By busCedar Rapids is served by Burlington Trailways.
By carCedar Rapids is on I-380, about 20 minutes north of I-80.
Eastern Iowa AirportAllegiant 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.
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 busCedar 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.
phone: +1 319 366-7503address: 410 Third Ave SEFeatures collection of works by Iowa natives Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, and a collection of 21 Roman portrait busts.
address: 950 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404Class A minor league baseball team in Cedar Rapids.
Cedar Valley Nature TrailGreat paved trail for bicycling, running, etc. Winds around the Cedar River, beautiful farm fields and wooded areas.
Indian Creek Nature CenterStop in the barn museum to learn about Iowa's plants and wildlife, then check out any of their several miles of nature trails.
phone: +1 319 378-1380address: 4444 1st Ave SELindale 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.
address: 1100 3rd St SEMarketplace for local businesses, including food and beverage vendors and boutiques.
phone: +1 319 363-4333address: 1271 1st Ave SECoffee shop near Coe College that makes excellent espresso.
phone: +1 319 861-3036address: 103 8th Ave SWThe 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.
phone: +1 319 364-9896address: 1st Ave and 32nd StIrish pub and grill.
The Starlite Roomaddress: 3300 1st Ave NESmall-town Iowa atmosphere with greasy food. Known for its half-pound Superburger.
phone: +1 319-363-0606address: 208 2nd Ave SEKnown for its large martini menu and music, dueling pianos every weekend, and also featuring comedy acts. Half-price martinis from 3-7PM everyday, and all day Tuesdays & Thursdays. Closed Sundays.
R.G. Booksphone: +1 319 363-7550address: 3611 1st Ave NESmall, cozy, intimate place with a variety of drinks. Books line the walls. Bartenders have unique personalities.
phone: +1 319 378-9090address: 500 Blairs Ferry Rd NEGreat hand crafted ales, including five year round beers and three rotating seasonal tap handles. Diverse food menu, tons of TVs, party room, patio.
Zins tasteaddress: 227 2nd Ave S.ETapas - Anything from sliders to seared scallops served as a tapas portion.
DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complexphone: +1 319 731-4444address: 350 1st Ave. NEUpscale hotel connected to the US Cellular Center
address: 605 32nd Ave SWAirport hotel with free breakfast.
phone: +1 319 366-2475address: 616 33rd Ave SWContinental breakfast, free wi-fi, in-room appliances
Tru by Hilton Cedar Rapids Westdalephone: +1 319 238-7300address: 3900 Westdale Pkwy SW