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Explore the waterfront setting in Des Moines

Enjoy the churches and other features of Des Moines. Renowned for its shopping, restaurants and bird watching, this city welcomes all visitors. Museum of Glass and Pike Place Market are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.


Activities and attractions in Des Moines

Are you searching for attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Des Moines a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Space Needle (16.1 mi / 25.9 km)
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (11.2 mi / 18.1 km)
  • Puyallup Fairgrounds (14.3 mi / 23.1 km)
  • Seattle Great Wheel (15.1 mi / 24.3 km)
  • Riverbend Golf Complex (2.6 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Kent Valley Ice Center (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Des Moines

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Des Moines. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Saltwater State Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Marine View Park (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Van Doren's Landing Park (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Lake Fenwick Park (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Hogan Park (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Angle Lake Park (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Des Moines

The nearest airport is in Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.), located 3.9 mi (6.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Renton, WA (RNT-Renton Municipal), which is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Des Moines?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,177 house rentals around Des Moines. From 403 Houses to 38 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Des Moines is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Des Moines?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Des Moines:

  • Downtown: 336 vacation rentals
  • Central District: 340 vacation rentals
  • Queen Anne: 549 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 756 vacation rentals
  • Capitol Hill: 492 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Des Moines?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Des Moines. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Highline Community College: 1,433 home rentals
  • Saltwater State Park: 1,350 home rentals
  • Marine Science and Technology Center: 1,109 home rentals
  • Des Moines Marina: 1,571 home rentals
  • Safeco Field: 586 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Des Moines listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Des Moines?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 403 Houses in Des Moines. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Des Moines include:

  • Cabins: 38 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 38 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 38 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Des Moines?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 124 vacation homes with pool available in Des Moines.

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