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Iowa City is a real gem to find. Being a University town, it has everything that most towns do not have.  We experienced  things that one would only expect to find in Chicago or New York or any other major city in the country.  Coralville, Iowa is their sister city and abuts the city limits so be sure and visit both cities when you are there.

Their downtown area is where it is happening and you can walk everywhere which is great!   You can walk to the University and take advantage of everything that the University of Iowa has to offer.

Be sure and visit all of their museums and galleries as well.  There is a wonderful bookstore downtown that is located in a very old stone building that has thousands of books, The Haunted Bookshop,

There are dozens of places to visit in and around Iowa City. Some of our favorites were:

iowa herbert hooverBe sure and visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and  Museum as well as  his boyhood home in West Branch, Iowa which is only about 12 miles east of Iowa City.  It is extremely interesting to visit and has a lot of memorabilia about the President and is really a great history lesson. Their website

The University of Iowa is one of the finest in the nation.  The Master of Fine Arts-a graduate degree based on creative work rather than an academic thesis-was born at there as the nation's most celebrated creative writing program.  Also is the home to renowned visual arts programs and boundary-crossing work in music and theatre.

iowacity brick streetsThere are a lot of great restaurants in Iowa City serving all types of food and of course we love food. Our favorites were

  • Devotay, a tapas restaurant and artisan cocktail bar.  It is the finest tapas restaurant in the Midwest. Check them out at

  • The Atlas Restaurant and Bar, is another great restaurant and next door to them is:

  • Basta, an Italian restaurant which is a very interesting place to dine.

  • About a half a block away is the Pullman Diner and Bar, that is a very fun place.

All of these restaurants are located right downtown and each is packed all the time.    We highly suggest that you dine at each of these restaurants when you are staying in Iowa City.

iowa city signBut as they say about Iowa City, "Nothing can take the place of walking their streets, experiencing their scenic landscapes, meeting their people, engaging in their culture of their community and visiting their downtown shops and restaurants and bars."

Before going, sure and visit  and be sure to stay at the Brown Street Inn B and B when you go there.  It truly is the BEST place in town to stay.   Their website is:

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

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Published on:  April 8, 2016

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