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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Nickname(s): City of Five Seasons, CR
Motto: The fifth season is a time to enjoy life, to enjoy the other four seasons.[1]
Location in the State of Iowa
Map from U.S. Census
Coordinates: 41°58′59″N 91°40′7″W / 41.98306°N 91.66861°W / 41.98306; -91.66861
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Linn
Incorporated 1849
Government
 - Type Home Rule - Weak Mayor
 - Mayor Ron Corbett (D)
Area
 - City 64.4 sq mi (166.8 km2)
 - Land 63.1 sq mi (163.5 km2)
 - Water 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
Elevation 810 ft (247 m)
Population (2008)[2][3]
 - City 128,056
 Density 1,912.6/sq mi (738.4/km2)
 Metro 255,452
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 52400-52499
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-12000
GNIS feature ID 0465941
Website www.cedar-rapids.org

Cedar Rapids (pronounced /ˈsiːdər ˈræpɨdz/) is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. The city lies on both banks of the Cedar River, 20 miles (32 km) north of Iowa City and 100 miles (160 km) east of Des Moines, the largest city and state's capital. City Hall and the County Courthouse are located on Mays Island, on the Cedar River, Downtown. Cedar Rapids is one of few cities in the world with governmental offices on a municipal island.[4]

A flourishing center for arts and culture in Eastern Iowa, the city is home to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Paramount Theatre, Theatre of Cedar Rapids and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance. Cedar Rapids is an economic hub of the state, located in the core of the Interstate 380 Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Technology Corridor of Linn, Benton, Jones, Johnson, and Washington counties.[5] The estimated population of the three-county Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes nearby cities of Marion and Hiawatha, was 255,452 in 2008.[3] The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 128,056 in 2008.[2] The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor has an estimated population of 423,353 as of 2006[6].

Cedar Rapids has been residence to famous figures for the United States, including American Gothic painter Grant Wood, journalist and historian William L. Shirer, writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten, and aerodynamics pioneer Dr. Alexander Lippisch.[7][8] In the 1990s and 2000s, Hollywood would feature several Cedar Rapidians including actors Bobby Driscoll, Ashton Kutcher, Elijah Wood and Ron Livingston. The city is also the setting for a musical, "The Pajama Game" .

The name Cedar Rapids is named for the Cedar River. Cedar Rapids is nicknamed the City of Five Seasons for the traditional four seasons and a "fifth season" which is a time to enjoy the other four.[1] The symbol of the five seasons is the Tree of Five Seasons sculpture in downtown Cedar Rapids along the north river bank. The name "Five Seasons" and representations of the sculpture appear throughout the city in many forms.[citation needed]

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History

The location of present-day Cedar Rapids was in the territory of the Fox and Sac tribes.

The first permanent settler, Osgood Shepherd, arrived in 1838. When Cedar Rapids was first established in 1838, William Stone named the town Columbus. In 1841 it was resurveyed and renamed by N.B. Brown and his associates. They named the town Cedar Rapids, for the rapids in the Cedar River at the site. The river was named for the large number of red cedar trees that grew along its banks. Cedar Rapids was incorporated on January 15, 1849.[9] Cedar Rapids annexed the community of Kingston in 1870.

The economic growth of Cedar Rapids increased in 1871 upon the founding of the Sinclair meatpacking company.

In June 2008, the Cedar River surpassed the 500-year flood plain and placed an estimated 1300 city blocks, or 9 square miles (23 km2), on both banks of the river under water. Nearly 4,000 homes were evacuated. The Cedar River reached a record high of 31.2 feet (9.5 m) on June 14, 2008. Over 300 homes are to be destroyed in the Cedar Rapids area.[10] (see Iowa flood of 2008)

Second Avenue SE in downtown Cedar Rapids looking towards the Cedar River.

Geography

The city is divided into four quadrants. For addresses, 1st Avenue (Business Highway 151) divides the north and south sides of the city, and the Cedar River divides east and west. The quadrants are labeled NE, SE, NW and SW. A street address in Cedar Rapids usually consists of the house number, the street name, and the quadrant. For example, 123 Example St NW. The only exceptions are government addresses on Mays Island and locations outside the city limits but which use Cedar Rapids in their mailing address, which have no quadrant label.

