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Waterloo is your classic American town, with a friendly population welcoming you to its shopping malls, ice hockey arenas, and community events. The University of Northern Iowa sits on the outskirts of town, offering theaters and art galleries, while the downtown region offers science and history museums, as well as an exhibit dedicated to the history of tractors. To get around Waterloo you need a rental car for ease of travel, particularly if you’re heading out to the university campus. This also allows you travel further afield in the Hawkeye State, or to cross the border into nearby Minnesota or Wisconsin. Orbitz can help you find the ideal rental car for your trip.

Waterloo and beyond: Iowa’s highlights by car

Waterloo places you within a short drive of several cities and interesting Iowan destinations. We’ve picked three of the nearby highlights.

Cedar Rapids

Modern, magnetic Cedar Rapids has everything you could want from a 21st-century city: a booming food and drink scene, historical attractions such as the Brucemore Estate, and a diverse population, including one of the largest Czech communities in the world. While you’re here, don’t miss the African-American Museum of Iowa, which follows the story of African Americans in the state, from slavery through the civil rights movement to the modern day.

Journey time: Around 50 minutes

Distance: Approximately 55 miles

Amana Colonies

Sample a taste of German life in the Amana Colonies, a series of villages created by German settlers. European culture still reigns here, with schnitzel on the menus, and beer celebrated every October. It’s a great destination for shopping, with independent stores selling hand-crafted gifts and home goods. The colonies even have their own brewery.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 70 miles

Des Moines

Iowa’s unassuming capital doesn’t drag in the tourists like other major cities in the Midwest, but that just makes it a quieter delight. Discover the artworks of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, or a range of restaurants with a farm-to-fork ethic across this friendly destination. There are also outdoor social history museums, a zoo, and botanical gardens to keep visitors constantly entertained.

Journey time: Around two hours

Distance: Approximately 130 miles