Greater Des Moines is emerging, progressive, and probably not at all what you think. And now is the perfect time to find out what all the buzz is about — Des Moines is 100 percent open and 100 percent awesome, with plenty of space and safety policies to ensure a great, relaxing experience.
Rich in culture and events, Des Moines’ walkable downtown is home to the state-of-the-art Iowa Events Center, with 226,000 square feet and 40 meeting rooms—including the new 330-room attached Hilton Des Moines Downtown. In total, more than 1,300 hotel rooms are connected to the Events Center via a climate-controlled skywalk system.
Fresh-air event venues abound as well, including the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and a working, educational farm at Living History Farms. The vast Iowa State Fairgrounds—home to the most famous state fair in the nation—offers more than a dozen buildings for events of all sizes.
Visitors will also find plenty of outdoor leisure activities to enjoy, from a stroll through the 4.4-acre Pappajohn Sculpture Park to visiting the Downtown Farmers’ Market, known as one of the best in the country.
After working up an appetite, Iowa’s celebrated farm-to-table cuisine awaits, with Des Moines restaurants creatively serving up the local bounty. From local dishes like Steak de Burgo, pork tenderloins and Crab Rangoon pizza to James Beard-nominated chefs and over 20 award-winning breweries, something delicious is always on tap in Iowa’s capital city.
With a quarter of the country less than a five-hour drive away, Des Moines is the perfect excuse for a road trip. And those who take advantage of one of the 20-plus direct flights into Des Moines’ convenient airport will appreciate the quick 10-minute commute to downtown or 20 minutes to the suburbs.
To learn more about booking your next event in Des Moines and find out why Des Moines is Des Best, visit www.catchdesmoines.com/planners.