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Des Moines
Today the capital city and cultural center of Iowa is revitalized. A versatile destination everyone will enjoy, Des Moines has an itinerary for almost every interest. Culture and art enthusiasts may want to roam through the Des Moines Art Center, spend the weekend museum-hopping or attend a Broadway-caliber performance at the Civic Center. Golfers can spend their time and energy teeing up at any of the area's fine championship courses. The Blank Park Zoo and the Iowa State Fairgrounds should be on the list for families. And gardeners will savor the fantastic blooms at the Botanical Center and the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden. Mix it up a little and sample all this "big city with a small town heart" has to... more Today the capital city and cultural center of Iowa is revitalized. A versatile destination everyone will enjoy, Des Moines has an itinerary for almost every interest. Culture and art enthusiasts may want to roam through the Des Moines Art Center, spend the weekend museum-hopping or attend a Broadway-caliber performance at the Civic Center. Golfers can spend their time and energy teeing up at any of the area's fine championship courses. The Blank Park Zoo and the Iowa State Fairgrounds should be on the list for families. And gardeners will savor the fantastic blooms at the Botanical Center and the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden. Mix it up a little and sample all this "big city with a small town heart" has to offer. less

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Capitol Building
Capitol Building
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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Iowa State Fairgrounds
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Owner description: The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the... more Owner description: The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequalled and unduplicated.The Iowa State Fair, the inspiration for the original novel “State Fair” by Iowan Phil Stong, three motion pictures and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, is without a doubt the country’s most famous state fair. National media frequently rank the Fair as one of the top events in the country. In 2004, USA Weekend named the event the #2 choice for summer fun in America, topping New York City’s Times Square, Cedar Point Amusement Park Resort in Ohio and Disneyland in California. Midwest Living magazine named the Fair one of the “Top 30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience.” The Fair is also included in the New York Times best-selling travel book 1000 Places to See Before You Die and the subsequent travel book, 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before you Die. Join us August 7-17, 2014. less
Attraction type: State Parks
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Des Moines Civic Center
Des Moines Civic Center
Attraction type: Civic Centers
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World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Owner description: The Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates - home of The World Food Prize - is a public museum, educational facility and a place of inspiration for all. This magnificently restored... more Owner description: The Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates - home of The World Food Prize - is a public museum, educational facility and a place of inspiration for all. This magnificently restored Beaux Arts space celebrates the spirit of giving, emphasizing the importance of global food security. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Owner description: Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by 22 of the world's most celebrated artists. The 4.4 Acre park, located within... more Owner description: Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by 22 of the world's most celebrated artists. The 4.4 Acre park, located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, creates a pedestrian friendly entranceway to downtown Des Moines. This accessible setting, coupled with the skilled landscape design and caliber of the art, makes it unlike any other sculpture park in the United States. The Pappajohns' contribution of 28 works for the park is the most significant donation of artwork ever made to the Des Moines Art Center. less
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop
Ranked #1 of 516 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
La Mie Bakery
La Mie Bakery
Ranked #2 of 516 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Patton's Restaurant
Patton's Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 516 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Centro Restaurant
Centro Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 516 Restaurants in Des Moines
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Fong's Pizza
Fong's Pizza
Ranked #5 of 516 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: Chinese, Pizza
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Takeout

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

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Value Place Des Moines
2.5 of 5
Value Place Des Moines
$47 - $117
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Ankeny
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Butler House on Grand
Butler House on Grand
$105 - $190
Ranked #2 of 5 Des Moines B&B and Inns
Baymont Des Moines - Airport Conference Center
2.5 of 5
Baymont Des Moines - Airport Conference Center
$94 - $144
Ranked #4 of 47 Hotels in Des Moines
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Days Inn and Suites - Des Moines Airport
2.0 of 5
Days Inn and Suites - Des Moines Airport
$87 - $117
Ranked #6 of 47 Hotels in Des Moines
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