Des Moines, the capital of Iowa and the state's most populous city, proves that this Midwestern state is so much more than corn fields. Home to countless museums and renowned cultural events, Des Moines is a delight for any visitor. In Des Moines, you can start your day by strolling through the city's many parks or shopping for fresh, local produce at the farmer's market. After dark, the city claims fantastic eateries, an impressive music scene and even Broadway shows. Check out our Des Moines hotels, which are only a stone's throw away from most of the places to be or see.
Warm temperatures during the summer months make being outside an experience in itself. Gray's Lake Park is an adult's playground, with walking trails, group fitness classes and a wide variety of recreational activities in and around the lake. History buffs can take a tour of the nearly century-old Salisbury House and Gardens. Make sure to browse their event calendar for high tea parties and music series. If you are feeling funky and cool, spend the afternoon strolling and browsing in the diverse East Village with its eclectic restaurants, boutique shopping and hip vibe.
The Des Moines Arts Center's permanent collection features artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries, and its extension, the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, serves as a gateway to downtown. Probably the most famous landmark in Des Moines is the majestic Iowa State Capitol Building, an architectural masterpiece offering panoramic city views.
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