Leisure and Travel Blog

Catch a Des Moines insider perspective. Find tips on where to eat, drink and spend your time. Looking for best kept secrets and hidden gems? Let us point you in the right direction. From the top five Des Moines burgers to family friendly activities, hear what locals rave about. Whether you want to shop, dine or just have fun, this Greater Des Moines blog will help you experience the city like a local and catch all Des Moines has to offer!

Category - Suggested Itineraries

It's Pumpkin Patch Time! Catch Fall Fun at Geisler Farms

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 PM by Jannae Lane

It's Pumpkin Patch Time!! Catch Fall Fun at Geisler Farms Fall is here which means my family is planning our annual trip to a local pumpkin patch. I’m not sure who looks forward to this day more…the kids or me! You can’t beat a day wandering the pumpkin patch with a scarf wrapped around your neck and camera in hand to...

Fall Bucket List | Things to Do this Fall in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 PM

Fall Bucket List | Things to Do this Fall in Greater Des Moines Finally , it’s here. The season every one enjoys. Gone are the bikinis, swim trunks and diets of summer and back are the scarves, flannels, boots and jeans. Pumpkin EVERYTHING hits the shelves and stores, leaves start falling and, let’s be honest, you’ve probably...

8 Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:00 PM

8 Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Greater Des Moines 4 th of July is a great time to get out and experience what the metro can offer. Here’s a quick list of eight things to do this 4 th of July in Greater Des Moines. 26th Good Guys Heartland Nationals Browse hundreds of hot rods and muscle cars at the Iowa State Fairgrounds . Good Guys...

How to Spend a Winter Weekend in Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 1:00 PM

How to Spend a Winter Weekend in Des Moines Day 1 Start the day with brunch at Guru BBQ – that’s right, we said brunch. Enjoy everything from a Breakfast Taco with house smoked chorizo and salsa to Crème Brulee French Toast.  This new downtown restaurant has been satisfying locals and visitors alike with their eclectic mix...
Catch these Greater Des Moines Parks for Fishing, Boating and Fun Greater Des Moines knows how to play outdoors! One of the best ways I have found to experience Des Moines’ outdoors is to visit the region’s many parks. You may already know about Big Creek and Saylorville , but did you also know Greater Des Moines is home to an amazing...

Where to Catch a Movie this Summer in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:38 AM by Trina Flack

Where to Catch a Movie this Summer in Greater Des Moines With so many fun things to do in Greater Des Moines in the summer, sometimes it’s hard to want to catch a movie. But there are some great summer movie options in the Metro! Check out some of these fun and affordable options below to keep your kids entertained this summer. Valle Drive...
4 FREE Reasons to Love Thursday's in Greater Des Moines this Summer We’re always waiting for the weekend, but when summer rolls around Thursday nights are just as exciting. From live music to farmers’ markets, there’s no excuse to go home and sit on the couch after work! Here are 4 reasons to love Thursday nights this...

Catch A Country-Filled Weekend in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:27 PM by Addison Bratvold

Catch A Country-Filled Weekend in Des Moines It’s a big country-filled weekend for Greater Des Moines! This guy by the name of Garth Brooks will be here…you may have heard of him. He’s a country music legend who brings young and old country music fans together. He will play 6 sold-out shows in Greater Des Moines over 6 days and...

5 Fishing Hot Spots in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 1:50 PM by Joe Laing

Five Fishing Hot Spots in Greater Des Moines Planning a trip to Greater Des Moines and hoping to spend some time fishing while you’re here? This area’s fertile rivers and lakes make it easy to find first-rate fishing holes. Here are five suggestions for fishing hot spots in Greater Des Moines: Lake Petocka, photo courtesy of the...

It's Time to Start Planning a Road Trip to Des Moines

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 3:15 PM by Joe Laing

It’s Time to Start Planning a Road Trip to Des Moines It’s never too early to plan this year’s road trips, and excursions to Greater Des Moines offer plenty of possibilities. Whether you’re coming to sample regional cuisine, get a glimpse of American history or fill a weekend (or longer!) with outdoor activity, Des...