Cedar Rapids is a great place to live. It has bike trails throughout the city, hiking, water recreation at the Coralville Dam and plenty of parks. The restaurant scene has been expanding in the downtown and Newbo area. There are two private colleges, Coe College and Mount Mercy and also Kirkwood Community College. We have a thriving community theater as well as the historic Paramount theater. Iowa City is a short 23 mile commute where the University of Iowa is located and all it's cultural offerings and sports venues. Cedar Rapids is centrally located between 4 major metropolitan area, Chicago, Saint Louis, Minneapolis and Kansas City which can all be reached by interstate or short flights.