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    Dreaming of travel? Looking for things to do? Need an easy and affordable family trip? You're in the right place. From arts & culturefood & drinkthings to do, and seasonal events, along with all of “Des Best” that Des Moines has to offer, we've got you covered. So stop reading and start watching.

    The S's are Silent

    In Des Moines, the S’s may be silent, but our city is buzzing. Whether it's our Instagram-worthy attractions, bold art, or sizzling food scene, there's something for everyone in Greater Des Moines. Take a trip with Scott Siepker, and see what all the hype is about. 

    Food & Drink

    From food on a stick to James Beard-nominated chefs, we put the “farm” in farm-to-table. Usually with a side of ranch. 

    Arts & Culture

    Believe it or not, our art extends beyond the Iowa State Fair butter cow. We have plenty of non-dairy art too.  

    Things to Do

    We've got trails, tunes and crab rangoons. And about a million other things that don't rhyme quite as well. 


    Whether you like your weather paired with shorts and sunscreen or sweaters and cider, Greater Des Moines has you covered. No matter how many layers it takes.



    Right now, we can all support each other at a distance. And when this is in the distance, we’ll be here. 


    Des Best

    Looking for some authentically Des Moines experiences? We've curated some of the “Des Best” ones right here. Take a look and be inspired. 

    Downtown Farmers' Market

    Food, music, murals, over 300 vendors, and lots of dogs. It's one of the best-rated Farmers' Markets in America for a reason.

    Pappajohn Sculpture Park

    4.4 acres of awe-inspiring art and selfie opportunities. 

    High Trestle Trail

    25 miles of exploration, anchored by an illuminated bridge, and never far from a bite or brew. 

    Crab Rangoon Pizza 

    Asian-inspired pizza in a tiki bar setting. The best of both worlds. 

    Steak de Burgo

    We call it Steak de Burgo. You'll call it life-changing. 


    The self-proclaimed Greatest Store in the Universe. Who are we to disagree?

    Iowa State Capitol

    100 rooms of awe-inspiring history and camera-ready beauty.

    Iowa State Fair

    70 foods on a stick, 500 exhibitors and a million other reasons to check out the number one state fair in the country.


    How Do You Catch Des Moines? 

    We finally get to the bottom of the age-old question, "how do you catch Des Moines?"



    Ready to visit Greater Des Moines? Until you can go sightseeing, let's go SOFASeeing. Because if you can't come to us now, we'll come to you and inspire you to travel later.  

    Food & Drink

    If you're tired of checking the back of the crisper bin for something to eat these days, you'll love what's on the menu in Des Moines. 

    Family Fun

    Keeping your kids entertained these days is tough. Fortunately, we build a whole city to do the job for you.