The Best Things to Do in Des Moines on a Weekend Getaway

When you think of a great getaway, you might not think of heading to Iowa. You may be surprised at what this midwestern state can offer! 

The great news is Des Moines, Iowa, sits in the center of the state, so it’s easy to reach many nearby attractions.

All in all, it makes for a great weekend getaway! Let’s check out some things to do in Des Moines.

As you drive along I-80, your eye will naturally find a gorgeous castle-like building with gold-domed spires. That’s the beautiful Des Moines capital building. 

Tour the Capitol Building 


The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park contains artwork by 25 artists from around the world. This park is on 4.4 acres in the middle of downtown.

Pappajohn Sculpture Park


If you’re visiting in the middle of August, check out the Iowa State Fair. It’s the 7th largest state fair in the nation, with 1.13 million visitors each year! 

Iowa State Fair 


The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a beautiful 14-acre garden near downtown Des Moines. 

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden


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