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Discover Iowa City, IA

The historic and vibrant city of Iowa City is situated close to Cedar Rapids and Davenport and to the east of Des Moines. Iowa City was established in the 1830s and was the capital of Iowa at the time. This was due to a promise by the governor to move the capital city to a more central part of the state.

Iowa City is in the east-central region of Iowa and also straddles the Iowa River, giving visitors easy access to surrounding natural sights and big cities. Many buildings in the town, including the Old Capitol Building, are nationally recognized landmarks and add to the beauty of the place, making a visit with an RV rental in Iowa City unique and full of charm.

The Great Outdoors

When you book an RV in Iowa City, you won't be short of new places to discover. One of the best areas to visit is Coralville Lake. Intended to help stop flooding in Iowa City, Coralville Lake is also the ideal place to go if you enjoy water sports. Visitors are welcome to fish, with a purpose-built fishing pier jutting out into the lake; there are also ramps to launch boats and other activities including swimming. The lake is also perfect for fossil hunters as lots of fossilized coral was found in the nearby Devonian Gorge when the water receded, making this the ideal place to take kids with a passion for dinosaurs.

Another excellent place to visit when you rent an RV in Iowa City is the nearby Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. This park is located on the western shore of Coralville Lake and is well-known for its diverse natural habitats, which include hardwood forests, prairies, and desert, along with others. There's also plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy, including birdwatching, hunting, and fishing. The varied landscape and wildlife make hiking here truly special, and it's well worth a visit if you're in the region.

If you don't want to stray far when you rent a motorhome in Iowa City, you might consider a trip to the nearby Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. This park can be found just south of the city covering over 50 acres of land, complete with a lake. Popular for recreation activities, the park includes paved trails, picnic spots, and the opportunity for fishing. Kayak and canoe rentals can be found in the area if you're looking to explore the lake, and there are even unique seasonal activities such as ice skating.

RV Parks

Thanks to the size of the city, there are quite a few camping options when you book a travel trailer rental in Iowa City. One of the closest spots is Coralville Lake - COE/ Tailwater West. There a few small campgrounds scattered around Coralville Lake, and this one includes 20 paved sites. Some of these campsites include full hookups, and others support electric-only hookups, with 30 and 50 amp service. Showers and restrooms can be found on site, and the proximity of Coralville Lake means you'll never be short on activities.

If you'd rather stay at a larger RV park with the Iowa City camper rental, then consider a stay at Amana RV Park and Event Center. This park contains nearly 450 grass and gravel sites that come with full hookups and max amp electrical service. There's plenty of space at this campground with room for big rigs and slide-out campers. Amenities are fully covered here, and you'll also be close to the historic Amana Colonies Village, meaning you won't be short of activities.

Exploring the City

Iowa City is a fairly major city in the local vicinity, meaning you won't have to go far to get everything you need when you stay here. This city is known for being great for businesses, so you should find a wide range of shops and restaurants within the city. Iowa City also has an intriguing history, and visitors are welcome to learn about this at the Old Capitol Building. Now a museum, this beautiful white colonial statehouse is full of incredible rooms filled with lavish architectural flair, including chandeliers and spiral staircases. The museum holds exhibitions too, including local artists, and is supported by the University of Iowa, meaning there is an emphasis on teaching others about the city's history.

The University of Iowa helps support many of the museums and institutions found around the city, and another intriguing museum to visit when you rent an RV in Iowa City is the Museum of Natural History. Claiming to be one of the oldest museums to the west of Mississippi River, this museum focuses on teaching people of all ages about the world in which we live. The displays at this museum are very impressive, including reconstructions of many natural habitats from thousands of years ago, with a display of almost every bird to have lived in the region, tallying over 1,000 specimens.

If you want to get out of Iowa City, then consider planning a trip to the Amana Colonies Village near Middle Amana. This historic site and museum are perfect if you're looking to experience the past, as this village tries to preserve its German colonial heritage through crafts, art, and various food and drink to make visitors feel like they're back in the early 1900s. Employees dress in period clothing, and you can tour the village, with its turn-of-the-century shops and architecture.

