Stopping at the second-largest city in Iowa might not sound like a swanky vacation, but Cedar Rapids could surprise you. Dubbed "the star of the Rust Belt turnaround" by The Los Angeles Times, this longstanding agricultural center has branched out into the arts and counts notable Hollywood actors such as Elijah Wood and Ashton Kutcher as hometown sons. Add to that a burgeoning commercial district, a raft of gourmet eateries, and lots of fun family activities, and snapping up Cedar Rapids vacation packages suddenly starts seeming like a smart idea.
After you've selected one of the cheap hotels in Cedar Rapids, take your savings down to the New Bohemia District, an area once saturated with Czech immigrants that has now become a chic place for shopping. Check out antiques, watch artisans craft pottery, browse local artwork, and drop by the massive NewBo city market, an environmentally friendly riff on flea markets. Afterward, visit The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library to learn about the history of the area's inhabitants, and follow it up with a show at the beautiful Paramount Theatre. Families will enjoy touring the grounds of historic Brucemore manor, hiking around the 210 acres of the Indian Creek Nature Centre, and watching the minor-league Cedar Rapids Kernels play some baseball.
You might need to rest up at one of the hotels in Cedar Rapids after all the activity, but when hunger beckons, head downtown for some good grub. From burgers to tapas, handmade desserts to gourmet twists on Midwestern staples, these restaurants make sure you won't leave hungry. New Bohemia has plenty of places to grab a drink, some slinging coffee alongside craft beer and others that'll talk shop with you about their own microbrews.
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