There’s plenty to do in Des Moines — from outdoor activities at the lakes to arts and entertainment at the Des Moines Social Club.
Use a BCycle [bike sharing] to tour the metro or download the “Iowa by Trail” app to locate and ride the trails or the Principal Riverwalk. Sign up for RAGBRAI!
Local hand-crafted beer; 105 American micro-brews and 100 more in bottles; a coffeehouse and vegetarian restaurant with art from local artists plus musicians on its small stage; falafel or sushi; Havana cocktails to Mexican riffs.
Yes, Des Moines will pleasantly surprise you.