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

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 features

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)
How to get there

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 property listings offer a large selection of 1,773 vacation rentals near Des Moines. From 509 Houses to 54 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Des Moines for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Des Moines:

  • Seattle Waterfront: 849 vacation rentals
  • Fremont: 341 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 889 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 1,507 vacation rentals
  • Ballard: 801 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Des Moines?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Des Moines. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Highline Community College: 2,189 vacation rentals
  • Des Moines Marina: 2,369 vacation rentals
  • Saltwater State Park: 2,059 vacation rentals
  • Marine Science and Technology Center: 1,840 vacation rentals
  • Seattle Center: 1,667 vacation rentals

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 vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Des Moines?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 509 Houses in Des Moines. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Des Moines include:

  • Cabins: 54 rentals available
  • Cottages: 54 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 54 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Des Moines?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 160 vacation rentals with pool available in Des Moines. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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