Tour Des Moines

Getting to Des Moines

FRIDAY Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and catch I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 3rd Street. The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is in the Iowa Events Center at 3rd and Center.

SATURDAY Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and catch I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 3rd Street. The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is in the Iowa Events Center at 3rd and Center.

SUNDAY Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and catch I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) or exit 8B (East 6th/Penn) toward downtown. Races start on the Locust Street Bridge at 101 East Locust.

FROM THE AIRPORT Take Fleur north (left out of the airport) and take the Grand exit on the right just past Gray’s Lake Park. Merge right onto Locust. Most of the IMT Des Moines Marathon host hotels are between 10th and East 1st. Race day activities take place between 3rd and East 2nd.

Getting Around Des Moines

VISITOR MAPS The Downtown Community Alliance offers maps of downtown Des Moines, the skywalk system and parking ramps. For more information about Des Moines visit the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Catch Des Moines.

Staying Overnight in Des Moines

HOTELS IMT Des Moines Marathon host hotels provide blocks of rooms for athletes and other guests. Many are familiar with the needs of our athletes on race day and will offer perks such as early meal options, shuttles to the start, late checkout, etc. Identify yourself as being with the IMT Des Moines Marathon when you make your reservation.

EMBASSY SUITES DES MOINES ($167) IMT Des Moines Marathon Headquarters. All races start and finish at the front door – you can’t miss it. Complimentary amenities include a cooked-to-order breakfast buffet, two-hour evening reception featuring an open bar from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. and airport shuttle service. 101 East Locust Street. Online reservations. 515.244.1700

MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN ($130) Just a few blocks from the start and finish, specials for guests include a sundry shop stocked with fruit, energy bars, bandages and items you may have forgotten to pack. Showers and locker rooms are offered after the race. 700 Grand Avenue. Online Reservations. 800.514.4681 or 515.245.5500

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT DES MOINES ($159) An all-suites property, Residence Inn offers complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub and complimentary high-speed internet. All studio suites have a king bed, full-size sofa sleeper and fully equipped kitchen. Two blocks from the start/finish. 100 SW Water Street. 515.288.4500

HAMPTON INN and SUITES DOWNTOWN ($144) Overlooking the Des Moines River, modern amenities include a microwave and a refrigerator. Hot breakfast. Indoor swimming pool. Fitness center.Two blocks from the start/finish. 120 SW Water Street. 515.244.1650

HYATT PLACE DES MOINES ($159) Features include The Gallery, which offers a coffee and wine bar, a 24/7 guest kitchen with freshly prepared snacks and entrees, and daily complimentary continental breakfast. Just blocks from the start/finish. Valet parking, airport shuttle service, an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. 418 6th Street. Online Reservations. (Group Code: DMM4) 515.282.5555 or 800.634.3839

HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN MERCY CAMPUS ($125) Three blocks from the Iowa Events Center and just over ten blocks from the start/finish line. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the start/finish on race day, as well as airport shuttle service. Directly off of I-235, making it especially convenient for athletes traveling to Des Moines. 1050 6th Street. Online reservations. (Group Code: DSM Marathon) 515.283.0151

FAIRFIELD INN – AIRPORT ($129) Just south of the airport on Fleur Drive. Spacious guest rooms are equipped with complimentary wireless internet and 37″ flat-screen TVs. Features a Market Place with both hot and cold food options and a continental breakfast that starts at 5:30 a.m. and is packed with wholesome foods like fresh fruit, bagels and waffles. 6880 Fleur Drive. 866.411.2682 or 515.309.4444

DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON – AIRPORT ($139.00) Less than ten minutes from downtown and next-door to the airport, the perfect location for any traveler. Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, adjacent to the hotel, offers a wide variety of entrees in a distinctively nostalgic atmosphere. Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast or hot breakfast buffet starts at 6:00 a.m. 6800 Fleur Drive. 800.557.7048 or 515.285.7777

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT – WEST ($99) Eat. Drink. Connect. The Bistro provides guests with healthy food and beverage offerings in the morning and evening dinner service with cocktails. The Bistro also proudly serves Starbucks® coffee products. Feel free to visit The Market for snacks, sandwiches, and beverages, open 24 hours.Fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool. Just off I-35/I-80, is minutes from the Iowa Events Center.1520 NW 114th Street, Clive. Online Reservations. 515.225.1222

Identify yourself as being with the IMT Des Moines Marathon when you make your reservation.

HOTEL FORT DES MOINES (Closed for rennovations in 2015) Ten blocks from the start/finish, ideally situated in the heart of downtown along the popular 10th Street Corridor. Enjoy complimentary wireless Internet and shuttle service to the race and airport. 1000 Walnut Street. 800.532.14669 or 515.243.1161

RENAISSANCE SAVERY HOTEL (Closed for rennovations in 2015) Historic surroundings set the tone for a memorable stay. You’ll receive two complimentary tickets for a “Grab and Go” bag on race morning complete with bagel, fruit, juice and coffee in the lobby. 3:00 p.m. checkout on race day is also offered. IMT Des Moines Marathon Headquarters. 410 Locust Street. 800.798.2151 or 515.244.2151

Spending Time in Des Moines

DOWNTOWN ATTRACTIONS IMT Des Moines Marathon festivities will take place around town as early as Thursday evening. Several family friendly attractions, restaurants and bars in downtown Des Moines are looking forward to your arrival.
Saturday morning: world-class Downtown Farmers’ Market on Court Avenue.
Science Center of Iowa, complete with IMAX Dome Theater.
Iowa Hall of Pride, a showcase of Iowa athletics (located in the Iowa Events Center).
Iowa State Capitol offering free tours .
State Historical Building offering free tours.
Shopping and eating in the East Village.
Eating and drinking in the Court Avenue District.

DES MOINES ATTRACTIONS There are even more things to do in Des Moines outside of the downtown district. Des Moines is a relatively easy city to navigate and get around with minimal travel times.
Blank Park Zoo, with enclosed rainforest and new sea-lion and tiger exhibits. October 15 – 18 features Night Eyes and Halloween fun.
Des Moines Art Center, one of the finest modern art museums in the United States.
Salisbury House and Terrace Hill (governor’s mansion), two historic houses open for public tours.
Prairie Meadows race track and casino has Iowa Quarter Horse Championship Challenge races October 16 and 17 with post times starting at 7 p.m.
Living History Farms featuring a late 19th Century Iowa town and family farm as well as a family Halloween event on Saturday and Sunday evening.
Shopping in Historic Valley Junction located in West Des Moines.
Valley West Mall and Jordan Creek Town Center offer some of the finest retail shops and eateries in West Des Moines.

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