Iowa City is an artistic and creative hotspot in the state of Iowa. Consistently named one of the best places to live in America, our community is also frequently cited as a great place to visit ("Coolest Towns in America #4, Expedia).
With our eyes set on becoming the greatest small city for the arts, Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature, devoted to curiosity and wonder in daily life and annual celebration.
Downtown Iowa City is the intersection of this vibrant community, where the University of Iowa campus and an independent retail and dining district connect. Bronze plaques commemorate our literary history, and alleyway murals invite the curious to wander from coffee shops to galleries to arts organizations. Refocus Film Festival is woven into this fabric — once you park your car for your first film, you won't need it again until the closing credits.