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Terrace Hill

2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
515-281-7205
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Ranked #19 of 41 attractions in Des Moines
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: Historic Governor's mansion.
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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We were the only 2 people on our tour, so maybe that's why it was so fun ---- but really, our guide was interesting, and we learned a lot on our tour. He took his time, which let us really look around and take in the details. Des Moines' governor is lucky to have such a gem available to him!

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Overland Park, KS
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had a lovely time touring the grounds of Terrace Hill. Beautiful home, beautiful grounds and the most interesting conversation with the Governor and First Lady. Would highly recommend this attraction to all.

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Sugar Creek, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This house is beautiful and full of stories. We really enjoyed the tour and loved seeing it. The beautiful staircase with the stained glass window was marvelous. The whole property was really great to see.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We did a drive-by of Terrace Hill. It's a beautiful property. Now the Iowa Governor's Mansion, previously the Hubbell Family Home.

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iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

It is a vary nice old home in the DSM area were the Gov. of Iowa lives . It was built back in the late 1890s

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Des Moines, Iowa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The tour of Terrace Hill was very interesting and the stories were very informative and fun to listen to. This tour is NOT for toddlers and their sippy cups! There is history to preserve and dripping sippy cups are not allowed.

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Luang Prabang
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

You'll be captured by its ornamentation frills . The tours of the public areas of its interior also will keep you interested. It would be fun to be able also see the upper floors that is the state governor's private residence, but you need an invitation from the governor to do so.

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Jefferson,Ia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Educational and fun to see where the Govenor and his family spend some of their time. It has been a long while since I have been there, but really enjoyed it.

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iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Really a nice view at night. Flying in to Des Moines it glows.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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87 reviews 87 reviews
37 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

Built in the mid-1800's, this multi-story mansion is beautiful, inside and out. As of 1971, this mansion became the home for Iowa's governors. The tour takes you through a video history of the home, followed by the actual tour. You are able to visit several rooms and see the famous stained glass near the staircase. If you are looking for... More

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