Des Moines Bucket List


Your bucket list may contain worldwide locations and extreme activities. We present a local Des Moines bucket list to add to your adventures. The city has a unique history and its full of photo-worthy landmarks. You can discover top local eats, expertly created cocktails as well as a long list of craft breweries. Check off our list suggestions and add some of your own. Share using #DiscoverDesMoines.


Start adding to your list with our Free Guides. Begin with an epic brew from our Top Coffee Shops guide. The Top Museums guide includes the important State Historical Museum and the beautiful Des Moines Art Museum plus the Fort Des Moines Museum. Gather some instagram moments visiting our Top Sights to See guide. Visit the Iowa State Capitol with a real gold dome, the historic Living History Farms and the beautiful Des Moines Botanical Garden. Add some delicious stops to your list with local eats from our Top Pizza Shops and brews at our Top Tap Beer Bars. Des Moines is known for the Pork Tenderloin sandwich so taste some of the original best using our Top 6 Pork Tenderloins guide.

Self-guided tours let you discover the city with a tour on your schedule. Your adventure can include a city landmarks tour which you can do in a car, on a bike or on foot. Walk through the present and learn the past on these locally crafted tours of the city. These tours share the historic buildings, artistic views plus landmark districts and mansions.

Get to know the lively and historic districts in Des Moines during our expertly guided Walking Tours sharing the local stories that many residents don’t even know. Take each district tour to check them off your list. Start with the East Village history tour to hear the stories of the beginning of our city and how it helped Des Moines become a world insurance leader. Experience top chef eats and craft cocktails during our East Village food tour. Then, learn the sordid stories that transformed our city to today’s vibrant lifestyle during our True Crime Stories tour.

There is so much to learn, discover and experience in Des Moines. Set up your calendar with all these activities, tours plus food and drink over the next year. DM us and let us know how we can help you check off everything on your local bucket list in Des Moines, Iowa.

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