About Des Moines
With a population of just over 500,000, Des Moines is able to compete with the Midwest’s bigger cities in terms of culture, dining and entertainment but it doesn’t sacrifice any of the charm and familiarity of Iowa’s delightful small towns. The city supports dozens of museums and performing arts venues, a fabulous diversity of restaurants and hotels, and parks and trails of all kinds to ensure than any visitor here won’t be hard pressed for things to do. Visit Hopper and Matisse at the Des Moines Art Center, take a trip back in time at the State Historical Society of Iowa, visit more than 15,000 exotic plants at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, try your luck at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, visit the beautiful Iowa State Capitol with its golden dome, or simply take a stroll along the Des Moines River. With more than 400 restaurants, 8 professional sports teams, 76 city parks, 45 miles of trails and three city golf courses, there’s always something to do in Iowa’s largest city.