1. Iowa State Capitol Building
Des Moines is the capitol of Iowa, and the Iowa State Capitol Building is an interesting and beautiful place to explore more about our state. The building houses the Iowa Senate, Iowa House of Representatives, the Office of the Governor, and the Offices of the Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer, and Secretary of State. Guided tours are available for interested visitors.
2. Gray’s Lake Park
Des Moines has a total of 60 miles of trails, and the trail that loops around Gray Lake at Gray’s Lake Park is a gorgeous place to take in the city.
3. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Center is a gorgeous place of natural beauty right in the middle of a city. Free-flying birds, fascinating plants and extensive gardens are just a few of the sights to enjoy here.
4. Pappajohn Sculpture Park
In downtown Des Moines, this collection of two dozen sculptures is truly one-of-a-kind. The sculptures are illuminated at night for an extra special view of the park.
5. Des Moines Art Center
The Des Moines Art Center houses a large collection of 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary art, along with art from all over the world.
6. Salisbury House
Salisbury House was built by Carl Weeks and his wife, Edith. Modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, the house contains a massive 42 rooms and measures around 22,000 square feet. To explore the house, just sign up for a tour.
7. State Historical Museum
This museum contains three floors of exhibits celebrating Iowa’s rich history, contributions and heritage.
8. East Village
East Village, part of downtown Des Moines, with great shopping and restaurants.
9. Science Center of Iowa
This fascinating museum contains interactive galleries & learning labs with a science focus. There’s also a planetarium & IMAX theater.
10. Robert D Ray Asian Gardens
The Chinese Cultural Center of America built this beautiful Asian Garden, with a Chinese pagoda, pond, landscaped gardens and many sculptures.