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Flights to Cedar Rapids

image of Cedar RapidsIowa’s second largest city, Cedar Rapids, lies on the Cedar River in the west of Iowa. The city was named for the rapids that appear on the river at this site, and the river had originally been named for the large number of red cedars that grew along its banks.

Getting to the Eastern Iowa Airport (airport code: CID) is fairly easy since it is just 8 kilometres (5 miles) out of Cedar Rapids’ downtown core. There are shuttles and taxis for transport to and from the airport. You can choose from a number of major airlines for flights to Cedar Rapids. British Midland transfers first in London and then again in Chicago, or Delta Airlines has a flight to Cedar Rapids with connections in Atlanta and Minneapolis. United Airlines has another option, with a route going through New York and Chicago.

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The Tourist Attractions in Cedar Rapids:

Cedar Rapids is a nice little city, known for its friendly people and relaxed atmosphere, making this a good place to visit on a holiday. The city can give visitors a real taste of the ‘American Midwest’ and even though Cedar Rapids is not full of specific tourist attractions there are a few things to see and do that might be of interest.

Museums in Cedar Rapids
There are several museums in Cedar Rapids, the best known of which is the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Famous American painter Grant Wood called Cedar Rapids his home so it’s fitting that many of his pieces should appear in this museum. Other Iowan artists’ works can also be seen here. Grant Wood is best known for his ‘American Gothic’ piece that was painted in 1930 in a studio in Cedar Rapids. The Grant Wood Studio is three blocks away from the current museum and is open to the public for guided tours on certain days of the week.

Among the other museums in Cedar Rapids is the National Czech and Slovak Museum, and the African American Historical Museum, however these two museums were both severely damaged during the 2008 Cedar Rapids flood, and their future is uncertain.

The Brucemore Estate
The Brucemore Estate is a 26 acre historic estate in Cedar Rapids that has gardens and an impressive mansion available for tours. The mansion was built between 1884 and 1886 in a Queen Anne style and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can tour both the mansion and the grounds, including a guided mansion tour. The gardens are a beautiful place to come and enjoy the greenery and provide an escape from the bustling city outside.

When Should You Visit?:

Cedar Rapids’ nickname is a City of Five Seasons – this is because it experiences the usual four seasons, though the fifth season is a time to enjoy the other four! If you prefer warm weather, visit Cedar Rapids in the summer, when temperatures are warm and pleasant. Spring and autumn have their advantages too, but winters can be cold and therefore may not be to everybody’s taste.

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