Visit Des Moines.

Set down smack-dab in the middle of Iowa, Des Moines offers visitors a chance to see what the Midwest is all about. Rich in history while a burgeoning tourism hot spot, Iowa’s fast-growing capital city is a perfect destination for a long weekend or longer stays. After all, it’s quite cozy there—you might find you want to linger a while after your arrival in the Hawkeye State.

While its name might translate to “of the Monks,” the Des Moines of today is no place for quiet retreat. This urban oasis in the Great Plains is a bustling city of hundreds of thousands of Iowans and home to an array of natural, cultural, and culinary delights. The city’s centerpiece is the stunning State Capitol building, the only five-domed capitol in the United States. This stately 19th-century structure is not only home to the state’s legislature, but also the annual World Food Prize ceremony that draws visitors from all over the world.

It’s a fitting site for the award to be given out: The city possesses one of the highest counts of restaurants per capita in the entire country. Just blocks from the State Capitol is the booming East Village neighborhood, the epicenter of the local food scene where foodies of all persuasions can find something (or many things) to whet their appetites.

When travelers aren’t busy indulging in the flavors of the city, there’s no shortage of other enticing activities. Art buffs will find much to enjoy in the Des Moines Art Center, which features an impressive collection of modern American masterworks. Meanwhile, nature lovers will have plenty to take in both along the riverfront and beneath the gigantic geodesic dome of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

This heartland destination is bursting with attractions to enjoy. Get there easily by booking a flight to Des Moines with Southwest®. Southwest Airlines offers regular flights to Des Moines International Airport, so that you can make your way to this Midwestern metropolis whenever it strikes your fancy. Book with confidence and enjoy a straightforward process from start to finish, from flight selection to checkout. Once your trip to Des Moines is booked, learn more about the Southwest® Experience and see everything that goes into making your trip a memorable one.

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Things to do in Des Moines.

Enriching outings
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Hoyt Sherman Place
  • State Historical Museum of Iowa
Spectacular sights
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Iowa State Fair Grounds
  • Salisbury House & Gardens
Engrossing greenspaces
  • Gray’s Lake Park
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park