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Cedar Rapids and the surrounding towns are all located near major highways, so renting a car is the most practical way to explore the area. There’s plenty to discover, with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, NewBo City Market, the National Czech and Slovak Museum, Paramount Theatre and lush nature reserves – and that’s just for starters.

If you’re flying into Eastern Iowa Airport, it’s only a short walk from the arrivals gate to pick up your car. Popular car rental providers include Enterprise, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget, offering flexible packages from short bookings to those suited to long vacations. Orbitz can help you to find the best deal.

Cedar Rapids and beyond: Three destinations by car

Cedar Rapids is surrounded by historic landmarks, natural wonders and cultural activities. Here are three destinations to discover by car.

Lisbon and Mount Vernon

Jump in the car for a day trip to Lisbon and neighboring Mount Vernon. The area encompasses Palisades-Kepler State Park for picnics, hiking trails, and fishing in the Cedar River. Mount Vernon offers three national historic districts, including the downtown shopping area. Stop for a tour of the Lisbon History Center, or for a round at Kernoustie Golf Club.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 20 miles

Amana Colonies

Iowa’s largest National Historic Landmark is just a short drive southwest of Cedar Rapids. The Amana Colonies stretch across 26,000 acres of farmland. Seven heritage sites display the history of one of America’s longest-living communal societies. Visit the Amana Heritage Museum, the Communal Kitchen, the Homestead Blacksmith Shop, and the Colonies Trails.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 25 miles

Iowa City

Iowa City is an easy drive from Cedar Rapids, for business or pleasure. It’s home to the University of Iowa, the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Downtown Iowa is a vibrant spot for dining, bars and shopping at the pedestrian mall. Stop to admire the Old Capitol Building and the home of Robert Lucas.

Journey time: Around 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 30 miles