Except in the downtown area, 1st Avenue and the Cedar River tend to run diagonally instead of straight north/south/east/west. (In fact, 1st Avenue briefly runs directly west-east on the west side of the city, SW to NE in the middle, and south-north on the east side.) Thus, the area designated NE is geographically the northern section of the city; NW the western; SE the eastern; and SW the southern. As a result, there are some areas in western Cedar Rapids where NW addresses are actually south of SW addresses.

Cedar Rapids metropolitan area. From left Benton County, Linn County, and Jones County.

Cedar Rapids is divided into fourteen ZIP Codes. Mays Island and the downtown area are covered by 52401. The northeast quadrant is covered by 52402 and 52411. The southeast quadrant is covered by 52403. The southwest quadrant is covered by 52404. The northwest quadrant is covered by 52405. Post office boxes are covered by ZIP codes 52406, 52407, 52408, 52409, and 52410. Several other ZIP codes are for specific business (Aegon USA, Rockwell Collins, etc.).

The Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of Linn, Benton, and Jones counties. The MSA had a 2000 census population of 237,230, with an estimated 2008 population of 255,452.[3] (Linn County was the only county in the MSA before MSA definitions were redefined after the 2000 census.)

As a growing job center, Cedar Rapids pulls commuters from nearby Marion and Hiawatha which have become suburbs though they are old incorporated towns. Other towns that have become bedroom communities include Ely, Swisher, Shueyville, Palo, Atkins, Fairfax, Walford, Robins and Bertram.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 64.4 square miles (166.8 km²), of which, 63.1 square miles (163.5 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it (1.99%) is water.

Demographics

Historical Populations
Year Pop.  %±
1860 1,830
1870 5,940 224.6%
1880 10,104 70.1%
1890 18,020 78.3%
1900 25,656 42.4%
1910 32,811 27.9%
1920 45,566 38.9%
1930 56,097 23.1%
1940 62,120 10.7%
1950 72,296 16.4%
1960 92,035 27.3%
1970 110,642 20.2%
1980 110,243 −0.4%
1990 108,772 −1.3%
2000 120,758 11.0%
"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov.  and Iowa Data Center

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 120,758 people, 49,820 households, and 30,838 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,912.6 people per square mile (738.4/km²). There were 52,240 housing units at an average density of 827/sq mi (319/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.86% White, 3.71% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 49,820 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,704, and the median income for a family was $54,286. Males had a median income of $37,217 versus $26,251 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,589. About 4.9% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

Cedar Rapids is 90 percent non-Hispanic white, but has a notably large growing minority population. There are Asian (such as Cambodians arrived in the 1980s), Arab-American and Hispanic communities after an influx of immigrants came for available work in the 1990s. The region has a scattered number of African Americans and they are active in civic life, and an Indian settlement of the Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa 50 miles (80 km) to the West. The city itself has large numbers of ethnic European ancestry, such as Germans (an estimated 30 percent), Czechs (over 10 percent alone), Slovaks, Croatians, Serbs, Russians, Dutch, Danish, Swedes and French (from either France and Canada).

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Muslim Heritage

Cedar Rapids has played an important role in Muslim culture in the United States. The National Muslim Cemetery on 12 acres (49,000 m2) of land donated by Haj. Yahya William Aossey in 1948 is said to be the first exclusively Muslim cemetery in the United States (it is unrelated to the United States military National Cemetery system). Graves in the cemetery face Mecca.[12] The Mother Mosque of America dedicated on June 16, 1934 was one of the first permanent structures built specifically to serve as a mosque in the United States.[13] In 1972 another newer mosque was built and the original mosque was sold and was to fall into disrepair before being purchased in 1990 by the Islamic Council of Iowa and renovated.[14][15] It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Iowa flood of 2008 extensively damaged the basement destroying several historic documents.

Muslim presence in Cedar Rapids dates to 1895 when the first immigrants arrived from the Beqaa Valley in today's Lebanon and Syria. Organizations now claim to have the oldest running organization in the United States of granting Halal certificates (for Iowa food products).[16]

The 12-story Roosevelt Hotel was built in 1927 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of several prospects attracting outside investors to the city[17].

