Destination guide

Explore the waterfront setting in Des Moines

Enjoy the churches and other features of Des Moines. Renowned for its shopping, restaurants and bird watching, this city welcomes all visitors. Museum of Glass and Pike Place Market are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.


Activities and attractions in Des Moines

Are you searching for attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Des Moines a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Space Needle (16.1 mi / 25.9 km)
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (11.2 mi / 18.1 km)
  • Puyallup Fairgrounds (14.3 mi / 23.1 km)
  • Seattle Great Wheel (15.1 mi / 24.3 km)
  • Riverbend Golf Complex (2.6 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Kent Valley Ice Center (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Des Moines

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Des Moines. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Saltwater State Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Marine View Park (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Van Doren's Landing Park (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Lake Fenwick Park (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Hogan Park (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Angle Lake Park (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)

Transportation to and around Des Moines

The nearest airport is in Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.), located 3.9 mi (6.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Renton, WA (RNT-Renton Municipal), which is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Des Moines?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,605 holiday lettings near Des Moines. From 484 Houses to 59 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Des Moines is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Des Moines?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Des Moines:

  • New Tacoma: 58 holiday homes
  • West End: 28 holiday homes
  • South Tacoma: 44 holiday homes
  • Inglewood-Finn Hill: 23 holiday homes
  • Bridle Trails: 15 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Des Moines?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Des Moines. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Highline Community College: 1,986 holiday lettings
  • Des Moines Marina: 2,171 holiday lettings
  • University of Washington: 1,367 holiday lettings
  • Jefferson Park Golf Course: 2,339 holiday lettings
  • Seattle Pacific University: 2,346 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Des Moines listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Des Moines?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 484 Houses in Des Moines. Our other popular types of Des Moines holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 59 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 59 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 59 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Des Moines?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 149 holiday homes with pool available in Des Moines. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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