The Cedar Rapids Area
Originally named Columbus by William Stone in 1838, the town was renamed Cedar Rapids in 1841 by N.B. Brown and his associates, after the site’s rapids in the Cedar River, itself named after the red cedars growing along its banks. As a location for meatpacking and agricultural processing, especially corn, Cedar Rapids has grown into the second largest city in Iowa.
Indeed, grain processing remains Cedar Rapids’ most important economic sector. It is also home to Rockwell Collins and Aegon’s U.S. headquarters. Quaker Oats, Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and General Mills all have facilities in Cedar Rapids. The largest newpaper archive in the U.S., Newspaperarchive, is also located in Cedar Rapids. It has a repository of more than 150 million pages of newspaper. And it is the second largest producer of wind energy in the U.S.
Hotel Services & Amenities
You will welcome our comfortable pillow-top beds when you stay with us at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids. While you’re relaxing in our spacious rooms, you will be able to enjoy premium cable channels on our flat screen TVs. And each room has a hair dryer, a coffee maker, free local calls, free Wi-Fi, and an iron and ironing board.
The business traveler will find our business center convenient for their needs. If you like to exercise, we have a well-equipped fitness center; if you forgot something at home or need a snack, we have a Sundry Shop full of goodies. Enjoy our pool, and be sure to get your free Bright Side Breakfast™ first thing in the morning!
Cedar Rapids Area Attractions
The Cedar Rapid Museum of Art is home to the largest collection of Grant Wood paintings in the world. Grant Wood, famous for his painting American Gothic, was a resident of Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids is also home to the 1920s Paramount Theatre, itself home to the Orchestra Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Area Theatre Organ Society. You will also enjoy the Cedar Rapids Ceramics Center, Legion Art’s CSPS Hall, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, the and Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance.
Cedar Rapids also has a rich cultural heritage. Check out the Czech Village and New Bohemia historic districts, home of our large Czech and Slovak population, officially recognized as Arts and Cultural Areas, and home to the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. We are also home to the oldest mosque in North America. And be sure to visit Usher’s Ferry, a restored Pioneer town of 1905 manned by volunteers in period costume.