9 Reasons to Take a Self-Guided Tour of Des Moines


A self-guided tour is a popular way to immerse yourself in the city and they can't be beaten in terms of value, experience and sense of achievement. You'll have everything you need at your fingertips courtesy of detailed trip notes, but with the added freedom to pick and choose what you want to do and when. These tours are a great idea for solo travelers, groups of friend, families or even the experienced traveler. We present 9 reasons that a self-guided tour can be the best choice for you.


Flexibility & freedom

A self-guided tour provides more flexibility to start when you want, for however long you want and with who you want. Customize the tour to spend more time in a destination you discover that you find most interesting.

More affordable

Book great value if you cut out the cost of a guide, but don’t miss out on a thing. Get everything you need so can be your own guide. The Tour Team of travel experts have created and tested the routes and provide the information you need.

At your own pace

No need to worry about being fit enough to keep up with a group or others slowing you down. Take the time to stop and soak up the incredible views, breath in that fresh air and enjoy the beauty of the city.

Pick your travel buddies

For some people, traveling with a group of strangers can be intimidating, but traveling solo can feel just as daunting. A self-guided tour lets you pick your own travel buddies whether it’s old friends or maybe new friends you met at lunch.

Sense of Achievement

Realize a sense of pride you’ll feel from completing a walk or cycle as you check off an item on your bucket list. A self-guided tour is an adventure that you accomplish.

Unique Memories

When you’re not lost in a group you can really get to know the area, interact with locals and enjoy authentic experiences. Create your own memories, immerse in the local culture, taste unique dishes and learn something new.

Save time on research

Most people love to travel, but not everyone loves planning their own vacation: places to eat, things to do, it can all be a little tiresome. Which is why self-guided tours are a great option. On a self-guided vacation, you get tour operator tips courtesy of their excellent trip notes, and also the opportunity to spend the day however you want.

Follow expert advice

On a self-guided tour, you have the luxury of an expertly crafted itinerary based on years of experience and knowledge of a destination, which will help you make the most of your time and ensure you can travel worry-free. Because of course, the other thing you have at hand is expert support.

Choose your transportation

You have options when you want to take a self-guided tour. There are options for driving, biking, walking or maybe even take a scooter. Decide how much time you have and how in depth you want to discover the city.


How do you start your Self Guided Tour of Des Moines?

Visit our Self Guided Tour page and select how you want to discover the city. We offer Landmark tours and an Art Tour to get to know the city’s past and present for only $9. We even included Snack Stops to sample local eats along the way. Once you book your tour you decide when you want to start. Then, we will send you the link to get started. Follow the step-by-step directions on your mobile device as you discover the sights of our city. We give you daily support if you have questions or need special directions.


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