Recognized as a cultural hub, Cedar Rapids is where visitors go to enjoy the arts and the scenery in eastern Iowa. A ride through Cedar Rapids will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated, from live music to museums, hiking trails, and picturesque views. Perfect for families, art enthusiasts, and adventurers alike, this town appeals to all walks of life. If you want to enjoy an abundance of sights and things to do, this ride is a must. As you open up your Thirsty Biker app, be prepared to be impressed at just how much you can pack into a day here in the second-largest city in Iowa. In episode 29 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re coasting through Cedar Rapids, Iowa, filling up on good food, refreshing drinks, and some of the best sights in the area.

Must-See Stops

Hazzard Count American Saloon

We start our journey off at The Shack Tavern, known for its delicious food, cold drinks, and abundance of outdoor seating, perfect for taking in the views of the river. Known to have a bit of an eclectic vibe, The Shack Tavern is laid back and perfect for locals and visitors to sit back and enjoy the scenery. From here, we venture to Shuey’s Restaurant & Lounge, also known as the “Cheers” of Shueyville. From homestyle meals, like Country Fried Chicken and wings, to live music and tons of events, there’s always something going on here. Have your fill of mouthwatering food and rest up for the next part of your ride, which takes us to Rock Bar American Grill. You’re bound to find something to munch on here, especially some classic dishes like fried pickles, chicken tenders, and burgers. If you’ve already had your fill elsewhere, take in the atmosphere with nine 60″ TVs and a mechanical bull for those ready to get a little rowdy.

Looking to experience the area’s top destination? You’ll want to head to Hazzard County American Saloon for a good time. This 10,000 sq. ft. facility has room for anything you want to get into during your stay here, from live music to pool and darts. Drink specials and events make it easy to see why everyone takes a trip to the Saloon. Finally, when you want to enjoy an exciting atmosphere with loads of things to do, ride over to Rumors Bar & Grill for karaoke, local bands, and a full menu with ice-cold drinks.

The Ride

map of the Cedar Rapids ride

The ride through Cedar Rapids is easy, with plenty of straightaways and gentle curves to make things interesting. As summer approaches, this is the perfect time to enjoy the scenery, especially if you make your way through Williamsburg first, as you’ll get to take in true Iowa farm country. With plenty of sights and places to stop, this ride is highly recommended for veteran and novice riders alike. The terrain isn’t as unnerving as many other area rides. You’ll get to take in the idyllic country setting as an added bonus. So, Thirsty Bikers, if you’re ready for an adventure through Cedar Rapids, open up those apps, and let’s ride.

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