Des Moines City History Tour

Historical highlights tour

$75 per person; group of 4

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  • 2 hours; approximately 


  • Professional local guide

  • Quality Transportation

  • Access to historic photos


  • Gratuities for your guide and driver

  • Hotel or Home pickup or dropoff*


  • Learn the history about the vibrant past of the city of Des Moines in this 2 hour chauffeured historic adventure

  • Travel in comfort in a climate controlled vehicle with our friendly and professional driver

  • Experience personal service by our local professional tour host

  • View historic photos from the past on your mobile device


Discover Des Moines’ important history in Iowa and America with our expert local tour guide. Learn about how Fort Des Moines II was established in 1843 at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers. The city grew in political importance as the state capitol moved to Des Moines in the past and presidential politics in the present. Learn about the importance of the insurance industry in Des Moines and how it grew to worldwide importance. Your friendly knowledgeable host explains our past as you are driven through the present in the Sherman Hill neighborhood, Capitol Grounds, County Courthouse and the original insurance building.

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  • We ask for a minimum of 48 hours advance notice

  • Our standard tour times are Sunday through Saturday. Click Book Now for available times. 

  • Contact us for other available private customized tour times

  • Full payment is required to reserve and confirm your desired tour date

*Hotel or Home pickup and drop off service is available at an additional charge. Please request this service before booking so we can provide the price quote.

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Group of 2 at $100 per person

Group of 4 at $75 per person

Group of 6 at $65 per person

Group of 8 at $65 per person

Group of 10 at $45 per person

Group of 12 at $45 per person

Group of 18 at $35 per person

Group of 20 at $35 per person

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Prices may be higher during busy citywide event days

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