Destination guide

Friendly Johnston will entice you

The area's festivals and opera are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Johnston. This city is welcoming and relaxing, recognized for its restaurants, shopping and riverfront. Des Moines Art Center and Salisbury House are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Sightseeing in and around Johnston

Are you hoping to find attractions to see in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that Johnston has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Iowa State Fairgrounds (11.3 mi / 18.2 km)
  • Adventureland (11.7 mi / 18.8 km)
  • Blank Park Zoo (13.6 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Beaver Creek Golf Club (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • M2B Raceway (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • John Deere Des Moines Works Tours (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Johnston

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Johnston is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (9 mi / 14.5 km)
  • Saylorville Lake (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Big Creek State Park (6.6 mi / 10.6 km)
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Pappajohn Sculpture Park (9.2 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)

Transportation to and around Johnston

Fly into Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), the closest airport, located 12.3 mi (19.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Johnston?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 42 vacation rentals near Johnston. From 23 Houses to 12 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Johnston for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Can I rent Houses in Johnston?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 23 Houses in Johnston. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Johnston include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 12 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 4 rentals available
  • Studios: 8 rentals available

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Johnston?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Johnston. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.