RV Rentals in Iowa City, IA

Iowa City, IA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Iowa City. Outdoorsy's Iowa City RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Iowa City are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Starved Rock State Park, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Devil's Lake State Park, Matthiessen State Park, and Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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Local Hiking Trails

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Wildcat Den Trail Muscatine Iowa
Coralville Reservoir - Woodpecker Trail - Linder & Squire Points Iowa City Iowa
West Lake and East Lake Trail Loop Dundee Iowa
Lake Macbride Nature Recreation Area Solon Iowa
Maquoketa Caves State Park Maquoketa Iowa
Cedar Cliff Trail Mt Vernon Iowa

Nearby Campgrounds

West Lake Park

campground Davenport, IA
This 620 acre park located just to the West of Davenport, Iowa, has land and water activities as well as a nice quiet campground. The gravel sites are level, and facilities are clean. Enjoy fishing, swimming, and hiking, or just breathe deeply in the fresh air. The hiking trails here are short but pleasant; perfect for a family hike with the kids! The park is pet friendly, and the stocked lake is a favorite. Stay for a while, or just bring a picnic lunch and take in the scenery. Rent a kayak for a trip out on the water, or just bury your toes in the sand. No matter what you decide to do, West Lake Park will leave you feeling relaxed.

Sleepy Hollow RV Park and Campground

campground Oxford, IA
Sleepy Hollow RV Park and Campground is conveniently set near Interstate 80 close to the quiet town of Oxford, Iowa, about fifteen miles from Iowa City. They are near popular day-trip destinations like the fishing and boating hotspot of Lake MacBride and the Amana Colonies with their hand-made crafts, goodies, and artwork. And for terrific shopping, just head ten miles to the outstanding Tanger Outlet Mall or the Coral Ridge Mall. They have excellent facilities at Sleepy Hollow RV Park and Campground with free wi-fi wireless internet access, full hook-ups for RVs, camp store, and dog-walking area. They even offer a special 10% discount for Good Sam Club members. For the kids, Sleepy Hollow has a playground, swimming pool, and plenty of planned kids' activities and crafts. You can take the whole gang to the fishing pond or take part in a hayride or horseshoe tournament. Sleepy Hollow is a smart choice and you will not be disappointed.

Morgan Creek Park

campground Palo, IA
The Midwest is home to some of the most beautiful rolling plains and natural landscapes around and you will be in for a relaxing retreat when you book and RV lot at Morgan Creek Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Whether you are in town visiting family or just want to explore this amazing city, you will get to unwind and enjoy a stress free camping trip. The park offers full service RV hookups and plenty of great scenery. Morgan Creek Park offers over 300 acres of nature land to be explored. You can play and swim down at the creek or catch some local fish. The park offers fitness and adventure trails for those who want to explore the wilderness. You will get to check out the local plants and trees, do some bird watching, and even look for wildlife grazing in the fields. This RV park is located near the city so you can visit the attractions while you are there.

Coralville Dam Complex Campgrounds

campground Iowa City, IA
The Coralville Dam Complex Campgrounds has large shaded campsites just outside of Iowa City, Iowa. The West Overlook campground has excellent access to the beach and reservoir, where the water is clear. The woodsy park is clean and the grounds are well taken care of. There are few different campgrounds included in this park, and Tailwater West is the only one with full hookups. Some sites are pull-throughs while others a back-in only. There are plenty of paths to walk on. Be sure to visit the miles of nature walks off Linder Point. This vibrant recreational area offers boating, swimming and fishing, and is popular with the locals. There is a marina offering boat rentals and several boat ramps to put your own in. Close to Iowa City, you are never far from all amenities in the Coralville Dam Complex COE Campgrounds. The complex includes washrooms and showers. There is a playground, and the park is pet-friendly.

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