CLAIM: One of the Best ‘Staycations’ in the US is in Iowa City
If you get some time off of work, but don't have the ability and/or the desire to travel a long distance, it's good to know that one of the best 'staycations' in America is right here in our part of Iowa.
A staycation (a portmanteau of "stay" and "vacation"), or holistay (a portmanteau of "holiday" and "stay"), is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within day trip distance of their home and does not require overnight accommodation.
With that out of the way, Tripsavvy recently ranked all of the places in America where you can get away from it all without really traveling a great distance. Perched near the top at #15 in the US is none other than good ole Iowa City.
What's so grand about Iowa City which the article refers to as "Athens of the Midwest"? It's near both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids they note and is "buzzing with its own distinctive brand of intellectual energy". I've never buzzed with intellectual energy which is why I probably don't understand. They're saying that Iowa is great for bookworms and literary people I suppose.
Tripsavvy is also a big fan of the many biking trails and fossils. Maybe this is why.
Or, maybe not.
Congrats Iowa City. You've made the list that includes such vacation/staycation heavyweights like Boulder, Colorado, etc. Perhaps I've just taken the city for granted since it's right here in our own backyard more or less.