With a university famous for its creative writing program, Iowa City is literary tourist's dream destination. Tour guide Jennifer Brinkmeyer grew up 30 miles away, and decided to put down roots after attending the University of Iowa.
If you're on the fence about visiting, three words: lavender blackberry muffin. (You can find these at local coffee shop The Java House.) Iowa City is also home to one of the most well-known independent bookstores in the country, located in a building that housed a literary society in the 1930s where ee cummings, Langston Hughes, and Robert Frost were three of its famous patrons.