Oct 25, 2019 - Oct 26, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Hotels in Cedar Rapids are clustered in two main areas: along Interstate 380 near 33rd Ave SW, and just north of the city along Collins Road just off the interstate. The cluster south of downtown has a good mix of options, from budget chains like Motel 6 and Economy Inn to more upscale properties like Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites. On a normal day, the price range is about $40 USD for the budget properties to $100 for the luxury options. The cluster north of downtown favors more high-end options, but there are a few midscale properties that cost a little less, such as Quality Inn and La Quinta Inn. The downtown area is actually somewhat thin on hotel options, with just a few local properties and a DoubleTree by Hilton.
Cedar Rapids does not really have peak and low seasons as there is relatively little tourism to the area. That doesn't mean hotels will always have steady rates, however, as Cedar Rapids is a major regional business center and home to the headquarters or major operations centers of many food processing and trucking industry companies as well as the financial services company Aegon and defense contractor Rockwell Collins. Spikes in business travel to the area can be somewhat unpredictable and vary from year to year, so it's always a good idea to check ahead for major conferences and industry events.
Though the city doesn't see a huge amount of tourism, there are plenty of things to do there. Arts and culture options include tours of the historic Brucemore mansion, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Carl and Mary Koehler History Center and the National Czech and Slovak Museum. The NewBo City Market is an interesting place to shop that focuses on local foods and handmade goods, and is open Thursday through Sunday afternoons all year long. Indian Creek Nature Center is the place to go for biking, jogging or just a nice stroll.
Cedar Rapids is pleasant to visit in summer, as the average temperature is in the low 80s from June to August. The city also sees a little less rain than the national average and usually more than half of the year is sunny. Winters do tend to be very cold, however, and snow is always a possibility. You'll also hear about "the fifth season" while you're in the city. This is a popular local concept that encourages people to make time to enjoy what each of the unique seasons has to offer.
even though it was cold, i loved cedar rapids. nice, friendly people