5 days in Des Moines Itinerary

5 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. Popular historic sites such as American Gothic House and Living History Farms are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seven Oaks Recreation and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center. Explore Des Moines' surroundings by going to Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve (in Grinnell), Fun Valley Ski Area (in Montezuma) and Iowa Speedway (in Newton). And it doesn't end there: get some jogging in at Clive Greenbelt Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Clark Tower, get engrossed in the history at Salisbury House, and snap pictures at Hogback Covered Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines road trip planning app .

In December in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 22°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Winterset, American Gothic House, Seven Oaks Recreation, Fun Valley Ski Area, Living History Farms
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American Gothic House ©
American Gothic House
Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve ©
Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve