Iowa State Capitol Building is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

1. Iowa State Capitol Building

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Capitol Building · East Village · 1007 E Grand Ave (at E 9th), Des Moines, IA

Kerri S.Kerri Sorrell: One of the most beautiful capitols in the nation. Free tours include a 275 ft trip up in the dome and a breathtaking Law Library. Make sure to talk a walk around the gardens and monuments on the hill.

Iowa State Fairgrounds is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

2. Iowa State Fairgrounds

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Fair · 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: Check out the Iowa Craft Beer Tent at the Iowa State Fair where you can try all kinds of beer crafted in Iowa. Read more.

Pappajohn Sculpture Park is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

3. Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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Sculpture Garden · Downtown Des Moines · 1330 Grand Avenue (13th Street & Grand Avenue), Des Moines, IA

Jon M.Jon McDonald: Nomade steals the show, but there's plenty to see and enjoy in this beauty mark on the face of Des Moines. Go at night to see the pieces in a whole new light.

Downtown Des Moines Skywalk is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

4. Downtown Des Moines Skywalk

Building · Downtown Des Moines · Downtown, Des Moines, IA

Chris S.Chris Snider: Who cares if it's -10 degrees outside. Downtown Des Moines buildings are connected by a series of tubes that allow you to walk from parking garage to work without ever having to face the elements.

Jordan Creek Town Center is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

5. Jordan Creek Town Center

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Mall · 101 Jordan Creek Pkwy (at Bridgewood Blvd.), West Des Moines, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: During the Drake Relays watch pole vaulting inside the Jordan Creek Mall.

Principal Park is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

6. Principal Park

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Baseball Stadium · Downtown Des Moines · 1 Line Dr, Des Moines, IA

Cori C.Cori Clark: Enjoy a bratwurst and a beer during a game at Principal Park while you watch a team of future sluggers. No one said a Minor League game had to be minor in fun.

Drake Stadium is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

7. Drake Stadium

College Stadium · Drake · Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Jaimie D.Jaimie Duffek: A celebrated tradition by Drake students, alumni and the Iowa community, the Drake Relays is an annual track and field event. It's become one of the largest/most important meets in the U.S.

People's Court is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

8. People's Court

Bar · 216 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA

Kerri S.Kerri Sorrell: The place to catch familiar & arriving bands. Offers an intimate feel - it's not uncommon for bands to walk through the crowd or hang out with fans after shows. Tickets generally about $20. All ages.

Prairie Meadows is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

9. Prairie Meadows

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Casino · 1 Prairie Meadows Dr (at Adventureland Dr), Altoona, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: Hear the hooves pounding and feel your heart race while watching thoroughbred and quarter horses cross the finish line. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor atmosphere while enjoying some delicious food.

Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

10. Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market

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Farmers Market · Court Avenue · 400 E Court Ave (btw 5th & 1st St), Des Moines, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: The Farmers' Market is an open-air street market in located in downtown's Historic Court District. The Market spans nine city blocks and boasts food, beverage and much more from over 200 vendors.

11. Historic Valley Junction

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Neighborhood · West Des Moines, IA

Mary Kate W.Mary Kate Wachtel: Take a trip back in time and try on some funky vintage outfits at Atomic Garage, then head over to Nan’s Nummies, an old-fashioned soda fountain and candy shop.

Des Moines Art Center is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

12. Des Moines Art Center

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Art Museum · 4700 Grand Ave (at Polk Blvd.), Des Moines, IA

Romelle S.Romelle Slaughter: There is always something to do here at the Art Center. You can view the art, take art classes, have lunch, or plan a wedding in the main lobby or out in Greenwood Park.

Gray's Lake Park is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

13. Gray's Lake Park

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Park · Greater South Side · 2101 Fleur Dr (Kruidenier Trail), Des Moines, IA

Seejo V.Seejo V: Run, skate, yoga, they are countless things to do. Rent a paddle boat and take part in the moon float during the full moon, and take sailing lessons on a 16ft boat

Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

14. Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center

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Theater · Downtown Des Moines · 221 Walnut St (at 2nd Ave), Des Moines, IA

John P.John Pemble: I am often here for work and never have a bad experience. Enjoy their staff, the performances, and connecting with other people in the arts here.

Brenton Skating Plaza is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

15. Brenton Skating Plaza

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Skating Rink · East Village · 520 Robert D Ray Dr (at E Grand Ave), Des Moines, IA

Jon M.Jon McDonald: A great winter activity. Reasonable prices right along the river. Bring a camera, but don't fall and break it! Also a great people-watching locale.

RAYGUN is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

16. RAYGUN

Clothing Store · East Village · 400 E Locust St (at E 4th St), Des Moines, IA

Audrey S.Audrey S: Make sure you never forget your stint in Iowa with a 'Des Moines, hell yes!' t-shirt, or another Iowa themed shirt at this quirky East Village shop.

BHG Test Kitchens is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

17. BHG Test Kitchens

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Garden · Downtown Des Moines · 1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Joe S.Joe Stych: This is where Meredith publications like Better Homes and Gardens shoot their flowery photography. The space is open to the public every Friday, May through September, from noon to 2 p.m.

Gateway Market & Cafe is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

18. Gateway Market & Cafe

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Grocery Store · Sherman Hill · 2002 Woodland Ave (at MLK Pkwy), Des Moines, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: Local to the Des Moines area and unlike any other grocery store in Des Moines. They carry locally grown, fresh produce, a wide variety of fine cheeses and wines and groceries from around the world.

Jasper Winery is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

19. Jasper Winery

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Wine Shop · 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA

Cecily M.Cecily Miniaci: Instead of taking a long trip to a winery in the middle of nowhere, visit Jasper Winery in the heart of Des Moines. They offer premium quality wines and are open 7 days a week.

