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Popular amenities for Iowa City vacation rentals

Stay near Iowa City's top sights

Kinnick Stadium27 locals recommend
Coral Ridge Mall34 locals recommend
Carver-Hawkeye Arena14 locals recommend
Walmart Supercenter8 locals recommend
Texas Roadhouse4 locals recommend
City Park6 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Iowa City

  • Total rentals

    290 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    10K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    170 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    70 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    150 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Wifi availability

    290 properties include access to wifi

Your guide to Iowa City

All About Iowa City

A picturesque university town with a meandering river that cuts through the center of town, Iowa City is characterized by red-brick buildings, historic remnants of its past as the state capital, and a renowned love of literature.

Among its literary and cultural attractions are the magnificent three-story Prairie Lights Books & Cafe and the 1915 Englert Theatre, one of Iowa City’s last historic theatres, where you not only go to see a show but also to step back in time to the 1920s. There is even a diner here that dates back to 1935, and its walls are lined with newspaper clippings of all the dignitaries that have visited this bustling university town. Iowa City’s pedestrian-friendly downtown streets are lined with boutiques, mom-and-pop restaurants, and college bars. Just across the Iowa River, you’ll find the Old Capitol Building located on the beautiful University of Iowa campus.

There are plenty of options for outdoor activities around town, including kayaking or paddleboarding on Sand Lake or hiking in the 180-acre Hickory Hill Park, which you reach by crossing through a 19th-century cemetery. If you want to go a bit further afield, the Maquoketa Caves State Park, a 90-minute drive northwest, features the 1,000-foot-tall Dancehall Cave along with several other caverns open to the public.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Iowa City

As a busy college town, Iowa City is full of activities all year round, making any season a great time for an Iowa City vacation rental. The summer days are hot and sunny, yet the humidity is far from oppressive, making the prospect of spending the day on the water at the Coralville Reservoir or exploring one of the nearby hiking trails especially appealing. The city also hosts its Jazz Fest and Taste of Iowa City festivals in the summer. During the fall, the city is buzzing with life as students begin their new academic year, and the beautiful University of Iowa campus is framed in fall foliage. Students rush home for the winter holidays, making this a quiet time to wander the city streets. When the snow falls, head to Sugar Bottom State Park, where you can go cross-country skiing.

Top things to do in Iowa City

The Devonian Fossil Gorge

If you have ever wanted to see the 375 million-year-old fossilized remains of the ocean floor, this is the place to do it. The gorge, located just off the banks of the Iowa River of today, was found almost by accident after a devastating 1993 flood washed away the surrounding earth and limestone. Now, you can find a diverse array of fossils showcasing all the little critters that lived there even before the dinosaurs.

University of Iowa Campus

The picturesque campus of the University of Iowa, founded in 1847, stretches across more than 1,700 acres. Visitors are welcome to wander around the expansive grounds and along the adjacent Iowa River Trail. Within the campus, you will find the Iowa Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History, as well as the Old Capitol Building, which served as the home of Iowa’s first government in the mid-19th century. It is now a museum where you can tour an old Supreme Court chamber.

Coralville Reservoir

Located just a 15-minute drive from Iowa City, this enormous reservoir was originally built for flood control and is now a popular recreation spot. When the weather is nice, you can go swimming, fishing, or boating along this tranquil lake or head into the nearby parkland to go hiking or mountain biking.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Iowa City?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Iowa City. Choose from more than 70 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Where should I stay in Iowa City?

    Make yourself at home in Iowa City by choosing from our most frequently booked neighborhoods. We have over 150 vacation rentals in Miller-Orchard, and over 310 vacation rentals in Longfellow.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Iowa City?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 150 vacation rentals in Iowa City featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Iowa City?

    Iowa City has more than 170 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Iowa City?

    Experience the best of Iowa City with our house rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Iowa City have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 150 house rentals with wifi in Iowa City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Iowa City have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 30 house rentals with a bbq area in Iowa City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Iowa City have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 150 house rentals with air conditioning in Iowa City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Iowa City have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with a gym in Iowa City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • What are the most popular amenities for Apartment Rentals in Iowa City?

    Enhance your stay in our Apartment Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 60 homes with air conditioning, over 60 homes with wifi, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

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