Des Moines Vacations

Not only is Des Moines the capital of Iowa, but it is also an incredibly important piece of U.S. presidential politics. Home of the Iowa caucuses, Des Moines often becomes the headquarters for many presidential candidates. The city is also a cultural haven: the Civic Center hosts broadway shows and theatre, and the Des Moines Opera and Symphony ... Read more
perform regularly throughout the year. Visitors wanting to learn more about this diverse state can head to the State of Iowa Historical Museum.
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Like most of the Midwest, Iowa experiences extreme hot and cold temperatures, depending on the season. Summer tends to attract the most visitors, especially for the Iowa State Fair in August. This time of year ... Read more
can get quite hot and humid with temperature highs in the 80s and 90s (high 20s and 30s Celsius), sometimes exceeding 100 (37). Winter in Iowa can be pretty brutal with plenty of snow and freezing temperatures (though snowshoeing might help to warm you up). Spring can be fierce with thunderstorms and other severe weather, while fall boasts milder post-summer temperatures and changing foliage.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Des Moines is a highly underrated city. The city has done an amazing job refurbishing the downtown area into a hot bed of amazing cuisine, architecture, arts, restaurants and entertainment. Foodies will love all the world class dining options and the funky little dives that have some of the best food you'll ever try. Des Moines is no longer a fly over city. The New York Times named it the hippest city in the United States. Stop in and see what the buzz is about!

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Carlisle

Down town is cool. beautiful capitol building, can see the dome from my bedroom window. Blank Park zoo and its penguins are awesome, Jordan creek for coffee, shopping, bumming around a semi decent mall. botanical gardens and science center, state historical society, governers mansion, many historic victorian homes and right nect door to my house. gotta love des moines.

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Muncie, Indiana

Des Moines is a fantastic place to visit. Has alot of things to do there. And if you like to camp you can have a wonderful there too. Lots of wild life to see.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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Pig farms corn fields as far as you can see and hemp growing every ware not much to do there

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Wonderful city! Full of adventure and activities for everyone!

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Iowa is home and nothing is better than home!!

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Milo, Iowa

St. Patricks parade!!

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Atlanta

boring

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Florence, Montana

Raised there myself but its ok.

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Pleasant Hill, California, USA

Des Moines is French for The Moines

Des Moines. Hell Yes!

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