Downtown Iowa City is the main commercial and businesses area of Iowa City, Iowa, bounded roughly by Church Street in the south, Market Street in the north, the Iowa River to the west, and Johnson Street to the east. Iowa City is a lively college town due to the presence of the University of Iowa in its northwestern corner, making the downtown a fun place to explore with lots of restaurants, bars, and businesses catering to college students.
Iowa City experiences the typical weather of the American Midwest, except its location in the northern part of the country makes its summers milder and its winters a little colder. The temperatures average lows in the high teens in the winter time and in the summers, the highs usually only go up to the mid-80s. If you decide to walk your dog on one of the colder days of the year, make sure you take the proper precautions to keep warm.
The terrain in Downtown Iowa City is mostly flat with a few small hills and inclines scattered throughout the city. It is the only place in the area that has a distinctly urban and artificial landscape with tall buildings and wide streets everywhere. Businesses and local attractions line all of the streets but it still doesn’t feel like a bustling metropolis.
The foot and street traffic will be heavy here at almost any time of day and during rush hour they will intensify. It is the central hub of the city, meaning there is constant activity going on and often a large number of cars out on the roads. If you and your dog don’t mind crowds, it can still make for a great place to walk, but if you want something quieter, it would be better to walk in some of the residential sections of town.
There are a few parks and greenways within the boundaries of Downtown Iowa City and a lot of options to explore just outside of its boundaries. In the northeastern corner of the neighborhood, you will find Hubbard Park which is a large park that overlooks the capitol building of the city on the east and the Iowa River on the west. It has lots of open green space that is often used for informal athletic games or group gatherings, but it makes for a great place to walk a dog as well.
In the eastern part of downtown, you will find College Green Park which is a 2.4-acre area that has a playground, plenty of open green space, a gazebo, a picnic shelter, and basketball courts. There are also many other great walking options in the neighborhood to be found nearby, so you'll never feel short on options in this area.