Hotels & Activities

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

DSM USA Iowa’s Capital City and surrounding communities boast extensive 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, festivals, 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 accessible 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 and 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 a 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 and Saturday The DMOS Orthopaedic Sports & Fitness Expo featuring the MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series is open Friday, October 14, from 3 to 8 pm, and Saturday, October 15, from 10 am to 6 pm in the Iowa Events Center – Hall C 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Suppose driving takes 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.

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

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Getting to Des Moines on Sunday The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay start at 8 am, followed by the Principal 5K Road Race at 8:30 am. 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.

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Activities Around Des Moines

The Iowa Wild kick-off the hockey season on Friday, October 14. To get your free ticket, click here.

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

Science Center of Iowa featuring kids’ activities and exhibitions.

Blank Park Zoo with enclosed rainforest, sea lion, and tiger exhibits.

Iowa Hall of Pride showcases 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 features the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden.

Cowles Commons featuring the 2015 IMT Des Moines Marathon as the muse for public art entitled Swirl

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 is 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 features a late 19th Century Iowa town and family farm featuring Halloween events on Saturday and Sunday evenings.