Des Moines for a Weekend

Old Mar 29th, 2019, 01:02 PM
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Des Moines for a Weekend

We are going to be in Des Moines for a wedding in early April. While there will be some wedding-related events, we'll have some free time Friday during the day and evening and also Saturday morning/early afternoon. I really would love some suggestions for what to see, what to do, where to eat (especially a good breakfast place) and where to have a good drink.

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Old Mar 30th, 2019, 07:23 AM
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We really enjoyed Django for dinner and drinks. They do brunch as well.
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The state capitol is gorgeous, one of the best in the country and well worth seeing.

The nearby Iowa State History Museum is very good as well.

I found the collection of the Des Moines Art Center kind of underwhelming, but it is free, at least.

Here’s a link with other ideas. Note that you’re far too early for the Iowa State Fair, though:

https://www.planetware.com/tourist-a...-us-ia-des.htm

I did enjoy Jethro’s BBQ. It’s not the equal of the best Kansas City or Memphis spots, but it’s plenty good enough.
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Thank you for your suggestions - some great ideas!
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The signature dish of Iowa/Des Moines is the pork tenderloin sandwich.
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