Economy

Cedar Rapids is the largest corn-processing city in the world. The grain processing industry is Cedar Rapids' most important sector, directly providing 4,000 jobs that pay on average $85,000, and also providing 8,000 indirectly.[18] Cedar Rapids is home to several large businesses and industries, including General Mills, Cargill, Rockwell Collins, Quaker Oats, AEGON, Archer Daniels Midland, and Nordstrom.[18]

Rockwell Collins made the Fortune 500 for the first time in 2009, ranking 488th.[19] Although many of these companies have been located in Cedar Rapids for quite some time, a larger number of high-tech industries are locating in or around Cedar Rapids because it is part of the Technology Corridor, a region of the state that also includes the Iowa City metro area to the south. Much of Iowa's technological businesses and industries operate from this corridor. Since a diversification of the local economy, the unemployment rate has held at a reasonable rate and wages are consistently among the highest in the state.

Among the technology companies is Newspaperarchive which through its Cedar Rapids parent Heritage Microfilm is the largest newspaper archive in North America (with a repository of more than 150 million pages assembled over 250 years).

Arts

The Tree of Five Seasons sculpture is the city's centerpiece, located where 1st Avenue crosses the Cedar River on the north bank. It was constructed in the mid-1990s by a local businessman to promote the area.

Cedar Rapids is home to The Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, The Paramount Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids, and Brucemore-A National Trust Historic Site, among others.

Cedar Rapids is also home to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Legion Art's CSPS Museum, the National Czech & Slovak Museum, the African American Historical Museum, Kirkwood Community College's Iowa Hall Gallery, and the legendary Grant Wood Studio at 5 Turner Alley. These Cedar Rapids venues have recently hosted world class and award nominated exhibitions, including the works of Andy Warhol, Grant Wood, and the Iowa Biennial, among others.

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Grant Wood paintings in the world. The 1920s Paramount Theatre is home to the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Cedar Rapids Area Theatre Organ Society. Concerts and events such as high school graduations, sporting events, exhibitions, and political rallies are held in the U.S. Cellular Center, formerly known as The Five Seasons Center.

Many arts centers in Cedar Rapids sustained severe damage during the June 2008 flood. Among those severely damaged are the Paramount Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the National Czech & Slovak Museum, and the African American Historical Museum. Two Wurlitzer organs were damaged, located at the Paramount Theatre and Theatre Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art suffered minor damage. It is expected to cost $25 million to repair the Paramount.[20][21]

Sports

Cedar Rapids is home of the minor-league baseball team Cedar Rapids Kernels, a member of the Midwest League since 1962. The Kernels are a Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The ice hockey team Cedar Rapids RoughRiders are a member of the USHL and were once Clark Cup Champions. There is also a junior hockey league, the Cedar Rapids Hockey Association, with mini-mite-high school teams. Sports facilities include Veterans Memorial Stadium for baseball, Kingston Stadium for football and track, the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena for hockey, Hawkeye Downs Speedway, a half-mile paved racetrack featuring weekly racing and national and regional touring series as well as a motocross arena, and the U.S. Cellular Center (formerly the Five Seasons Center) for basketball. This arena also hosts the Iowa High School volleyball championships and many concerts. Cedar Rapids is also home to the high competitive "metro" athletic teams, representing Jefferson, Washington, Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Xavier, and Prairie high schools. Cedar Rapids is also the birth place of NASCAR Nationwide's 2008 RAYBESTO's Rookie Of The Year Landon Cassill.

Government

Veterans Memorial Building, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Also called City Hall.
Mays Island with the County Courthouse in the rear of the majestic City Hall.

From April 6, 1908, to December 31, 2005, Cedar Rapids used the city commission form of government. It was one of the few larger American cities remaining to operate under this model. Under this form of government, the council was made up of a public safety commissioner, a streets commissioner, a finance commissioner, a parks commissioner, and a mayor. The council members worked on a full-time basis, served two year terms, and were considered department heads. The last mayor of Cedar Rapids under this form of government was Paul Pate.

In 2005 the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce spearheaded a movement to change from the commission form of government. A panel was appointed by Mayor Pate and the City Council to study the issue, and recommended that voters be presented with three options:

  • Stay with the current commission form of government.
  • Adopt a "strong mayor form" where the council would be part time, the mayor would be full time, and a city manager would run the day to day affairs of the city.
  • Adopt a "weak mayor form" of government, in this form the mayor and council would both work on a part-time basis. A full-time city manager would run the day-to-day operations of the city.

