The IMT Des Moines Marathon has an annual economic impact of more than $2 million in the City of Des Moines. Thank you.

Catch Des Moines

Iowa’s Capital City and its surrounding communities boast big amenities in a safe and accessible location. Greater Des Moines provides all the adventure and reward of a high-profile city without the inflated cost. Cultural events and festivals coupled with bike trails, parks, and lakes give residents and visitors of all ages plenty to do and see in Des Moines. Getting to the metro is easy from virtually any location worldwide as seven airlines service the Des Moines International Airport. Additionally, a quarter of the U.S. population is within a one-day drive. More than 13,000 hotel rooms and 1,000 locally-owned restaurants greet visitors as they arrive to enjoy the area. Des Moines was also recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top-five place to live in the United States.

Find the best of Greater Des Moines including top attractions and activities, where to eat, events to catch, places to stay, coupons, and the local scoop. Catch Des Moines

Things To Do in Des Moines

Downtown Farmers’ Market on Court Avenue.
Science Center of Iowa featuring the IMAX Dome Theater.
Des Moines Civic Center the Des Moines Performing Arts presents the Broadway hit, Mean Girls.
Blank Park Zoo with enclosed rain forest and new sea-lion and tiger exhibits.

Iowa Hall of Pride showcasing Iowa’s top athletes, teams and high school sports (located in the Iowa Events Center).
Iowa State Capitol offers public tours and self-guided tours. Views of the gold dome.
State Historical Building offers public tours and self-guided tours.

Shopping and eating options in the East Village.
Eating and drinking options in the Court Avenue District.
Shopping and eating options 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 the Des Moines area.

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 homes along the marathon course that are open for public tours.
Prairie Meadows race track and casino.
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.