About three months ago I asked for advice on visiting Iowa City. We have returned to PA -- and I must say that you have a fantastic college city and an equally great state.
We stayed at hotelVetro, which was a somewhat odd hotel (something of a cross between a repurposed parking garage and a New York City loft) but central to everything. Comparatively speaking, the price per night was much less than its actual niceness. We were very happy.
Among the highlights were catching your Arts Fest-equivalent, finding an open gate at Kinnick (although it no doubt would be more fun on gameday), wandering the campus, visiting the Coralville Reservoir (with the flooding, there was a bathtub-like whirlpool by the gate tower), Whitey's, Atlas (mashed potatoes in a burrito - hell yes), Jimmy Jack's, Iowa River Power (the flooding made for a heck of a view), the Czech and Slovak Museum (not quite Iowa City, but close enough), Dyersville, Kum & Go (/snicker), Council Bluffs, Theisen's (great glass bottled sodas), driving the crushed stone roads at 55 mph, and a whole hell of a lot more. Everyone we ran into was friendly. And, unlike that hellhole Ohio, your roads were either construction free or, where there was construction, you had actual workers working (a novel concept).
We (or, when the Mrs. was tied up in her conference, I) put 4,100 miles on the wheels in 7 days. All in all, it was a blast. Thanks for the recommendations.
I haven't quite finished plotting the intrastate travel, but this is a lot of it:
All fantastic. Thanks again.