We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Iowa Avenue from Clinton Street to Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 17 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 6
  • 5
    Very good
  • 5
  • 1
  • 0
Creatively Produced Quotes on the Iowa Campus

We spent about an hour walking up and down both sides of Iowa Street looking at the various literary quotes set in brass and imbedded in the sidewalk. Much more creative then I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Robert C
Redlands, California
Add Photo Write a Review

17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 17: English reviews
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kind of like the Hollywood Stars Walk of Fame only these are quotes of famous authors who once participated in the highly respected Iowa Writer's Workshop. Very interesting.

Thank Salome33
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
115 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Iowa City calls itself the City of Literature. IThe famous Iowa Writers Wokshop is here, as is the Summer Writing Festival, which i attended. There are beautiful markers on the sidewalks with quotes from famous writers who had some connection with the UI, either as student or faculty.

Thank John W
Raleigh, NC
Level Contributor
240 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This is a neat idea but the quotes were difficult to read, especially those in the concrete. Slowly walking the blocks and reading the quotes is a fun thing to do, especially in good weather.

Thank RaleighNCtravel
Mansfield, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
152 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

I almost ran into a few people because I was walking with my head down almost the whole time. Every couple of feet there is another plaque in the ground. The walk spans a couple blocks and is on both sides of the street.

Thank Jasmine G
New York
Level Contributor
56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

Unbelievable lit nerd country. Inhale and take it all in.love the books, the town, the people. Iowa is amazing.

Thank missbuilding
Iowa City, IA
Level Contributor
377 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

Stroll around downtown to see writing from the many folks who have written their famous works while in Iowa City...or maybe were inspired by others who walked before them.

Thank GailCheryl
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is cool to see but not really a destination in itself. I took a friend who was visiting from out of town and this was one of the things we saw the day we spent in Iowa City. If you're going to be on the Ped Mall anyway and are interested in this sort of thing grab a guide... More 

Thank Jen B
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
71 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

As you walk down Iowa Avenue, you can look at the plaques on the sidewalk and learn about the literary history of the area.

Thank Darrell92104
Redlands, California
Level Contributor
519 reviews
247 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 325 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We spent about an hour walking up and down both sides of Iowa Street looking at the various literary quotes set in brass and imbedded in the sidewalk. Much more creative then I imagined, with visual themes in the brass embodying the quote. There were also quotes set in the cement which in many cases are now starting to deteriorate... More 

1 Thank Robert C
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
110 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

While walking along Iowa Avenue take time to look down. There are quotes from many authors carved into the pavement. While some of them are getting worn down, many can be clearly seen. Also stop at the large books and take a glance inside the pages shown.

Thank Kaylaswanderlust7

Travelers who viewed Iowa Avenue Literary Walk also viewed


Been to Iowa Avenue Literary Walk? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Iowa Avenue Literary Walk staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?