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Our City

Our City

A City Rich With Discovery

History whispers from every building and street in Des Moines, a capital teeming with a vibrant culture, from theatrical performances to natural wonders waiting to be explored. Taking its namesake from Fort Des Moines, itself named after the Des Moines River, in French meaning "River of the Monks," the city's historic past has cultivated a place of inspiration and vivid discovery.

Things to Do in Des Moines

Iowa Events Center

Iowa Events Center

The city's vibrant heart of activities and recreation lies right at the center of Des Moines. The Iowa Events Center is the one-stop destination for music concerts from international labels, WWE wrestling matches, rugby playoffs, and other cultural events.
Wells Fargo Arena

Wells Fargo Arena

Experience live matches of various sports at the Wells Fargo Arena. The world-famous venue hosts high-school wrestling matches and international music concerts, apart from basketball, hockey, and football. The 17,000 capacity ground is considered among the top 100 venues worldwide in concert attendance. The Arena is also home to NBA G-League's Iowa Wolves, AHL's Iowa Wild, and the IFL's Iowa Barnstormers.
Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol

As the State's prominent political hub and state legislature building, Iowa State Capitol has a distinct history that inspires generations. You will find exciting trivia and exhibits of curious artifacts at every turn. Take a self-guided audio tour or a photo tour, whichever is conveninent.

Iowa State Fairgrounds

Iowa State Fairgrounds

Have a great day with family at the most happening place in downtown Des Moines. Packed with events and festivals throughout the year, this is one spot you don't want to miss.
Temple for Performing Arts

Temple for Performing Arts

Located at a stone's throw distance from our hotel, the Temple Theater is your destination for an evening with world-class performances, exhibits, and cultural activities.
Des Moines Civic Center

Des Moines Civic Center

Welcome to the home of the Des Moines Symphony. If you want a Broadway-style theater experience in town, the Des Moines Civic Center is your destination.
Historic East Village

Historic East Village

Enjoy shopping, dining, and vibrant nightlife on the east banks of the Des Moines River. Centered around the State Capitol area, the East Village is also home to iconic buildings and museums.
Downtown Farmers’ Market

Downtown Farmers’ Market

Buy fresh produce from local farmers, growers, and artisan food vendors of Iowa. Enjoy farm-to-table delicacies at the market's Historic Court District venue. Support local!
Financial Center Des Moines

Financial Center Des Moines

Marvel at the architectural wonder that was the tallest building in Iowa for a long time. The 25-story highrise holds offices for many leading corporations and is close to other downtown attractions.
801 Grand Building

801 Grand Building

The current tallest tower in the State of Iowa stands at 630 feet in downtown Des Moines. Connected by the three skywalk systems to the downtown area, it is a pleasant walk from our hotel.

Other Attractions

  • Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • Temple for Performing Arts
  • Des Moines Civic Center
  • Historic East Village
  • Downtown Farmers’ Market
  • Financial Center Des Moines
  • 801 Grand Building
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