By Monica A. Langin
Des Moines
Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa is the state’s capitol and most populous city. The city began its history on September 22, 1851 as Fort Des Moines, which was named after the Des Moines River whose name was based on the French phrase des Moines or ‘the monks’. In present day, the capitol city is a cultural hub that celebrates diversity and wonderful place to vacation.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to the heart the Midwest. Des Moines can be accessed directly via the Des Moines International Airport (DSM).  Book your flight today to the heart of the Midwest with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please refer to our top selections in the Des Moines Metro Area for assistance with finding accommodations.  Follow this link to book your hotel today: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

When you arrive in Des Moines, there is a long list of sites, activities and nightlife for visitors. For your sightseeing tour, EscapeWizard.com suggests beginning at the State Capitol, where the Iowa General Assembly, governor's office, former chamber of the Supreme Court, chambers of the Iowa Senate and Iowa House of Representatives, committee rooms, and state law library are located. The capitol building is the only five-domed state capitol building in the U.S. and the main dome is gilded in thin sheets of pure 23-karat gold. 

The capitol grounds provide additional historical monuments commemorating Iowa's military involvement in the Civil War, and the Korean War, and the importance of the Lewis and Clark expedition in Iowa's history. Since Iowa’s most important industry is farming, visitors can learn about farming’s history by visiting the Living History Farms.

But the sites do not end there; the city is filled with museums of all sorts and EscapeWizard.com encourages visitors to frequent such locations as Terrace Hill (Governor’s mansion), the Iowa State Historical Building and many more. Des Moines is also home to the Pappajohn Scuplture Park. Located on 4.4 acres in the downtown Western Gateway, this park displays 24 sculptures worth a combined $40 million, and features such artists as Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Sol Lewitt, and Jaume Plensa.

Outside the city there are even more options, which EscapeWizard.com recommends that all visitors make sure to plan into the vacation. The Bob Feller Museum in Dexter, IA, the John Wayne Birthplace museum in Winterset, IA, and the Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield, IA.

Des Moines is also an ideal location for nightlife. Near the capitol building, visitors can find Des Moines’ historic East Village which offers many restaurants, pubs, as well as art and music venues.  And just minutes away on the west side of the river, visitors can dine and be entertained at the many homegrown restaurants, breweries, and live music venues. Please follow the link: www.desmoinesregister.com/section/ENT/Entertainment, to a guide of Des Moines nightlife. And for daytime entertainment, visit the Des Moines Art Center, the Science Center of Des Moines, catch an I-Cubs (Chicago Cubs farm team) baseball game in the summer, and opt for a Des Moines Buccaneers hockey game or Iowa Energy basketball game in the fall/winter.

Overall, EscapeWizard.com can promise you that Des Moines is ideal for all aspects of life.  Most sites are easily accessible by foot, city buses, or taxi.  Des Moines has a bit of everything to make your trip memorable and worth over penny.  Just click the link above and book your next vacation to the heart of the Midwest with EscapeWizard.com.

Hotels in Des Moines
By D. Gregory Perrin
Holiday Inn
1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA
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During your next trip to Des Moines, Iowa, pick the Holiday Inn on 6th Street as your hotel of choice while vacationing in the city.  The bilingual staff can accommodate guests speaking English or Spanish.  They will greet you upon arrival and make sure your stay is as pleasant as possible.  Guests can check-in to the hotel at 3 p.m. or after on the day they arrive in Des Moines. There is a porter at the door that will assist with luggage and bring it to your room.  If guests are in need of cash, there is an ATM in the lobby of the hotel.

The Holiday Inn’s 251 rooms with 2 suites offer guests plenty of room to relax and enjoy their vacation. The hotel gives guests an option of 1 king size bed or 2 double size beds to best fit their needs.  If there is an extra guest in your party and you need additional bedding, the hotel offers rollaway beds for only ten additional dollars per night.   Guests who are traveling with their newborn can request a crib to be placed in their room.  Also, all rooms are non-smoking in the hotel.

