Thanks to a vibrant Czech culture and a downtown renaissance, the Eastern Iowa home of American Gothic artist Grant Wood has never felt more dynamic.

By Kate Silver
January 04, 2017

1. Village Meat Market and Cafe Locals head here for smoked Czech sausages, goulash and candied bacon (

2. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Admire the world's largest collection of works by Wood before checking out his nearby home and studio (

Village Meat Market and Cafe; The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

3. NewBo City Market Dozens of vendors peddle specialty food and art at the industrial site-turned-hip market (

4. Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery Taste smooth whiskeys and full-bodied wines at Iowa's first distillery licensed after Prohibition ended (

Newbo City Market; Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery

5. Sykora Bakery The line goes out the door as customers order kolache pastries and other Czech specialties (

6. Grant Wood Memorial Window The Veterans Memorial Building houses this Wood-designed masterpiece, with about 10,000 pieces of stained glass (

Sykora Bakery; Grant Wood Memorial Window

7. Popoli Ristorante and Sullivan's Bar Upscale Italian fare tastes that much richer inside this 106-year-old former bank (

8. The Hotel at Kirkwood Center With 150 staff members and 71 rooms, hospitality takes center stage at this airy, art-filled hotel with a lobby bar (

Popoli Ristorante and Sullivan's Bar; The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

Three things you probably didn't know

1. A podium signed by Barack Obama resides at the African American Museum of Iowa (

2. More than 100 flavors of popcorn await at Great American Popcorn Company (

3. The Mother Mosque of America reigns as North America's longest-standing mosque.

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