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Destination guide

Head to the lively city of Des Moines

Come and experience Des Moines and its live music, festivals and theater scene. Renowned for its sporting events, restaurants and shopping, this city welcomes all visitors. Local cultural sights include Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Art Center. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Des Moines

Do you want to find attractions to visit during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Des Moines a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Iowa State Fairgrounds (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Blank Park Zoo (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • Adventureland (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • The Wallace Centers of Iowa: Wallace House (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Sky Glider East (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Grand View Golf Course (3.6 mi / 5.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Des Moines

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Des Moines is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Pappajohn Sculpture Park (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Gray’s Lake Park (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Walnut Woods State Park (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Des Moines

Fly into Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.1 mi (6.7 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Des Moines, IA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 113 vacation rentals around Des Moines. From 42 house rentals to 59 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Des Moines?

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

  • Des Moines Public Library: 108 vacation rentals
  • 801 Grand: 108 vacation rentals
  • Drake University: 108 vacation rentals
  • Wells Fargo Arena: 108 vacation rentals
  • Iowa Events Center: 108 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Des Moines listed on Vrbo 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. Vrbo has 42 Houses in Des Moines. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Des Moines include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 59 rentals available
  • Cabins: 4 rentals available
  • Cottages: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios 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 22 vacation rentals with pool available in Des Moines. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.