Discover Des Moines

The IMT Des Moines Marathon provides an annual economic impact of more than $2 million to Des Moines. Thank you.

DSM USA

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 rewards 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. The U.S. News & World Report also recently recognized Des Moines as a top-five place to live in the United States. Click here.

Catch Des Moines

Tourism Matters. 13.7 million visitors travel to Greater Des Moines annually, generating $2.2 billion in total travel spending, supporting 19,150 local jobs. 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. Click here.

Staying in Des Moines (book your stay)

We make travel easy! TEAMINN is the hotel booking company designed with you in mind. We established the lowest rates with our hotel partners for our IMT Des Moines Marathon guests, and TEAMINN is ready to take your reservation. To book your room stay while in Des Moines, click here, or call 1.800.233.8326. Questions? Click here.

Getting to Des Moines on Friday

The DMOS Orthopaedic Sports & Fitness Expo featuring the MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series is open from 3 to 8 pm in the Iowa Events Center – Hall C, 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Suppose driving take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 3rd Street downtown.

Suppose flying take Fleur Drive north (left out of the airport) and take the Grand Avenue exit on the right just past Gray’s Lake Park. Merge right onto Locust Street to 2nd Street and north to the Iowa Events Center.

Getting to Des Moines on Saturday

The MercyOne 5-Mile Run starts at 8 am on Saturday, October 16. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 5th Street. Take 5th Street to W MLK Jr Parkway. Left turn (east) to 3rd Street. Right turn (south) to Principal Park parking lot. Free onsite event parking is offered.

The DMOS Orthopaedic Sports & Fitness Expo featuring the MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series is open Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 6 pm in the Iowa Events Center – Hall C, 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 3rd Street downtown.

There is a fee to park in the Iowa Events Center parking lot. Metered street parking is in effect until 9 pm.

For more parking information, click here.

Getting to Des Moines on Sunday

The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon, Principal 5K Road Race, and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay start at 8 am on Sunday, October 17. 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 7th Street, 5th Street, or 3rd Street. Take 7th Street, 5th Street, or 3rd Street to Grand Avenue or Locust Street for free street parking or hourly rate ramp parking.

For more parking information, click here.

Discover Des Moines

Downtown Farmers’ Market on Court Avenue, ranked the #2 best Farmers’ Market in the U.S.

Science Center of Iowa featuring the IMAX Dome Theater.

Blank Park Zoo with enclosed rain forest, 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 Museum offers public tours and self-guided tours.

Western Gateway Park featuring the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden.

Local 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, are open for public tours.

Prairie Meadows race track and casino.

Living History Farms featuring a late 19th Century Iowa town and family farm featuring Halloween events on Saturday and Sunday evenings.