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Capitol Building

East 9th & Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #1 of 42 attractions in Des Moines
Type: Government Buildings
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Trondheim, Norway
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178 reviews 178 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

I've visited quite a few capitols but this one is definitely one of my favorites. It was wonderful to walk around inside this historic building.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Iowa State Capital is a terrific stop if you're in Des Moines. We have now been to 39 of our Nation's state capitals, and this one was among the best. Interesting architecture and many displays inside (large model of the USS Iowa) and memorial sites outside all around the state house. Recommend highly!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The capitol building is simply stunning. I've had a number of international guests and they were very impressed by the architecture and beauty of the decorative painting, sculpture, and mosaics. I recommend that you take the time to take an actual tour, which will include such gems as the old supreme court chambers with carved bench, the governor's office, both... More

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327 reviews 327 reviews
184 attraction reviews
342 helpful votes 342 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stopped at the capitol building one morning during a recent trip to Des Moines. We arrived on a Saturday, shortly after the building opened for the day for visitors. The parking lots were almost empty, so parking was no problem. We entered at the basement level; however I stupidly didn't realize that it was the basement: I thought it... More

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Volcano, California
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27 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is the 7th state capitol we've seen, and by far the most magnificent. Five domes, one covered with gold foil, and massive columns highlight the outside. Inside is all marble and mosaics and paintings and fine paneling, all in massive sizes. Make sure to take the guided tour so you can see all of the otherwise locked rooms.

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Denver, Colorado
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a GORGEOUS building and I highly recommend taking the free, and short, tour! I was shocked at the artistic details in this magnificent building.

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159 reviews 159 reviews
43 attraction reviews
409 helpful votes 409 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The Iowa Capitol Building is pretty awesome. The gold leaf dome is visible from a distance or from a 60 mph drive by on I-235. I had time for just a quick dash through. I liked the spiral staircase up to the viewing gallery of the house. Do not miss the library for more spiral staircases. The 18 foot model... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

When we visited Iowa, there literally wasn't much to do, so we visited the Capitol Building. The Building was beautiful and we got a tour from a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. We visited for a while, and it was enjoyable. Surprisingly interesting, and I learned a lot. I would recommend this if your visiting Iowa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Iowans and non-Iowans, take a tour of the capital building. You will learn a lot of history and view a beauty of a building. The gorgeous wood and marble.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Although it is my personal opinion that spending half a million dollars on gilding the Capitol Building dome with 24-karat gold is a decadence the tax payers of Iowa shouldn't stand for, the library made the trip inside the legislative monument well worth the disgust. It truly is a beautiful building inside and out, notwithstanding the gilded dome, and the... More

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