I spent most of this summer in Iowa City with my family. After the hectic medical school pace of life, it was so nice to kick back and relax in this little town. Walks along the river, evening tennis matches, eating way too much ice cream... I'm definitely a little sad that this summer's ending.
Unless you live nearby or happen to attend/visit the university, most people don't usually find themselves in Iowa City, but if you do, here are some of my favorite things to do:

  • Downtown, with the gold-topped Old Capitol building and Prairie Lights Bookstore
  • The outdoor Ped Mall for shopping (check out Revival for awesome vintage clothes), people-watching, and reading (the public library is there and is amazing!)
  • The river walk and make a loop using the pedestrian bridges

  • Hamburg Inn, for sweet potato pancakes, Zadar Cow from Hell paraphernalia, and signed photographs of presidents
  • Oasis Falafel, for ridiculously good and cheap Middle Eastern food
  • Crepes de Luxe, for truly artful sweet and savory crepes
  • Molly's Cupcakes, for chairs shaped as swings and cupcakes filled with amazingness (you will not regret it if you get a Boston Cream Pie cupcake)

Check out leafy Lake McBride, beautiful Amish crafts in Kalona, or the bizarre and fascinating Devonian Fossil Gorge

xo Diana
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