Cheap Flights to Des Moines

Des Moines overview

The state capital of Iowa, Des Moines is a charming city with exceptional food, a huge array of historic buildings, great shopping and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The historical side to the city will occupy many days of sightseeing. From the ornately designed Capitol building, to the beauty of Salisbury House and the fascinating exhibits of the State Historical Society Museum, visitors can easily learn about how the city came to be.

There are plenty of other cultural attractions as well. Wander around the Science Centre of Iowa, with its planetarium and interactive child-friendly exhibits, or take in the superb collection of 20th century masterpieces at the Des Moines Art Centre - featuring world-famous artists like Hopper, O'Keefe and Johns. June also sees the city stage a fantastic Arts Festival, with a programme of open air performances.

Food is a big part of the town's appeal. That may be because Des Moines is at the heart of one of the world's great farming regions. Visit in July to sample every local delicacy at Taste of Des Moines or dine at eateries serving everything from tacos to hefty burgers.

There are family-friendly attractions as well, such as Adventureland, with its massive swimming pool and vast array of slides, as well as Gray's Lake where families can race pedalos and canoes.

More serious water sports are catered for at sites like Saylorville Lake, which offers exceptional fishing. Other sports can be enjoyed at Sleepy Hollow Park with different seasonal options to experience such as snowboarding and beach volleyball.

Des Moines is also a jumping off point to visit Iowa's most beautiful sights, such as the rolling Loess Hills and the eerie Maquoketa Caves. But with so much to do, you may never want to leave the city.

[h2]When is the best time to visit Des Moines (US, IA)?[/h2]

If you are seeking a cultural holiday, then there is really no bad time to go to Des Moines. For outdoor activities, summer is the best time to visit (between June and September), although there are snow-based activities available as well. A trip in June may balance lower prices with outdoor festivals and good conditions for hiking and boating.

When to fly to Des Moines

If you are seeking a cultural holiday, then there is really no bad time to go to Des Moines. For outdoor activities, summer is the best time to visit (between June and September), although there are snow-based activities available as well. A trip in June may balance lower prices with outdoor festivals and good conditions for hiking and boating.

Getting around Des Moines

Renting a car provides great flexibility (but beware of icy conditions during the winter). The city is known to be quite cycle-friendly as well, and the bus network will let you take your bikes on board, making it possible to access most parts of town without a rental car. Taxis are always available to book, but don't rely on being able to hail them.

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How much do things cost in Des Moines?

Markets
Loaf of white bread
$ 3.36
Large bottle of water
$ 1.56
Bottle of wine
$ 17.71
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 5.45
Transport
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 0.87
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 2.73
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 2.38
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 36.11
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
$ 51.18
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 102.02
Restaurants
Cheap meal
$ 14.99
3 course meal for 2
$ 68.13
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
$ 1.64
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 4.09
How much does an apartment cost in Des Moines?
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 1209
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 2435
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 1506
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 826

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