A distinctively industrialized Iowa city, Cedar Rapids continues to be a favorite of whoever happens to stumble across its path. Home to Quaker Oats, much of the town is inherently employed there. The â€œtownâ€ portion, though, remains simple and quaint. Rows of shops, bakeries, old homes and history line the streets. Pioneer-type tourist attractions also remain, drawing visitors from nearby cities.
A large portion of Grant Woods' permanent collection now resides here in Cedar Rapids, the town in which American Gothic, his American masterpiece was realized. Stop by the surprisingly thorough collection in the modern art museum.