3 days in Des Moines Itinerary

3 days in Des Moines Itinerary

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Des Moines
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Des Moines

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Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Explore Des Moines' surroundings by going to Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa (in Madrid), Winterset (Hogback Covered Bridge & John Wayne Birthplace & Museum) and Iowa State University (in Ames). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, and cool off at Adventureland.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Des Moines trip planner .

December in Des Moines sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winterset, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, High Trestle Trail, Adventureland, Iowa State University
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Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo