About Des Moines International Airport
Des Moines International Airport serves the Midwest with 19 connections to major hubs around the U.S. Located 3 miles southwest of Des Moines, in Polk County, DSM has eight airlines to choose from, including Southwest, United, American Airlines, Allegiant, US Airways, Frontier, Charters and Delta. The airport handles about 2 million passengers each year and ranks in the top 100 most active commercial airports in the U.S. There are two concourses, A and C, that branch off the main terminal building. Throughout the building, passengers can enjoy 45 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi provided through Boingo Wireless. Fun fact: The airport is also home to the Iowa Air National Guard.
After landing in this Iowa capital, drop your bags off at a hotel near Des Moines Airport. There are nearly 60 hotels in the area so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one that suits your needs. A customer preferred hotel, Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport offers business services, health and fitness centers and activities for children. Besides, it's close to all the action in the city. Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown Mercy is known for its fantastic location for both business travelers and leisure vacationers, both of whom love the indoor pool and free parking.
Welcome to Des Moines
As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines is the centerpiece of business activity, government work and cultural draws. The metro, with a population of nearly 570,000, shows off its fair share of awards. Des Moines was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as "Best Place for Business and Careers" and No. 1 for "Best City to Live and Work" by Kiplinger's Finance. What's more, Fortune magazine named Des Moines one of the top "up-and-coming" downtowns. Business travelers will find a number of national corporations situated in this financial services hub, from Wells Fargo to Marsh to Principal Financial. High tech firms have also been migrating to the heartland, as Microsoft is investing a $1.1 billion new data center, and Facebook has four data centers in the area.
When visiting Des Moines, be prepared for the weather. Visitors can expect averages temperatures of 47 degrees Fahrenheit in the spring, 75 degrees in the summer, 50 in the fall and 23 in the snowy winter. To get around, you can opt for a Des Moines rental car, explore on foot or take advantage of DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority), which has a fleet of 90 buses that make trips to shopping malls and major business districts.
Things to Do in Des Moines
Between the stunning capitol, Iowa State Fair and top-notch museums, visitors will have no shortage of attractions in Des Moines. Take a free self-guided or formal tour The State Capitol Building, a three-story, castle-like structure set atop a hill that offers panoramic views of downtown. Only a 10-minute walk from the capitol lies the State of Iowa Historical Museum, which has free admission and family-friendly activities. Art lovers will drool over the Des Moines Art Center and gardeners will delight in the blooms at the Botanical Center and the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden.
Be sure to take advantage of Iowa State Fair, a must-see for family travel groups. The internationally acclaimed fair is the single largest event in the state and one of the oldest industrial expositions in the country, attracting more than 1 million people each year from all around the globe. No matter the season, you can also check out a Broadway-caliber performance at the Civic Center. If golfing is the name of the game, tee times are offered in the warmer months at the area's fine championship courses such as Waveland Golf Course and Bright Grandview.