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Adventureland
Adventureland
Attraction type: Theme Parks; Water Parks
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Prairie Meadows
Prairie Meadows
Owner description: Prairie Meadows is the premier destination for gaming and entertainment in the Midwest. With more than 85,000 square feet of casino action, we have every game you'll want to play... more Owner description: Prairie Meadows is the premier destination for gaming and entertainment in the Midwest. With more than 85,000 square feet of casino action, we have every game you'll want to play this side of Vegas. Whether you enjoy the latest slot machine or your favorite table games, Prairie Meadows has everything you need to get your game on. Win place or show,there's nothing like the heart-pounding thrill of live racing on our one-mile racetrack. Join us for live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing every April - October. It's pure excitement start to finish. Casino action, live horse racing, a variety of dining options and great entertainment are waiting for you at Prairie Meadows. less
Attraction type: Conference & Convention Centers; Casinos; Horse Tracks
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Capitol Building
Capitol Building(Des Moines)
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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Iowa State Fairgrounds
Iowa State Fairgrounds(Des Moines)
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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Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Pappajohn Sculpture Park(Des Moines)
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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Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks
Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks
Ranked #1 of 50 Restaurants in Altoona
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Big Steer Restaurant & Lounge
Big Steer Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #2 of 50 Restaurants in Altoona
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
Ranked #3 of 50 Restaurants in Altoona
Cuisines: Italian, American, Steakhouse
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
AJ's Steakhouse
AJ's Steakhouse
Ranked #4 of 50 Restaurants in Altoona
Price: $16 - $55
Cuisines: American
Good for: Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jethroni Pepperoni
Jethroni Pepperoni
Ranked #5 of 50 Restaurants in Altoona
Cuisines: Italian, American, Pizza
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Sleep Inn & Suites
2.0 of 5
Sleep Inn & Suites
$96 - $131
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pleasant Hill
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TownePlace Suites Des Moines Urbandale
2.5 of 5
TownePlace Suites Des Moines Urbandale
$98 - $150
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Johnston
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Value Place Des Moines
2.5 of 5
Value Place Des Moines
$50 - $107
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Ankeny
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

BEST WESTERN PLUS Altoona Inn
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Altoona Inn
$84 - $120
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Altoona
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Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center - Des Moines
2.0 of 5
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center - Des Moines
$110 - $140
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Johnston
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Des Moines West Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Des Moines West Inn & Suites
$77 - $108
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Clive
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Hotel Renovo
4.0 of 5
Hotel Renovo
$135 - $161
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Urbandale
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