Eastern Iowa is a great place to live, work and play. Whether you’re applying for your first job, or building your career, check out why eastern Iowa may be the place for you! The main KWWL newsroom is based in Waterloo, with three bureau newsrooms in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Dubuque.
After a nearly $10 million dollar renovation, the KWWL building has a new state-of-the-art studio and newsroom. The project began with the end in mind that the building would reflect it’s original 1912 design. The fresh look enables our reporters, anchors and meteorologists to showcase stories uniquely, and gives our viewers a better understanding of what’s going on in the world.
Waterloo (and it’s neighbor Cedar Falls) are great places to live and work, with a variety of interests and entertainment for everyone. Sports fans crowd the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center on weekends, dressed in purple and gold for University of Northern Iowa Panther games, while others cheer on the Waterloo Black Hawks with cowbells at the Young Arena.
If you’re up for eating out, Waterloo/Cedar Falls offers a handful of Midwest wonders you should try at least once, including places like Galleria De Paco’s, Bryon’s on 4th and Montage to name a few.
Cedar Falls Main Street is a lively mix of boutiques, bakeries and breweries, which make for a perfect Friday night on the town or a stroll on a Sunday afternoon.
It you’re an outdoors person, you can enjoy hundreds of scenic bike trails, hiking trails, and parks around the area. The Isle Casino Hotel and Lost Island Water Park are also popular attractions and perfect for a tropical (close to home) weekend getaway.
Cedar Rapids, City of Five Seasons, offers a vibrant mix of entertainment, art, culture and historic exhibits. In 2008, parts of the city were washed out by floods, devastating the community and ruining most (if not all) the businesses and homes along the banks of the Cedar River and downtown Cedar Rapids. The city is now making a huge come back by bringing in trendy businesses and developing new neighborhoods.
You can find the KWWL bureau office in the downtown district, surrounded by city life and an assortment of culture. Some of the bigger landmarks include: The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and it’s neighbor, the Czech village and New Bohemia District, the African American Museum, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, which includes the Grant Wood Studio – an artist who lived in Cedar Rapids for a period of his life.
The city is large enough for there to always be something new to do and new to see. It’s full of shows, shops, and delicious hole-in-the wall restaurants. If you’re interested in theater and music, the Paramount Theater, which imitates a 1920’s burlesque/movie palace, will give you the satisfaction you’re looking for.
In the summer, the Cedar Rapids Kernels (the minor league baseball team affiliated with the Minnesota twins) hosts family-filled events during the games at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Another local team to cheer on are the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.
For more outdoorsy adventures, the Indian Creek Nature Center hosts fun nature-filled events such as the annual Maple Syrup Festival. Other outdoor areas include Prairie Park Fishery, and the McGrath Amphitheater, where most outdoor concerts are held.
When you need some down time, Cedar Rapids has plenty of rural back roads and parks, which are great places to sit and watch the sunset, go on a walk/run, and take time to relax and unwind.
Iowa City is home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes! In other words, Iowa City sports fans bleed black and gold.
The University of Iowa (integrated with downtown Iowa City) is a colorful, captivating campus to walk through – especially in the fall.
Fresh, trendy shops and restaurants outline the campus and downtown area.
For a breath of fresh air, explore the Pedestrian Mall, which is full of unique places to the city, including the Englert Theater and Prairie Lights Books & Cafe. The Old Capitol Museum (also a fun way to pass the time) is a short and sweet tour of Iowa’s history. The Museum of Natural History is another walk-through museum, and located in one of the school’s lecture halls.
Tasty restaurants are lined up left to right – assuring you’ll never go hungry, but not promising an easy solution when picking a place to eat! To fill-up before a football game, stop at Stella on Melrose right next to Kinnick Stadium. For a great view of campus, The Airliner on Main Street is located in the heart of the city, and known for it’s delicious pizza.The Blue Bird Diner is more of a family-friendly place for morning brunch or a quick lunch.
Coralville, Iowa City’s neighbor, is also a fun area to check out and is vastly growing! The Coral Ridge Mall not only has shops and restaurants, but an ice rink and movie theater. Other popular attractions include the Iowa River Landing, 30hop Rooftop, and the Clear Creek Trails.
Additionally, if you are more of an outdoors person, the Iowa City/Coralville area has plenty of hangouts to escape the city, such as Lake Macbride State Park and McBride Nature Recreation Area, the Devonian Fossil Gorge, and Wilson’s Orchard.
For breathtaking bluffs, boat tours, and beautiful attractions, head to Dubuque!
Start your morning watching the sun rise while walking the Mississippi River Walk, and enjoy the “Art on the River” exhibition where you can read-up on the Mississippi River’s history. Just down the road you can find original restaurants to Dubuque to stop by for lunch and/or dinner, and then check out the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark.
With plenty of sight-seeing options such as Eagle Point Park, Mines of Spain, and the Crystal Lake Cave, you’ll always have plans to fill your weekend. Dubuque is full of interesting historical locations and museums. Located on banks of the Mississippi River, you can tour the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. You can also take a ride on the town’s Fenelon Place Elevator (4th Street Elevator) to see why it’s been called the steepest and shortest scenic railway in the world.
Dubuque’s Main Street is dedicated to the development and ongoing support of downtown Dubuque as the place to work, live and play. This district is a mix of retail, entertainment, local bars, restaurants, boutiques, and live music venues.
To escape the city, venture over to Dubuque’s neighbor, Galena – a small town known for it’s well-preserved buildings and home of President Ulysses S. Grant. As the Visit Galena website says, it’s ‘A place you’ll always want to return to and you’ll never want to leave.”