Woody's Smoke Shack is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

20. Woody's Smoke Shack

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BBQ Joint · Drake · 2511 Cottage Grove Ave (btw 25th & 26th St), Des Moines, IA

Becca M.Becca Mataloni: In 2009, Woody's was voted "Best of the Best Barbeque Restaurants in America." It is also home to the best (free) cornbread in Iowa. Just add a little honey and it tastes even better!

A Dong Restaurant is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

21. A Dong Restaurant

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Vietnamese Restaurant · Sherman Hill · 1511 High St, Des Moines, IA

Laura W.Laura Wittren: A Dong dishes are made with fresh ingredients grown right outside the restaurant, and the menu (featuring over 100 dishes) hasn't changed since the restaurant opened. The owner is also the head chef.

Jethro's BBQ is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

22. Jethro's BBQ

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BBQ Joint · Drake · 3102 Forest Ave (at 31st St), Des Moines, IA

Jaimie D.Jaimie Duffek: Stop by for the best BBQ in town. Jethro's was featured on the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" in Oct. of 2010. Host, Adam Richman, took the famous "Adam Emmenecker Challenge".

Blue Moon Piano Bar is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

23. Blue Moon Piano Bar

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Piano Bar · 5485 Mills Civic Pkwy (West Glen Town Center), West Des Moines, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: Famous for bringing piano players from all over the country, this exciting and energetic show will have you laughing and dancing all the way through. Be sure to try the fishbowl and chicken ranch wrap

Centro is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

24. Centro

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Italian Restaurant · Downtown Des Moines · 1011 Locust St (at 10th St.), Des Moines, IA

Sarah C.Sarah C: Adored by locals and famous visitors, Centro has been #1 on MetroMix's list of best restaurants in Des Moines. Start any delicious Italian dish with their deliciously unique Fried Ravioli.

Gong Fu Tea is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

25. Gong Fu Tea

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Tea Room · East Village · 414 E 6th St (btw Grand & Locust), Des Moines, IA

Cecily M.Cecily Miniaci: Enjoy an extensive list of premium teas and break away from coffee in an eclectic and relaxing environment.

Java Joes Coffee House is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

26. Java Joes Coffee House

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Coffee Shop · Downtown · 214 4th St, Des Moines, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: In addition to coffee, Java Joes also has a breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream, smoothies, beer, wine, tea, hot chocolate, and more. They offer vegetarian options and host local entertainment.

Mars Cafe is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

27. Mars Cafe

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Coffee Shop · 2318 University Ave (btwn 23rd & 24th St.), Des Moines, IA

Jon M.Jon McDonald: Look beyond the Starbucks on campus for an original coffee experience. A great atmosphere and varied menu make this the "must" of near-campus businesses.

Hessen Haus is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

28. Hessen Haus

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German Restaurant · 101 4th St (at Vine St.), Des Moines, IA

Zachary B.Zachary Bales-Henry: Probably 1 of the best bars in Des Moines. If you're looking to chill this is the place to be. Good people and great people. I would recommend this bar to any1. By the way, make sure you try the boot.

La Mie Bakery & Restaurant is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

29. La Mie Bakery & Restaurant

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Café · Drake · 841 42nd St (at Rollins Ave.), Des Moines, IA

Emily L.Emily Lee: Stop into La Mie for a taste of France. Here you can get artisian breads and pastries made daily on-site. Pair the almond croissant with a cup of coffee.

El Bait Shop is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

30. El Bait Shop

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Bar · Downtown Des Moines · 200 SW 2nd St (at Market St), Des Moines, IA

Juice MagazineJuice Magazine: With 105 beers on tap and 155 in cans and bottles, el Bait Shop is the undisputed king of beer bars. See their top 10 selling beers: http://dmreg.com/yGt6jC Read more.

Snookies Malt Shop is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

31. Snookies Malt Shop

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Ice Cream Shop · Beaverdale · 1810 Beaver Ave (at Franklin Ave.), Des Moines, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: They have ice cream cones just for dogs. Need I say more? OK, this is the place to be seen on a warm summer night in the Beaverdale neighborhood. And the ice cream ain't bad either.

Fleur Cinema & Café is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

32. Fleur Cinema & Café

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Movie Theater · Watrous South · 4545 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA

Cecily M.Cecily Miniaci: Enjoy a movie and cafe item in a unique cinema atmosphere. Offers an experience that you can't find at any mainstream theater.

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

33. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

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Burger Joint · East Village · 300 E Grand Ave (at E 4th St), Des Moines, IA

Joe S.Joe Stych: Zombies feast on more than just brains. Limp on over to this unconventional eatery, where you can sample a long list of gourmet burgers and visit the drink lab. Just watch your head.

Gusto Pizza Co. is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

34. Gusto Pizza Co.

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Pizza Place · Sherman Hill · 1905 Ingersoll Ave (at MLK Pkwy), Des Moines, IA

Hilary H.Hilary Henak: Bringing together local Iowa beer and brilliant pizza, Gusto Pizza Co. is the place to go.

Miyabi 9 is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

35. Miyabi 9

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Sushi Restaurant · East Village · 512 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

Jon M.Jon McDonald: This is the birthplace of DSM sushi. Learn the story of how it came to be from the lady in the antique store nearby.

Living History Farms is one of #visitUS in Des Moines, IA..

36. Living History Farms

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History Museum · 11121 Hickman Rd (Hickman Ave), Urbandale, IA

Chris S.Chris Snider: The LHF Off Road Race in November lets you "wade through creeks, dodge farm animals and claw your way to the top of gullies with 7500 (limit) other runners of questionable senses."