5 Things to Do Des Moines, Iowa 🌽

When visiting Des Moines during our road trip, we were pleasantly surprised on how many things there were to do in the capital of Iowa. Here are 5 Things to Do in Des Moines.



  1. Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge

This area of Des Moines has the Robert D. Ray Asian Garden, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and the Rotary Riverwalk Park. Come visit this area for a great view of Downtown and lots of walking paths. Enjoy the gardens and take in some fresh air.



2. Terrace Hill Historic Site Governor's Mansion

Terrace Hill Historic site is the Governor’s Mansion. You have to book this tour ahead of time by calling 515-281-7205 and check in at their gate. This is because the current governor actually lives here. Tours are $5 each and they only accept cash.


This second empire mansion was completed in 1869 by millionaire Benjamin Franklin Allen for $250,000, which is about 4.5 million in todays money. IN 1971 the mansion was donated to the state of Iowa and became the official residence of Iowa’s governors.



3. Raygun

It calls itself “The Greatest Store in the Universe,” and offers shoppers items ranging from clothing to home decor. A lot of the items are Midwestern themed, which makes it so fun to walk around and look at everything.



4. Iowa State Capital Building

We headed to take a tour of the Iowa State Capital Building. Finished in 1886 at a total cost of 2.8 million dollars, which is about 89 million in today’s money, the building has a 23 carat gold dome, corinthian columns, and styled in the Renaissance revival look. The coolest part by far was the library. Their tours are free and run every 30 minutes from 8am-5pm.



5. Horizon Line Coffee

Horizon Line coffee is an industrial-chic coffee shop serving coffee, tea & cocktails. We got a takeaway cold brew with oat milk. They also don't use single-use here, and that's super cool. Their takeaway coffees are served in glass bottles.



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