On June 14, 2005, voters went to the polls to decide whether to adopt a new form of government or continue with the commission form. This time, with very low turnout, 17,064 voted to change the government and 7,741 voted for the existing commission form. Elections were held on November 8, 2005 and 30 candidates ran. Kay Halloran, a retired attorney and state legislator, became the first mayor elected under the new system. Several members of the city council were elected outright; however, the remaining races were close enough to require a runoff election, which took place in December.

Cedar Rapids now has an Iowa "Home Rule" charter which establishes a weak mayor system with a part-time City Council and Mayor both on four year terms.[22] The eight-member Council is divided into five districts. One council member is elected from each district and the remaining three members are elected on an at-large basis. The mayor's salary is $30,000 and each member's is $15,000.

The Council and Mayor hired Jim Prosser as City Manager in the summer of 2006. Prior to hiring Prosser, James Flitz, formerly the City Attorney, served as interim City Manager. Department directors report to the City Manager, who has authority over employment, except in the case of the Police and Fire Chiefs, which require Council approval. The first meeting of the Council was held on January 3, 2006.

Mayors of Cedar Rapids since 1969

Mayor Period
Don Canney 1969-1992
Larry Serbousek 1992-1995
Lee Clancey 1995-2002
Paul Pate 2002-2006
Kay Halloran (D) 2006-2009
Ron Corbett (R)[23] 2010-
  • Under Iowa law, municipal elections are non-partisan.

Neighborhoods

Czech Village is at the heart of the city's Czech heritage. Pictured is Sykora Bakery which is now open to the public.

Czech Village is located along 16th Avenue SW which is south of the Cedar River. It is home to such Czech-related businesses as Zindrick's Czech Restaurant, Boženka's, Czech Feather & Down Company, and Czech Cottage. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is one of the major tourist attractions in Cedar Rapids.

The Cedar Rapids Czech Heritage Foundation is one of many local organizations working to promote and preserve Czech heritage in Cedar Rapids. They support and sponsor many programs and events throughout the year. One of these programs is the Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa pageant. Two Miss Czech-Slovak USA queens can claim this community as home: Lisa Volesky and Stasia Krivanek.

Olga Drahozal is the famed band leader of the Czech Plus Polka Band, a performing group that frequents the Kosek Band Stand. She, along with Bessie Duggena and Leona Poduška, taught Czech School (Česká škola) at Wilson Middle School.

In 2003, the African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa opened its doors. Cedar Rapids is also home to the historic 26 acre (105,000 m²) Brucemore Estate, on which sits a 21-room mansion and the Masonic Library and Museum.

There are twelve active neighborhood associations in Cedar Rapids. These include Wellington Heights and Moundview Heights on the south side. In the Northeast is the Kenwood neighborhood, which was independent until incorporated in the Cedar Rapids city limits. The boundaries of Kenwood are 32nd Street to Oakland Road to Old Marion Road to C Avenue to 40th Street then 1st Avenue between 40th street and 32nd Street.

In addition to the neighborhood associations in Cedar Rapids, there are many informal, unofficial neighborhoods, such as Bowman Woods, Vernon Heights, Stoney Point, and Wilderness Estates.

In 2009, Cedar Rapids was rated one of the "Top 10 cities to Grow Up In" in the United States, partly due to a low crime rate and a good public school system.[24]

Education

Cedar Rapids is home to two four-year colleges: Coe College and Mount Mercy College. The University of Iowa also has an evening MBA facility there.[25] Kirkwood Community College is the area's only two-year college, while Kaplan University (formerly Hamilton College) and Upper Iowa University also have campuses there. Cornell College in Mount Vernon and the University of Iowa's main campus in Iowa City are both within 30 miles (48 km) of Cedar Rapids.

The Cedar Rapids Community School District is the largest school district in the metropolitan area with an enrollment of 17,263 in the 2006-2007 school year.[26] The district contains 24 elementary schools, six middle schools, and four high schools: Jefferson, Washington, Kennedy, and Metro High School(an alternative high school).[27] Two neighboring school districts draw students from within the Cedar Rapids city limits. The Linn-Mar Community School District serves part of the northeast quadrant of the city and has seven elementary schools inside the city limits.[28] The College Community School District serves part of the southwest quadrant of Cedar Rapids as well as neighboring rural portions of Linn, Benton and Johnson counties. College Community's four elementary schools, Prairie Middle School, and Prairie High School are all located in a central campus off Interstate 380.[29]

The Cedar Rapids Metro Catholic Education System, which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque, consists of six elementary schools,[30] two middle schools,[31] and one high school (Xavier). The Cedar Rapids Catholic Education System and Cedar Rapids Community School District are synonymous with each other in the Cedar Rapids Public and Parochial School System.

