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Straddling the V-shaped confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers, Iowa's politcal, governmental and economic capital city punctuates the surrounding farmlands. The city is one of the leading centers of the insurance industry, and its downtown Farmers Market (Saturday mornings from May to October) ranks among the best in the country. There's also an excellent fine art museum and several noteworthy historical homes. The Iowa State Fair, held here every year in August, epitomizes the rural Midwest: massive, friendly, wholesome, fattening and fun.

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Tourist attractions Des Moines : Things to see and do

  • State Capitol Building Recommended Recommended

    1007 E Grand Avenue

    Completed in 1886-the second capitol on this site-the Beaux-Arts Iowa State Capitol sparkles on its perch overlooking downtown. While its most recognizable feature is its glittering, 23-carat-gold-covered dome (modeled after Les Invalides in Paris), ..

  • Des Moines Art Center Recommended Recommended

    4700 Grand Ave.

    The Des Moines Art Center combines galleries by three great 20C architects. Eliel Saarinen's original museum building (1949) hugs a hilltop perch and encircles a reflecting pool. Its galleries house the center's collection of late-19C and early-20C a..

  • One block away from the State Capitol, the red granite and glass ziggurat contains eye-catching exhibits about various periods of Iowa history. On the west side of the building, three levels of exhibits—which don't shy away from thorny topics such as..

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  • Residence Inn by Marriott Des Moines Downtown

    100 Southwest Water Street USA - Des Moines IA 50309

    Featuring a full kitchen in every suite, this Iowa hotel is located along the Des Moines River in the heart of the city. Free Wi-Fi access is available, and a hot breakfast is served daily. A 32-inch flat-screen cable TV is included in every suite a..

  • Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown Three stars Three stars Three stars

    101 East Locust Street USA - Des Moines IA 50309

    Prix Prices from : 145 $

    Overlooking the Des Moines River and situated in the heart of the city centre, this all-suite hotel is moments from attractions and features spacious accommodations and a free nightly reception. Popular points of interest, including the Iowa State C..

  • Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel

    401 Locust Street USA - Des Moines IA 50309

    Set in a historic building, the Renaissance Savery combines a historical location with contemporary accommodation. It features a free airport shuttle and a well-equipped gym. The spacious rooms at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel are fitted w..

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