Iowa City Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Iowa City Trip Guide

The University of Iowa anchors the community (population: 68,000), which also enjoys a vibrant food and cultural scene.
Iowa City’s Hamburg Inn.
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The University of Iowa.
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The Iowa City Pedestrian Mall
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Iowa City's Blackstone
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Hotel Vetro in downtown Iowa City
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What to do

Brick Arch Winery This small winery embodies a charming blend of ma and pop hospitality and astounding sommelier stewardship. (319) 643-4001;

The Iowa City Pedestrian Mall The Ped Mall includes about 12 downtown blocks and houses many of the city’s best shops, college clubs and restaurants. (319) 354-0863;

Haunted Bookshop It’s still supervised by two cats, but the tidy shop selling books, toys, gifts and cards has moved to the historic Wentz house on North Gilbert. (319) 337-2996;

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site The quick detour from I-80 is worth it to see this exhibition on Hoover and America in the early 1900s. (319) 643-5301;

Mendoza Showcasing wines from Argentina, Mendoza makes a good stop for both casual tasters and oenophiles. (319) 333-1291;

Museum of Natural History Learn about Iowa's 500-million-year-old background and say hello to Rusty the sloth. (319) 335-0480;

Old Capital Museum Retrace the footsteps of Iowa's founding fathers at the Old Capital Museum. (319) 335-0548;

Where to eat

A and A Pagliai's Pizza Using a northern Italian family recipe dating back to 1914, A and A Pagliai’s provides Iowa City with a taste of old-world pizza. (319) 351-5073;

Bluebird Diner Savory sausage and excellent hollandaise elevate breakfast standbys. (319) 351-1470;

Blackstone Dine on American-style dishes infused with Greek, Asian and Latin influences. (319) 338-1770;

Brown Bottle Old-world Italian dishes have satisfied here since 1974. (319) 351-6704;

Devotay With shareable small plates and tapas-style fare, cozy and eclectic Devotay makes meals fun and tasty. (319) 354-1001;

Hamburg Inn This authentic sit-at-the-counter restaurant has managed to preserve the charm and dining excellence it established in 1948. (319) 337-5512;

Heyn's Ice Cream For more than two decades, Heyn’s has been dishing up Iowa City's favorite ice cream in nearly 40 flavors. (319) 354-1981;

Iowa River Power Restaurant Located in a turn-of-the-century former power plant, this eatery offers expansive views of a Iowa River dam and delicious cooked-to-perfection prime rib. (319) 351-1904;

Leaf Kitchen One-of-a-kind eclectic charm and great food create a memorable dining experience. (319) 338-1909;

Molly's Cupcakes Whimsical decor and decorated-to-order treats satisfy any sweet tooth. (319) 333-1297;

Where to stay

Brown Street Inn Warm hospitality and comfortable furnishings make the Brown Street Inn a solid choice for accommodations. (319) 338-0435;

HotelVetro Guests staying in the ultrahip, ecofriendly boutique hotel’s 54 suites take in city views from the huge rooftop patio. (800) 592-0355;

For information: Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 283-6592;

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