The city hosts several private schools, including Cedar Valley Christian School, Trinity Lutheran School, Holloway House, and Isaac Newton Christian Academy.

Home schooling is a popular educational option in the area, and several support groups exist for home-schooling families. Area school districts also offer home school assistance programs.

Transportation

Cedar Rapids is served by The Eastern Iowa Airport (formerly known as the Cedar Rapids Airport), a regional airport that connects with other regional and international airports.

Interstate 380, part of the Avenue of the Saints, runs north-south through Cedar Rapids. U.S. Highways 30, 151, and 218 and Iowa Highway 13 and Iowa Highway 100 also serve the city.

Cedar Rapids is served by four major railroads. They are the Union Pacific, the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (Crandic), the Canadian National, and the Iowa Northern Railway Company [IANR]. The Iowa Northern Railway has its headquarters in the historic Paramount Theater Building. The Crandic and the Iowa Interstate Railroad also are headquartered in Cedar Rapids. The Iowa Interstate reaches the city via the Crandic tracks, running a daily train from Iowa City, Iowa to Cedar Rapids.

The city is also served by Cedar Rapids Transit consisting of an extensive bus system and taxis, as well as a series of skywalks connecting several downtown buildings for foot traffic.

Cedar Rapids is connected to many cities in the Midwest by Burlington Trailways.

Media

Radio

Cedar Rapids' radio market, which consists of Linn County,[32] is ranked 211th by Arbitron with 172,000 listeners aged 12 and older.[33]

Clear Channel Communications owns four stations in the Cedar Rapids area, including WMT 600 AM, a news/talk station that has broadcast since 1922. Clear Channel also owns WMT-FM 96.5, a hot adult contemporary station; KMJM 1360 AM, a sports radio station; and KKSY 95.7 FM, a country music station.[34] Cumulus Media owns four stations in Cedar Rapids: KDAT 104.5 FM (adult contemporary), KHAK 98.1 FM (country music), KRNA 94.1 FM (active rock), and KRQN 107.1 (oldies).[35] Three other stations in Cedar Rapids are independently owned: KZIA 102.9 FM (contemporary hits), KGYM 1600 AM (sports radio), and KMRY 1450 AM (adult standards).[36] Several stations from Waterloo and Iowa City also figure into ratings in Cedar Rapids.[37] These stations include KFMW 107.9 FM, otherwise known as Rock 108 with an active rock format and KOKZ 105.7 FM which has a classic hits format. Both stations are located in Waterloo. Clear Channel owned KKRQ 100.7 FM and it's classic rock format is the Iowa City station that is typically highly rated in Cedar Rapids.

The only non-commercial station licensed to Cedar Rapids is KCCK 88.3 FM, a jazz station licensed to Kirkwood Community College. KXGM-FM 89.1 is a non-commercial contemporary Christian music station licensed to neighboring Hiawatha.[36] NPR stations from Cedar Falls (KUNI (FM) 90.9 FM) and Iowa City (KSUI 91.7 FM and WSUI 910 AM) reach Cedar Rapids.[38]

Television

The Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City-Dubuque media market consists of 21 eastern Iowa counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Tama, Washington, and Winneshiek.[32] It is ranked 88th by Nielsen Media Research for the 2008-2009 television season with 346,330 television households.[39]

Cedar Rapids is home to four network-affiliated stations: KGAN channel 2 (CBS), KCRG channel 9 (ABC), KFXA channel 28 (Fox), and KPXR channel 48 (ION). NBC affiliate KWWL channel 7 is based in Waterloo but maintains a newsroom inside the Alliant Energy tower in downtown Cedar Rapids. Other stations in the market are KWKB channel 20 (CW/MyNetwork TV), licensed to Iowa City; KWWF channel 22 (RTN), licensed to Waterloo; and KFXB channel 40 (CTN), licensed to Dubuque. Public television is provided by Iowa Public Television, which has two stations in the area: KIIN channel 12 in Iowa City and KRIN channel 32 in Waterloo. Mediacom and local company ImOn Communications provide cable television service to Cedar Rapids.

