Go Cedar Rapids
Go Cedar Rapids

Weekend Getaway

As the true heart of Eastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids is a great destination to visit.

Our 2014 All-America City has world-class arts and culture, fun festivals throughout the year, an ever-growing shopping scene, fabulous restaurants, award-winning wineries and breweries, and endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Following are just a few ways you can spend your time here!

Friday

Luxurious Accommodations

Whether you drive or fly into town, be sure to stay at the Doubletree by Hilton. Our newly renovated hotel offers luxurious and comfortable accommodations in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids.

Talented Theater Group

Once you’ve sampled the fresh cookies and checked in, take a short stroll over to Theatre Cedar Rapids - located just across the street from the hotel. You’ll be blown away by all the amazing local talent who bring beloved musicals and plays to life on the stage of this historic theatre.

More Talent and Fun Eatery

You can also see what’s on offer at the Paramount Theatre, located just a few blocks from your hotel. Enjoy a performance by Orchestra Iowa or catch a big name musician or Broadway production rolling through town. The interior of this grand theatre has been meticulously restored and will take your breath away. Stop by the White Star Ale House after the show for a nightcap or Irish coffee.

Saturday

Delicious Bite to Eat

Enjoy a great night’s sleep in your sumptuous room at the Doubletree by Hilton. Then, when you awake refreshed, kick off the day with breakfast at Parlor City Pub & Eatery. They offer a delicious breakfast menu and an incredible Bloody Mary bar.

Unique Heritage

After fueling up, explore some of Cedar Rapids’ premier museums. Just across the bridge from Parlor City is the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. You’ll discover an impressive collection of Czech and Slovak artifacts as well as engaging exhibitions. Explore Cedar Rapids’ unique history and our historical connection to Czech and Slovak heritage. You can easily spend an hour or two wandering through the galleries.

World-Renowned Art

Next head back across the bridge to visit the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art where you can continue your immersion in the arts. You’ll find the world’s largest collection of work by famed American Gothic artist and Cedar Rapids’ native Grant Wood. You’ll also discover diverse exhibits—like ancient Roman art and antiquities—as well as works by modern American artists throughout the museum’s many galleries.

Variety of Tastes

By now you’re likely thinking about lunch. There’s no better place to stop than the NewBo City Market. Located in the heart of the New Bo(hemian) neighborhood, the NewBo City Market was named the 2014 top tourism destination in Iowa. You’ll be spoiled for choice by all the vendors offering hot, fresh and ready-to-eat culinary delights. From Mexican, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine to wood-fired pizza and classic deli sandwiches, the market is like no other you’ve ever experienced. Everyone is sure to find something they’ll love. Don’t miss the sea salt caramel ice cream served in a pretzel cone. You can thank us later.

Rich Iowa History

After lunch, make time for a stop at Brucemore, a National Historic Trust Site located just a few miles east of downtown. It is a true Eastern Iowa treasure that showcases a rich history about Cedar Rapids’ residents and our city as a whole. Brucemore truly offers a Downton Abbey flavor . . . but on this side of the pond. Make sure to not only tour the mansion, but to also wander around the gardens of the full 26-acre park-like property.

Exquisite Dining

For your Saturday night on the town, we recommend making dinner reservations at Popoli Ristorante and Sullivan’s Bar. New on the Cedar Rapids restaurant scene, Popoli offers a fine-dining experience in a beautifully restored jewel box bank. It’s an ideal setting to relax after spending a day enjoying the city. The stained glass, art deco architecture and stunning murals provide a delightful atmosphere as you dine on sumptuous entrees. Don’t pass up the bruschetta appetizer options. And their cocktail menu is worth a sip or two too.

Fun Sporting Events

Depending on the season, consider a sporting venue after dinner. Grab tickets to see one of Cedar Rapids hometown teams on the field, on the diamond or on the ice.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders hockey team plays from late September until April and the players offer exciting ice hockey action. If football is your game, then check out the Cedar Rapids Titans, our professional indoor arena football team. They play from February until June and their fast-paced games pack a huge entertainment punch. Of course our beloved Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball team is another can’t-miss sporting event opportunity. Their season begins in April and runs through the summer months, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy warm evenings at the ballpark.

Sunday

Beautiful City Views

Before you head out of town, be sure to enjoy a delicious brunch at 350 First. This restaurant—located on the top floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton— offers a gourmet experience in a unique setting. Spoiler alert: the views are spectacular.