4 days in Des Moines & Ames Itinerary

4 days in Des Moines & Ames Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 2 nights
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Ames
— 1 night
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Des Moines

— 2 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Let the collections at Des Moines Art Center and World Food Prize Hall of Laureates capture your imagination. Attractions like Capitol Building and East Village make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Adventureland, get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, contemplate the long history of Salisbury House, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines trip maker site.

Onawa to Des Moines is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ames.

Things to do in Des Moines

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ames

— 1 night
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. On the 18th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens and then deepen your understanding at Iowa State University.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Ames attractions tool.

You can drive from Des Moines to Ames in an hour. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ames, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ames

Parks