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Des Moines Travel Guide  

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Area:
200 km2
Elevation:
291 m
Overview

Des Moines is the capital of the State of Iowa, USA. It is the county seat for the Polk County.
The city is located on the rolling terrain in south-central Iowa, along the banks of the Des Moines River, the longest in the state.
Des Moines has a humid continental climate, characterised by extreme variation in temperatures. The average annual temperature of the city is approximately 10°C, whereas the mean temperature in January is –7°C and that in July is 25°C. During winter, the city receives more than 30 inches of snow, annually.
Des Moines city has an approximate population of about 194,200, making it the most populated city in the state. Ranked fourth on the list of ‘Best Place for Business and Career’ by the Forbes magazine, Des Moines is a major centre for the insurance industry in the west.

Area code:
0515
Time zone:
UTC+-6
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Overall Guide : Des Moines city displays exquisite architecture, most evident in the Iowa State Capitol building, which has a 23-karat gold leaf-plated main dome. Another site of architectural importance is the Terrace Hill, residence of the Governor of Iowa and the finest... more example of Second Empire Architecture in the country. Visit the Des Moines Botanical Centre, which houses more than 1,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants. The Blank Park Zoo is home to 1,400 animals from 104 species and must be visited for its special attractions like the butterfly garden and the bat cave. Make sure to visit the Downtown Farmers Market, held from May through October, every Saturday morning, famous for fresh fruits and vegetables, home-baked breads and pastries, hand-made clothing and jewellery and specialty cheeses and wines Some of the popular festivals of the city include the Drake Relay’s Downtown Festival and the Des Moines Art Festival.
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Overall Guide : Des Moines has a lot to offer.
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