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Discover Iowa City


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.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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