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“Best view in the city”
Review of Capitol Building

Capitol Building
Ranked #1 of 65 things to do in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best view in the city”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

We took the tour, and I would say it was well worth it. The lady tour guide was clearly enthusiastic about the building and she answered all our questions with great patience and knowledge. The building is truly beautiful, well worth checking out.

Visited September 2013
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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Number One for a reason”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Beautiful building and great tour. Our tour guide "Bill" was very informative and was able to keep the adults, teenagers and young kids engaged and excited during the tour. Learned not only about the facility but also about how Iowa government works. Library was really spectacular and the view after hiking up the stairs of the dome was great. Don't miss!

Visited September 2013
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Euless, Texas
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't miss”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you are in Des Moines, don't miss the Capitol. We just about had a private tour. Knowledgeable, kind tour guide. Don't miss the 92 steps up to the dome. Awesome view.

Visited September 2013
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Aurora, Colorado
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176 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Beautiful Building, Great Place to Spend an Afternoon”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We only stayed here maybe an hour because we just stopped in after our flight and before we headed out of Des Moines, but I could have wandered around this beautiful, historic building for hours and hours. It was just an amazing place. The architectural details, combined with the historic displays, make this a wonderful place to spend time and learn some things while you are there. I would absolutely go there again.

Visited September 2013
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East Coast
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106 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Worth spending a few hours here”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

On a whim, we decided to add a tour of the Iowa State Capitol Building to our vacation and boy, we are sure glad we did. What a treat! The tour is well worth taking, as it allows access to areas you are not allowed to tour on your own (like the dome), and the guides are full of stories and information. The First Ladies doll exhibit was interesting, and rooms like the law library are just gorgeous. The stained glass windows are beautiful as well. We spent about two and a half hours here (an hour for the tour itself), and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited August 2013
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