Each room has a 27’ television that has all the prime channels of a normal cable package.  The hotel also offers pay per view movies for guests who enjoy a good movie during their stay in the city. There is high speed internet in each room so guests can check their e-mail or surf the internet to look for nearby attractions.  The air conditioning unit is controlled by the guests so the room will be just the temperature needed to make visitors comfortable.

The Holiday Inn also offers a fitness center with numerous machines so guests do not have to miss their workout during their travels in Des Moines.  There is an indoor pool that guests can use to relax in or swim laps for exercise. Genevieve's Restaurant is on the lobby level of the hotel and is open all 3 meals of the day.  Kids under 12 years of age eat free at Genevieve's for all guests of the hotel.

The Holiday Inn on 6th Street in Des Moines is an excellent hotel with premier amenities.  The friendly staff and low prices make this hotel a great choice for anyone traveling in Des Moines, Iowa. Here at EscapeWizard.com, we know you will not be disappointed, just click on this link to book today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Des Moines
By D. Gregory Perrin
Staybridge Suites
6905 Lake Drive, West Des Moines, IA
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The Staybridge Suites in Wes Des Moines is an excellent choice for any travel travelers who will have an extended stay in the city.  The hotel is set up with all suites to ensure guests a top of the line set up during their stay in the city.

Each suite is set up in either a bedding arrangement of 1 king, 1 queen, or 2 queen size beds.  All rooms of the hotel have a let-out sofa that can sleep additional guests if there is a group of people in your party.  There is a color television with complimentary HBO.  The rooms have high speed internet service which can be utilized on the desk in each room that is separate from the bedding area or lounge in your bed and surf the web on your laptop. Also, some rooms have a fireplace which is the perfect amenity for a romantic evening. There is also a kitchen in each room with a stove, microwave, and cook set for four people.

There are several outstanding amenities in the hotel.  There is a heated, indoor pool for guests to swim in as well as a spa in the hotel.  There is a library for visitors to check-out games and books.  The Staybridge Suites has an in-house fitness center with several machines so guests can maintain their fitness workout while on vacation.  Also, for small food items, beverages and other needs there is a convenience store in the hotel.

Meals in the hotel are a breeze starting with the complimentary breakfast or guests can get a to-go bag to take the meal with them.  The hotel also has several well named restaurants in the immediate area. Beyond that, every evening, there is a social hour that includes complimentary beer, wine and a small meal for guests.

Staybridge Suites is the perfect hotel for any traveler that will be in the Des Moines area for an extended visit.  Its wide range of amenities and services put it above many other hotels in the region. To book your room with this hotel through EscapeWizard.com follow this link and its only a few clicks away (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Des Moines
By Jessica Howell
Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
1800 50th Street, Des Moines, IA
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Offering guests everything from a free shuttle service to ultra comfortable bedding, the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel is practical, comfortable and convenient.  If you are traveling to Des Moines, Iowa, EscapeWizard.com recommends booking your stay at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel.

Guests can begin checking into the hotel at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon. Whether you are in town on business or pleasure, the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel has unique features to help you stay productive and enjoy your time in Des Moines.  The Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft - offering guests free Wi-Fi in a cozy spot, as well as PC stations and printing - is the perfect place to get your work down or just ay connected with loved ones. 

No matter the nature of your visit, all guests alike will revel in the serenity of the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed.  Exquisitely outfitted with all-white linens and bedding, you will think you were sleeping on a cloud of comfort. Enjoy cable channels on a 27’ television or pamper yourself with signature Shine by Sheraton Bath products.  If you need to stay productive, there is a spacious work desk, telephone with free local calls in every room.  You may also gain access to wireless high speed internet in the comfort of your private guest room for an additional daily fee.

At the end of a long day in Des Moines, guests can all meet back at the refurbished Waterfall Grill Restaurant and Lounge for a delicious meal and lively banter.  The Waterfall Grill serves up American classics in a laid-back atmosphere and is open for lunch and dinner.  Or start your day off right with a hearty breakfast at the hotel’s own Park Place Restaurant.

With so many superior amenities and convenient features, the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel is surely one of the best hotels in Des Moines.  Take the recommendation from EscapeWizard.com and book your stay at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel today.  Click on the following link to book your accommodations:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).