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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; brickarchwinery.com

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. downtowniowacity.com

Haunted Bookshop It’s still supervised by two cats, but the tidy shop selling books, toys, gifts and cards has moved to the corner of Linn and Market streets. (319) 337-2996; thehauntedbookshop.com

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. See reviews and ratings. (319) 643-2541; hoover.nara.gov

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

Museum of Natural History Learn about Iowa's 500-million-year-old background and say hello to Rusty the sloth. (319) 335-0606; uiowa.edu/mnh

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

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; pagliaisic.com

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

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

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

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

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; hamburginn.com

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; heynsicecream.com

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; iowariverpower.net

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

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

Where to stay

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

HotelVetro Guests staying in the ultrahip, ecofriendly boutique hotel’s 54 suites take in city views from the huge rooftop patio. From $159. (800) 592-0355; hotelvetro.com

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

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