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Condo in Iowa City
Budget friendly, clean condo. Great location.
Quiet condo close to Kinnick Stadium, Carver Hawkeye and eXtreme arenas. Grocery store, pharmacy, laundromat, restaurant, coffee shop, bus-stop all a short walk away. Easy 2 mile commute to Kinnick Stadium and University of Iowa Hospital campus. Walkout patio onto a walking/bike trail with green space on the way to West High School. Super clean, comfy retreat after a game, hospital or parents weekend visit. Less than 3 miles to IRL.
$55 per night
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Rental unit in Iowa City
DOWNTOWN*HOSPITAL*CARVER ARENA*WIFI*PARK FREE
0.1 Miles to Carver Hawkeye Arena Located in the heart of Iowa City, Iowa!! • 2 minute drive to: -University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics -University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital -Kinnick Stadium Football -Carver Hawkeye Arena (walk 1 min) 1 bedroom Apartment. Full kitchen. Laundry. ONE FREE PARKING SPACE (reserved spot in a heated, underground parking garage) HOSPITAL DISCOUNTS!!- Send MESSAGE!
$78 per night
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Rental unit in Iowa City
Goosetown Getaway
Experience downtown Iowa City’s historic and charming Northside neighborhood in a beautifully-renovated space. This cozy apartment is ideally located within a 10 minute walk to downtown and The University of Iowa campus. This bright 1 bed, 1 bath unit is perfect for couples and professionals needing a comfortable retreat with convenient access to all that Iowa City has to offer.
$85 per night
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Stay near Iowa City's top sights

Photo of Kinnick Stadium
Kinnick Stadium27 locals recommend
Photo of Coral Ridge Mall
Coral Ridge Mall34 locals recommend
Photo of Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Carver-Hawkeye Arena14 locals recommend
Photo of Walmart Supercenter
Walmart Supercenter8 locals recommend
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Texas Roadhouse4 locals recommend
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The Mill5 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Iowa City

Private room in Iowa City
Near downtown Grad-school friendly location
$31 per night
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Private room in Iowa City
Ginkgo Cottage Cozy Boho
$50 per night
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Guest suite in Iowa City
Basement Guest Suite - Kitchenette & Gym
$60 per night
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Condo in Iowa City
Luxurious Condo in Heart of Downtown Iowa City
$136 per night
Loft in Iowa City
This Must Be The Place - North Downtown Iowa City
$121 per night
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Guesthouse in Iowa City
Carriage House Guest Home, Peninsula Neighborhood
$85 per night
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Guest suite in Coralville
Donut Suite
$61 per night
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Guesthouse in Iowa City
River Street Suite
$93 per night
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Home in Iowa City
Entire lower level! Modern and renovated /King Bed
$73 per night
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Rental unit in Iowa City
Sun-filled, historic charm at Summit Suite #2
$125 per night
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Private room in Iowa City
Ideal Iowa City Private Room
$29 per night
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Townhouse in Iowa City
Spacious Condo 10 minutes to UI Hospitals/Campus
$84 per night
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Stays in Longfellow

Condo in Iowa City
Market House #201 - Luxury Condo, Northside IC
$125 per night
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Home in Iowa City
Charming Iowa City Entire House
$126 per night
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Condo in Iowa City
Market House #204 - Luxury Condo, Northside, IC
$125 per night
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Home in Iowa City
Ridgewood Cottage charming house with private yard
$119 per night
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Stays in Miller-Orchard

Rental unit in University Heights
West Iowa City Unit with easy access to I-380
$69 per night
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Rental unit in Iowa City
Newly remodeled space with free parking.
$75 per night
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Rental unit in Iowa City
Newly remodeled 3 bedroom w/ free on site parking
$80 per night
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Rental unit in Iowa City
DOWNTOWN*HOSPITAL*KINNICK STADIUM*WIFI*free park
$76 per night
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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.


When is 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.


What are the 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.

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