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Elevated Views


How about experiencing the Iowa City community from a new perspective? Here are a few local spots that provide an above ground view.

30hop offers a rooftop patio with bar and drink service overlooking the Iowa River Landing. The string lighting provides a warm setting for sunset, especially when local bands play during the Rhythm & Brews series.

FilmScene hosts film screenings on its rooftop in the warmer months, providing a unique and memorable experience to movie lovers.

Vue Rooftop offers arguably the best view of downtown Iowa City (pictured at right). Situated on top floor of the Hilton Garden Inn, it is a spacious bar and restaurant with an inviting outdoor lounge area, complete with a fire pit. Don’t miss music by dueling pianos on the first Friday of the month.

The Vista Room on the top floor of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital offers incredible view of campus, along with the south part of Iowa City. Take Public Elevators 1 and 2 to Level 12 and look for the purple hot air balloon icon. There is also a terrace outside of the Rooftop Café in the Main Hospital (Elevator F, Level 8) open for visitors.

The University of Iowa campus boasts an observatory on the roof of Van Allen Hall and is open to the public two evenings each month, weather permitting. Roof Access is a stairway adjacent to the 7th Floor East Elevator Door. Celestial views, anyone?

Ryerson’s Woods, a park just south of the Johnson County Fairgrounds, offers a scenic overlook accessible by a hiking trail, just under a mile in length. Its location allows for a view that includes most of Iowa City looking to the east.

This collection of communities encourages exploration – in all kinds of spaces, high and low.



Delectable Eats

With options ranging from comfort food and traditional staples to unexpected combinations coupled with the freshness of local ingredients, your taste buds are sure to be quite pleased.



If you haven’t been here lately, you’ll want to experience the eclectic, collegiate spirit of Iowa City and the University of Iowa combined with the shopping and recreational attractions there is adventure around every corner.



Shopping in Iowa City’s curious communities includes options from local sellers as well as large retailers. Find the perfect gift for someone special or a unique piece for your collection!



Iowa City and its curious communities are full of events year-round. You’ll find events ranging from author readings and workshops to musical performances and athletic competitions.

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900 1st Ave. Hayden Fry Way Coralville, IA 52241