Are you looking to explore all of the amazing attractions near Des Moines, Iowa? There’s so much to see, do and learn. For your next adventure, here are 10 amazing places in Des Moines to check out.

Aren’t all of these attractions in Des Moines Iowa exciting? Are there any awesome spots you think we’ve missed?  Want to learn more about all of the amazing destinations that Iowa offers, take a look at our list of things to do in Iowa

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What unique road trips in Iowa can I take?

If you're looking to see the best and most of the Hawkeye State, road trips are one of the most ideal ways to do just that. We have put together lots of one and two day road trips in Iowa that will help you explore the state. Want to try some of the best pie in Iowa? Try our pie themed road trip! Or perhaps you prefer sweet to spooky? Well, this tour of haunted places in Iowa will be right up your alley. Maybe you just want to see some lovely scenery, then our Iowa leaf peeping trip is the one for you!

Are there any covered bridges in Iowa?

Iowa is home to nine covered bridges, six of which are historic, so it is a great state for those lovers of a good bridge. The covered bridges in Iowa are really something special, so much so that they inspired a book and a movie based on the book, both called the Bridges Of Madison County. We love the feeling you get that you've traveled back in time when you are admiring or crossing these special bridges. If you want to travel the same route that the characters did in the book, you can follow the covered bridges scenic byway in Iowa.

What are the best free things to do in Iowa?

There are so many fun and free things to do in Iowa. Of course there is all our gorgeous nature, with a metric ton of hiking trails and state parks to explore, there is no shortage of fresh air and gorgeous scenery. In particular we recommend these low key hikes in Iowa for the perfect mix of exercise and leisure. If you'd rather stay inside, there are still lots of fun options! The Iowa Museum of Natural History is free and fascinating, as is the Des Moines Art Center and the Railroad Museum.