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Des Moines, the capital of the State of Iowa, is a renowned family-friendly vacation destination in the United States offering great outdoor activities, fantastic shopping options, captivating historic buildings and exceptional food. The city is ready to delight you with its vibrant cultural landscape with its botanical gardens, sculpture parks, and a flourishing dining and shopping district.

If you are looking forward to enjoying a great time with your family and friends then just go ahead and book cheap flights to Des Moines from FlyOfinder at great discounts now. Get a taste of the American Heartland with discounted Des Moines flights like never before!

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Top Attractions in Des Moines

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park: The 4.4-acre John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is centrally located within Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines. This wonderfully landscaped space prominently features more than 20 works of sculptured art on display since 2009. The surrounding Gateway Park and Sculpture Garden are great places for tourists and families during any time of year.

East Village: The residential and commercial neighborhood of East Village situated east of the Des Moines River has grown into a prominent cultural hub. You will find unique eateries such as Tacopocalypse, where you will find one of the best burritos in Iowa. There are many specialty shops and galleries for you to explore.

Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens: The 1.4-acre Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens located on the east bank of the Des Moines River is a uniquely landscaped outdoor space featuring a captivating Asian pavilion atop a cascading stream and decorative garden. You will be delighted to see sculptural rock formations and stone pagodas.

Des Moines offers a vibrant cultural landscape with botanical gardens, sculpture parks, and a flourishing dining and shopping district. Some of the popular attractions not-to-be-missed during your Des Moines vacation include State Capitol, State Historical Museum, Science Center of Iowa, Blank Park Zoo, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Principal Park, Salisbury House & Gardens, Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines Art Center and Water Works Park.

Airlines flying to Des Moines

American Airlines: Top routes served by American Airlines from Des Moines include Philadelphia (PHL), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), Charlotte (CLT) and Dallas (DFW) 
United Airlines: Top routes served by United Airlines from Des Moines include Denver (DEN), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Phoenix (PHX) and Cancun (CUN)
Delta Air Lines: Top routes served by Delta Air Lines from Des Moines include Atlanta (ATL), New York (JFK), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis (MSP) and Los Angeles (LAX)
Allegiant Air: Top routes served by Allegiant Air from Des Moines include Phoenix (PHX), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Punta Gorda (PGD) and Daytona Beach (SFB)
Frontier Airlines: Top routes served by Frontier Airlines from Des Moines include Denver (DEN), Phoenix (PHX), Orlando (MCO), Los Angeles (LAX) and Las Vegas (LAS)
Southwest Airlines: Top routes served by Southwest Airlines from Des Moines include Orlando (MCO), Denver (DEN), Las Vegas (LAS), Phoenix (PHX) and St. Louis (STL)

Best Time to Fly to Des Moines

Des Moines is a great place for a cultural vacation. The summer months from June to September are the best time to visit the city for outdoor activities. You can also look forward to snow-based activities during the winter. Tourists mostly prefer enjoying vacation in Des Moines in June because of many festivals, and boating and hiking options.

Getting Around in Des Moines

Des Moines is a cycle-friendly city where the bus network allows taking bikes on board, making navigation easier around the city without a rental car. Other options for getting around in Des Moines include taxis and rental cars. You however need to take care of your city transportation during winter due to icy conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Des Moines usually depend on the origin airport you are flying from. Flying from Denver will take you around 2 hours to reach, while flights from New York and Phoenix will be of about 3 hours 15 minutes.

The furthest destinations to fly from Des Moines are Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

The shortest non stop flight destinations from Des Moines are Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis, all of which are within 60 miles of Des Moines.

Des Moines International Airport is located at a distance of four (4) miles from central Des Moines.

It’s recommended to book at least 60 days before your scheduled departure date in order to make Des Moines flights cheaper.

The cheapest airlines available from Des Moines are Frontier Airlines, Allegiant Air, and Spirit Airlines, while the cheapest routes flown by these airlines from Des Moines include Seattle, Albuquerque and Dallas.

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