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Visiting Des Moines

Tired of the Great Outdoors? What with an intricate, four-mile skywalk system, you could conceivably spend an entire vacation to Des Moines inside. But if you do wander out, you’ll find a delightful riverfront area complete with a skating plaza that’s perfect for rosy-cheeked family outings.

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Tired of the Great Outdoors? What with an intricate, four-mile skywalk system, you could conceivably spend an entire vacation to Des Moines inside. But if you do wander out, you’ll find a delightful riverfront area complete with a skating plaza that’s perfect for rosy-cheeked family outings.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Des Moines. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Des Moines flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Des Moines

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Bridges of Madison County (Iowa)

Written by MilwVon on 22 Apr, 2007

Once we moved to Iowa one of the first things I wanted to see was the bridges made famous in the movie "Bridges of Madison County" staring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Still one of my all-time favorite romance stories, I still cry as he…Read More


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Amana, Iowa – The Largest of the Amana Colonies

Written by MilwVon on 22 Apr, 2007

We enjoyed a lovely spring afternoon visiting the Amana Colonies, located approximately 75 minutes from Des Moines. We started at the far southern and western end of the 10 mile loop road, ending our tour here in Amana. Here there is the largest number of…Read More


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The Seven Villages – Amana Colonies, Iowa

Written by MilwVon on 22 Apr, 2007

The Amana Colonies were founded by Germans who had left their Buffalo, NY homes to find a better life in the Midwest. This religious group founded seven communal villages which by design were one hour by ox cart from one another. In the communal village…Read More


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Eighty-nine Years of Communal Living – The Amanas

Written by btwood2 on 30 Jan, 2005

Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards. -- Song of Solomon 4:8, King James Version From this verse…Read More


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High quality and humor – Amana Colonies

Written by btwood2 on 30 Jan, 2005

We took a day trip to the Amanas with Bob’s granddaughter and her husband on a bright and sunny September day. Just over an hour’s drive on I-80 east of Des Moines, we turned off at Highway 151, exit 225, 5 miles south of…Read More


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Madison County!!!

Written by mrtexas on 30 Jan, 2003

I went on a quest to visit the birthplace of my favorite actor, John Wayne. He was born in Winterset, Iowa in 1907. Much to my delight, the house he was born in was tranformed into a shrine to honor "The Duke" and…Read More


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Harrison Hurricane in Berwick

Written by btwood2 on 30 Jan, 2005

That’s what this family calls itself, a hurricane, though they’re a fairly normal family of seven: five kids and two parents, plus two dogs and a gecko. (There used to be a hamster, but one of the dogs mistakenly thought it was food.)…Read More


The Drive Up

Written by dvs7310 on 30 Jan, 2001

We decided to take the back roads going up. This was MO Rt.13. This took us to just south of the MO/IA border, where we got on I-35 to go the rest of the way (About 100 Miles). We saw rural Missouri at its best.…Read More


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