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Iowa City

4.3
Historic Sites · Geologic Formations · Fun & Games

Hidden gems in Iowa City

Old Capitol Museum ©
Historic Site
Old Capitol Museum
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
University of Iowa ©
Educational Site
University of Iowa
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Devonian Fossil Gorge ©
Geologic Formation
Devonian Fossil Gorge
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Museum of Natural History ©
Natural History Museum
Museum of Natural History
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It is the only City of Literature in North America, as awarded by UNESCO in 2008. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the 2016 population at 74,398, making it the state's fifth-largest city. Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County and home to the University of Iowa. Iowa City is the principal city of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses Johnson County and Washington County and has a population of over 164,000.Iowa City was the second capital of the Iowa Territory and the first capital city of the State of Iowa. The Old Capitol building is a National Historic Landmark in the center of the University of Iowa campus. The University of Iowa Art Museum and Plum Grove, the home of the first Governor of Iowa, are also tourist attractions. In 2008, Forbes magazine named Iowa City the second-best small metropolitan area for doing business in the United States.HistoryIowa City was created by an act of Legislative Assembly of the Iowa Territory on January 21, 1839, fulfilling the desire of Governor Robert Lucas to move the capital out of Burlington and closer to the center of the territory. This act began: "An Act to locate the Seat of Government of the Territory of Iowa...so soon as the place shall be selected, and the consent of the United States obtained, the commissioners shall proceed to lay out a town to be called "Iowa City". Use our United States trip planner to arrange your visit to Iowa City and any other destinations in United States that take your fancy.

Side trips from Iowa City

Jumer's Casino Rock Island
Casino
Jumer's Casino Rock Island Rock Island
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Distillery
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Galena
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Historic Site
Ulysses S. Grant Home Galena
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Popular things to do in Iowa City

Prairie Lights ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Prairie Lights
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Terry Trueblood Recreational Area ©
Park
Terry Trueblood Recreational Area
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Wilson's Orchard ©
Farm
Wilson's Orchard
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Coralville Lake visitor center ©
Natural History Museum
Coralville Lake visitor center
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Iowa City

Mormon Handcart Site ©
Historic Walking Area
Mormon Handcart Site
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Iowa Avenue Literary Walk
Historic Walking Area
Iowa Avenue Literary Walk
3.4
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Iowa City

Finkbine Golf Course ©
Golf Course
Finkbine Golf Course
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Pleasant Valley Golf Course ©
Golf Course
Pleasant Valley Golf Course
3.7
Duration: 2 hours

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