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This destination is populated by about 200,000 locals.
If you're travelling with the entire family, trips to Adventureland and the Iowa State Fairgrounds will no doubt be a winner. If you're up for a bit more excitement, the Living History Farms and Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park are a couple of other options.
Get up close to some awe-inspiring animals and learn about the environment with a family day out at the Blank Park Zoo.
Fond of your wine? Then take a trip to the Summerset Winery and the Penoach Winery, where you can get an insight into local winemaking techniques and indulge in a drop or two.
Seeking high-stakes action and a lively atmosphere? Look no further than the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino! It's the ideal place to begin a wild night out!
Des Moines has some vibrant, green spaces where you can go to see a whole range of plants. The Des Moines Botanical Center and the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden are the must-visits.
Kick off your shoes and feel the cool grass under your feet at an urban oasis like Saylorville Lake or Big Creek State Park. Alternatively, spend the day outside at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park or John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
If you're keen for some peace and quiet, find a spot by the water and bask in the superb surrounds of Lake Ahquabi State Park.
Are you looking for the path to happiness? Then spend time in nature. Pammel Park is a wonderful spot where you can revive your senses and give your mind some well-deserved downtime.
Try out the Science Center of Iowa or the Des Moines Art Center if the weather's not looking nice. Study the eye-opening displays or just take a break in the calm surroundings. Can't get enough? Also head to the John Wayne Birthplace Museum and the State Historical Society of Iowa Museum.
Spend a few hours admiring the interesting collection of works on display at the Ankeny Art Center. If something catches your eye, see if you can learn more about the creator.
Step back in time and discover the fascinating backstory of this city and the wider region at the Fort Des Moines Museum and the Iowa Hall of Pride.
Want to gain a deeper understanding of Des Moines' history? Then don't miss Salisbury House and Iowa State Capitol Building. If you're still looking for more, Terrace Hill and the Bob Feller Museum should also be on your must-see list.
Walnut Street Bridge and Roseman Bridge have stretched across the city's waters for what seems like forever, so the least you can do in return is pay them a brief visit. Holliwell Bridge and Hogback Bridge have also been awaiting your arrival for a long time.
Provide your body with some spiritual nourishment by paying a visit to the Temple for Performing Arts, a key piece of Des Moines' religious heritage.
They're unlikely to be on the front page of your guidebook, but the Des Moines Public Library and the Des Moines Civic Center are still well worth dropping by. You shouldn't forget to swing by Cedar Bridge and Sleepy Hollow Sports Park either.