Originally a fort on the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers, Iowa’s state capital is now a metropolitan and commerce hub; Des Moines hotel guests can immerse themselves in the hip downtown, or explore the city’s history.
At the Des Moines Art Center, visitors staying at our Des Moines accommodations can view contemporary works by O’Keeffe, Matisse, and Monet––not to mention an outdoor sculpture park. Other offerings include a ballet, symphony, and venues offering everything from live music to cabaret. Travelers can also amble under the Iowa State Capitol’s famous gilded dome.
Sports enthusiasts will find year-round action, including baseball, basketball, hockey, and even an annual mini-golf tournament on the 3.2-mile skywalk. Des Moines also offers diverse shopping, from toys and antiques to vintage clothing and upscale décor. And the dining options rival the boutiques, with pub food and fusion offerings alongside vegetarian and gourmet fare.
Though there is plenty of strolling space at the Des Moines Botanical Center and Blank Park Zoo, guests can also head to nearby Elk Rock State Park for hiking, fishing, and cross-country skiing.
Whether hotel guests in Des Moines want to browse the farmer’s market, or join thrill-seekers at the Iowa State Fair, the city offers unforgettable experiences.