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Posted May 3, 2012
Be A Tourist In Your Town during National Tourism Week May 5 to 13

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CRACVB) is asking area residents to Be A Tourist In Your Town during National Tourism Week, May 5 to 13, 2012.

To encourage residents to get out and explore the area’s amenities, the CRACVB has compiled a list of discounts to attractions, hotels, and shops which ranges from $5 off tickets to Orchestra Iowa’s “A Slavic Celebration” concert on May 12, to free admission to Brucemore on May 5 and 6. The complete list is available at www.Cedar-Rapids.com

“We invite residents to rediscover the wonderful amenities we have in Cedar Rapids and we know once they do they will likely invite their family and friends from outside the area to visit,” said Marilee Fowler, CRACVB president and CEO.

Free Downtown Walking Tours and Open House Tuesday, May 8

Residents are invited to take a break from the daily grind and spend an evening with their family or a friend while experiencing downtown Cedar Rapids from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening begins at the CRACVB Office located at 119 First Ave. SE, where information and displays about local events and attractions will be highlighted. Everyone will be welcomed like a tourist and can take pictures with the American Gothic statues.

Free historical walking tours with Cedar Rapids historian Mark Hunter will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. Space will be limited so please arrive early to secure your spot. Hunter will point out the treasures of downtown Cedar Rapids that are often overlooked. Participants can also enter to win free tickets and prizes from area attractions and are encouraged to end their night by enjoying a meal at a downtown restaurant.

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