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Downtown Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is a city in Eastern Iowa. In 2016, it was the second largest city in Iowa by population and is home to about 131,000 residents. Largely known as an industrial, working class city, Cedar Rapids has begun to grow and expand employment opportunities in the service sector, attracting new residents to the area. While out of the way of most major travel routes and destinations, a stop in Cedar Rapids may uncover a great taste of the Midwest. Typical Iowa hospitality is not lost here.

Get in[edit]

Map of Cedar Rapids

By bus[edit]

Cedar Rapids is served by Burlington Trailways.

By car[edit]

Cedar Rapids is on I-380, about 20 minutes north of I-80.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Eastern Iowa Airport (CID IATA) (about 8 mi (13 km) south of downtown). Allegiant Air: Las Vegas, Orlando–Sanford, Phoenix–Mesa, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg–Clearwater and seasonal Los Angeles. American Eagle: Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth. Delta Air Lines: Atlanta. Delta Connection: Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul. Frontier Airlines: Denver. United Airlines: Chicago–O'Hare, Denver. United Express: Chicago–O'Hare. The Eastern Iowa Airport (Q1431066) on Wikidata The Eastern Iowa Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

All addresses in the city are based upon a quadrant system. The system divides the city into four directional quadrants with addresses that may look something like this:

500 33rd Ave SW

The quadrant system's base is the insection of the Cedar River and 1st Avenue. Although seemingly simple to an observer, this system is nearly useless to visitors since the intersecting lines essentially form an "X" on a map rather than a "+".

Along I-380 (North/South interstate corridor) and the surrounding downtown area, traffic cameras are used to enforce speed and red-light laws. The Cedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD) has suggested that no additional cameras will be placed, although this hasn't been confirmed by any other agency. The photo-enforcement begins at various speeds over the posted limit, but you generally will not be cited for speeds between 1 and 8 mph over the limit on the interstate. Lower tolerance is used on city streets, and fairly strict enforcement applies to red-light violations.

Driving in Cedar Rapids can be a hassle compared to cities of similar size. First, major thoroughfares (1st Avenue, Collins Rd., Blairs Ferry Rd., and Edgewood Road) have traffic lighting patterns that are inefficient. You will likely feel as if you're "catching every light." Although this is true in many cities, Cedar Rapidians agree that it is decidedly worse here. Additionally, the roads are insufficient for the volume of traffic during peak travel hours. This means that the city becomes a rolling traffic snarl for an hour around high-traffic areas (Lindale Mall), and the traffic backup rivals that of larger cities.

If you happen to travel in the adjacent city of Marion, be aware of the posted speed limit. Rumors of excessive enforcement are exaggerated—but only slightly! The speed limit inconspicuously drops to 20 mph on major roads, and the Marion Police Department is all too happy to cite unfamiliar vehicles.

By bus[edit]

Cedar Rapids Transit +1 319 286-5573. Service runs M-F from 5:20AM until 7PM, and Sa 8:25AM to 5PM. There is no service on Sunday.




  • 1 Lindale Mall, 4444 1st Ave SE, +1 319 378-1380. Lindale Mall is anchored by Sears, Von Maur, and Younkers, with other chain stores and local retailers. Food court has chain restaurants, and Cedar Rapids-based options. Lindale Mall (Q6552112) on Wikidata Lindale Mall on Wikipedia
  • NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd St SE. Th F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 10AM-4PM, closed M-W. Marketplace for local businesses, including food and beverage vendors and boutiques.


  • Brewed Awakenings, 1271 1st Ave SE, +1 319 363-4333. Coffee shop near Coe College that makes excellent espresso.
  • The Flying Wienie, 103 8th Ave SW, +1 319 861-3036. The roof is adorned with a full-sized, bright yellow bi-plane. Serves hot dogs and other greasy short order food, homemade Polish sausage and gyros.
  • The Irish Democrat, 1st Ave and 32nd St, +1 319 364-9896. 11AM-?. Irish pub and grill. $7-15.
  • The Starlite Room, 3300 1st Ave NE. Small-town Iowa atmosphere with greasy food. Known for its half-pound Superburger.


  • R.G. Books, 3611 1st Ave NE, +1 319 363-7550. Small, cozy, intimate place with a variety of drinks. Books line the walls. Bartenders have unique personalities.
  • [dead link] Third Base Sports, 500 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, +1 319 378-9090. Great hand crafted ales, including five year round beers and three rotating seasonal tap handles. Diverse food menu, tons of TVs, party room, patio.
  • Zins taste, 227 2nd Ave S.E, +1 319 363-9467. M-Th 11AM-10PM; F 11AM-midnight; Sa 5PM-midnight. Tapas - Anything from sliders to seared scallops served as a tapas portion.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Cedar Rapids
ENDWaterloo  N I-380.svg S  Iowa CityEND
AmesMarshalltown ← Jct US 63.svg  W US 30.svg E  Mount VernonRock Falls
Ends at W I-80.svg EAmana Colonies  SW US 151.svg NE  AnamosaDubuque
AustinWaterloo  N US 218.svg S  Iowa CityKeokuk

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