Wandering Grant Wood Country

  • Start: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • End: West Branch, Iowa
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:34
  • Total Mileage: 66 Miles
  • Number of stops: 11


Folk artist Grant Wood captured the essence of rural American in his famous painting American Gothic. It's easy to see his inspiration while meandering Iowa's rolling Wapsipinicon River Valley. Make Cedar Rapids, Iowa, your base, as did Grant Wood. Housed in a 19th-century carriage house, the Grant Wood Studio hosts tours. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art displays the world's largest Wood collection. Visitors feel like part of Woods' paintings at Usher's Ferry Historic Iowa Village, a quintessential farm town time has forgotten. The Czech Village celebrates Cedar Rapids' rich Czech cultural heritage. Visit the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and Zindricks Czech Restaurant. Take a day trip from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the Grant Wood Art Gallery in Anamosa, Iowa, also home of the National Motorcycle Museum. Be sure to drive 19 miles southwest to Amana Colonies, a large, German rural living history center in Amana, Iowa. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is worth a stop in West Branch, Iowa.

Stop #1:

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids, IA

Stop #2:

Grant Wood Studio
Cedar Rapids, IA

Stop #3:

Czech Village
Cedar Rapids, IA

Stop #4:

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Cedar Rapids, IA

Stop #5:

Zindrick Czech Restaurant
Cedar Rapids, IA

Stop #6:

Ushers Ferry Historic Village
Cedar Rapids, IA

Stop #7:

Cedar Rapids Marriott
Cedar Rapids, IA

Stop #8:

Grant Wood Art Gallery
Anamosa, IA

Stop #9:

National Motorycle Museum
Anamosa, IA

Stop #10:

Amana Colonies
Amana, IA

Stop #11:

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum
West Branch, Iowa

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