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Why Fly to Des Moines?
Often overlooked among Midwestern vacation destinations, Des Moines is a fantastic spot full of arts, culture, sports and history. The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country, topped with a gold-leafed dome towering above Des Moines. No matter the time of year, there's always an event to hold your interest, whether it's the Iowa Jazz Championships, the Des Moines Arts Festival or the Iowa State Fair, one of the oldest in the country. It’s easy to find cheap flights to Des Moines, giving you even greater incentive to get to know Des Moines for the first time or go back for your long-awaited return visit.
Which Airlines Fly to Des Moines?
Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is just a short 10-minute drive from the city's downtown and cheap Des Moines hotels. It is a relatively small airport served by a handful of airlines, but this list includes many major national carriers like American, Continental, Delta, United and US Airways. Discount airlines like AirTran, Allegiant and Air Frontier Airlines serve Des Moines with low priced fares. You can find cheap nonstop flights to Des Moines from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and Washington, D.C. If you travel to Des Moines from someplace outside of the Midwest or the South, you'll probably have to connect.
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Starting in May 2011, United and Continental will over service to Des Moines from Newark.
Quick Travel Guide to Des Moines
No matter the reason for your travel to Des Moines, budget some time to visit the Iowa State Capitol. There, you'll find the old Supreme Court Chambers, a scale model of the USS Iowa and a collection of First Lady dolls. The grounds include a World War II memorial, and the The West Capitol Terrace provides one of the prettiest views in Des Moines.
At Des Moines' Blank Park Zoo, you can ride a camel, feed a giraffe, talk with a lion trainer, see the sea lions and interact with parakeets. Depending on the day, there could be cheap deals and discounts.
Use your night to take in Des Moines' rich cultural arts. Touring Broadway shows routinely make a stop at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. To see local performers, check out the Des Moines Metro Opera, Ballet Des Moines or The Des Moines Symphony, all of which have received national praise.
If you like festivals and fairs, there's no shortage of options in Des Moines. For a slice of Midwestern life, check out the Iowa State Fair in August, which usually includes a cow sculpted out of butter. Capital City Parade is Des Moines' annual LGBT pride event, which has received a boost in recent years after Iowa became the only state in the Midwest to offer same-sex marriage.