A Junkin' Road

Itinerary | A Junkin' Vintage Road Trip | Cedar Falls & Waterloo, Iowa

A Junkin' Vintage Road Trip

Throw some junk in your trunk during a vintage road trip.

Whether you are looking for antiques, items to repurpose or that piece of something that fits your décor just right, you will find it nestled somewhere in Cedar Falls. We will show you the way.

Day 1

Start your day with some delightful pastries and coffee from the full coffee bar at Barn Happy. These delights are generous in size and made from scratch just for you. When done, browse the century old barn, remodeled as an Iowa gift shop and restaurant. And, don’t forget to visit the loft and see all of the junkin’ fun you can have with the antiques and primitives for sale.

Next, head to Cedar Falls Downtown District and check out Hatchlings & Hens and find one-of-a-kind locally-made goods, vintage finds, the perfect gift and painted furniture. Or, get creative in their make-and -take craft studio. 

It should be getting close to lunchtime and the Cedar Falls Downtown District has a great selection of locally owned restaurants

After checking into the historic, boutique-like Black Hawk Hotel, the oldest continuously-operating hotel site in Iowa, wander along Main Street until you find a place you might like to dine. Whether elegant or casual, downtown offers the dining experience you want. Relax with a drink and visit with friends or make some new ones. And don't forget a little nightlife as you wrap up your first day in Cedar Falls!

Day 2

Good morning. Tata Yaya, is the perfect spot for breakfast and right next to The Black Hawk Hotel, it offers numerous breakfast options including crepes and waffles. Or, step across the street to the Cup of Joe or a few blocks away to Cottonwood Canyon The House for coffee and pastries. 

Spend some time browsing any shops you may have missed downtown, such as Main Street Exchange, Vintage Iron and World's Window.  Or head out to thrift a bit on University Avenue at Trinkets & Togs.

On your way home, stop by Union Station (3605 N. Union Rd). Their shop has shelf after shelf of antiques and vintage items. They have no online listing, but they are open most days, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The owner also suggested you call ahead at 319-266-3315.


Visit our Trip Planner and learn to create an itinerary of your own using the Travel Pack. Have questions or need assistance? Just Contact Us at 319-268-4266. We'd be happy to help!

As always, things change. Be sure to check with all attractions and stores to be sure they're open on the days you'd like to visit.