DescriptionHome to the University of Iowa and its highly respected teaching hospital, Iowa City booms for its educational, health-care and biomedical research facilities. The university also merits credit for its contributions in space physics; its faculty members have built instruments for many space exploration missions.
Iowa City also is a creative hub—home to the university’s world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which counts John Irving, Flannery O’Connor and more than a dozen Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni. The Iowa Avenue Literary Walk pays homage to some of these talents in a series of bronze relief panels featuring the authors’ words. Visitors can research history and genealogy at the State Historical Society Research Center, 402 Iowa Ave., Thurs.-Sat. 9-4:30; phone (319) 335-3916.
A farmers market takes place across from city hall, 410 E. Washington St., each Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 and Saturday mornings from 7:30 to noon, May-Oct.; additional vendors line E. Washington St. on Saturdays. There are stalls of fresh produce as well as homemade products, and free entertainment includes vocal and instrumental performances June through October.
Attraction PlaceHoldersPlum Grove Historic Site