Print

The Gazette is the primary daily newspaper for Cedar Rapids.

Health

There are two hospitals in Cedar Rapids. St. Luke's and Mercy Medical Center.

Notable natives and residents

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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Cedar Rapids [1] is a city in Eastern Iowa. In 2000, it was the second largest city in Iowa by population and is home to approximately 140,000 residents. While historically known as an industrial, working class city, Cedar Rapids has recently begun to grow and expand employment opportunities in the service sector, attracting new residents to the area. While out of the way of most major travel routes and destinations, a stop in Cedar Rapids may uncover a great taste of the Midwest. Typical Iowa hospitality is not lost here.

Get in

By car

Cedar Rapids is on I-380, about 20 minutes north of I-80.

By plane

The Eastern Iowa Airport (IATA: CID) [2], approximately 5 miles south of downtown, is served by five airlines.

Get around

All addresses in the city are based upon a quadrant system. The system divides the city into four directional quadrants with addresses that may look something like this:

500 33rd Ave SW

The quadrant system's base is the insection of the Cedar River and 1st Avenue. Although seemingly simple to an observer, this system is nearly useless to visitors since the intersecting lines essentially form an "X" on a map rather than a "+".

  • Cedar Rapids Downtown District [3]
  • Cedar Rapids History Center [4]
  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave SE, +1 319 366-7503 [5] Features a collections of works by Iowa natives Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, along with a collection of 21 Roman portrait busts. (Currently Closed to public)
  • Science Station, 427 First St SE, +1 319 366-0968 [6] Interactive children's science museum. Features an IMAX dome. (Currently closed to public)
  • Theatre Cedar Rapids [7].
  • Cedar Rapids Symphony [8].
  • Beef O'Brady's, 5240 Edgewood Rd NE, +1 319 294-4992, [9]. 11AM-11PM. A family type sports pub. Specialize in chicken wings (12 different sauces)and burgers. $6-$12.  edit
  • Blend, 221 Second Ave SE, +1 319 366-3364, [10]. Upscale restaurant with a contemporary and comfortable atmosphere. Their gourmet menu changes monthly, ranging from exotic seafood to T-bone steak. $25-$50.  edit
  • Bishop's Buffet, 2600 Edgewood Rd SW (Westdale Mall), +1 319 390-4541. All-you-can-eat cafeteria serving American food. A favorite Sunday dinner stop for the elderly. Known for its chocolate ambrosia pie.  edit
  • Brewed Awakenings, 1271 1st Ave SE, +1 319 363-4333, [11]. A very comfortable coffee shop near Coe College that makes excellent espresso.  edit
  • The Flying Wienie, 103 8th Ave SW, +1 319 861-3036, [12]. The roof is adorned with a full sized, bright yellow bi-plane. As the name suggests, serves hot dogs and other greasy short order food, homemade Polish sausage and Gyros.  edit
  • The Irish Democrat, 1st Ave and 32nd St, +1 319 364-9896, [13]. 11AM-?. Irish pub and grill. $7-$15.  edit
  • The Starlite Room, 3300 1st Ave NE. Small town Iowa atmosphere with greasy food. Known for it's 1/2-pound Superburger.  edit
  • The Vernon Inn (The Greek Place), 2663 Mt Vernon Rd SE, +1 319 366-7817. Greek cuisine. Flaming cheese and stuffed grape leaves are a must.  edit
  • The Piano Lounge, 208 2nd Ave SE, +1 319_363-0606, [14]. Known for its large martini menu and music. Wide array of customers listening to dueling pianos. Half-price martinis on Thursdays.  edit
  • R.G. Books, 3611 1st Ave NE, +1 319 363-7550. Small, cozy, intimate place for a small group of friends. Books line the walls, the bartenders have unique personalities, and a variety of drinks. Try the mojito.  edit
  • Third Base Sports, 500 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, +1 319 378-9090, [15]. Formerly Cedar Brewing Company, a microbrewery with lots of greasy, testy dinner food.  edit
  • Howard Johnson, 616 33rd Ave SW (5 blocks W of I-380), +1 319 366-2475, [16]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Includes complimentary continential breakfast,free wi-fi,in room appliances  edit
Routes through Cedar Rapids
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