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3 Best Landmarks in Des Moines, IA

Expert recommended Top 3 Landmarks in Des Moines, Iowa. All of our landmarks actually face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. You deserve only the best!

IOWA STATE CAPITOL

1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319 DIRECTIONS

Since 1871

Here’s The Deal:
Iowa State Capitol commonly known as Iowa Statehouse is in Iowa's capital city, Des Moines. The 23-karat golden dome towering above the town is a favorite of sightseers, and four smaller domes flank the central dome. The building houses the Iowa Senate, Iowa House of Representatives, the Office of the Governor, and the Offices of the Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, and Secretary of State. Iowa State Capitol also includes a chamber for the Iowa Supreme Court, although court activities usually occur in the neighboring Iowa Supreme Court building. The building features an array of majesty, including various types and colors of marble, works of art, fixtures, and carvings in stone and wood.

SPECIALTY:
Monuments, Exhibitions, Holiday Historic House Tour, Government Buildings, Collections, Events, Programs, Guided Tours, Observation Deck, Historic Preservation, Court, Historical Building & Field Trips

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Mon-Fri: 6:30am - 5pm
Sat: 8am - 4pm
Sun: Closed

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SALISBURY HOUSE & GARDENS

4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312 DIRECTIONS

Since 1923

Here’s The Deal:
Salisbury House & Gardens is a 42-room architectural wonder built between 1923 and 1928 by cosmetics pioneer Carl Weeks. The house is created after the King's House in Salisbury, England, and is promptly a historic house museum. The Salisbury House Foundation owns and operates the house and is open to the public for tours, private rentals, and public events. The historic place contains authentic 16th-century English oak woodwork, English flint work, and rafters that date back to the time of Shakespeare. There is a beautiful American estate, and its diverse collections of literature, art and worldly treasures are free to the public for tour. In addition, Salisbury House & Gardens offers guided tours.

SPECIALTY:
Event Rentals, Private Events, Group Tour, Exhibitions, Cultural Activities, Shops, Summer Camp, Events, Field Trips, Architectural Buildings, Stores, Collections, Education and Adult Programs, Reservation & Restoration

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salisburyhouse.org

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Wed-Sun: 12pm - 5pm
Mon & Tue: Closed

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TERRACE HILL

2300 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 DIRECTIONS

Since 1869

Here’s The Deal:
Terrace Hill is an architectural marvel built as a private home in 1869 in the developing, fast-growing community of Des Moines. The 18,000-square-foot building serves the dual mission of the official governor's residence. The building's steeply pitched open verandas, mansard roof, long and narrow and frequently paired windows, and bracketed eaves give this house an irreplaceable design. The guided trips of the first two floors and historic gardens take guests back to the Victorian lifestyle of the cultured 1880s. The journeys last about an hour and start at the Carriage House, which once included horse stalls and carriages, and presently has been renovated into a visitor's center.

SPECIALTY:
Event Rentals, Library, Cultural Activities, School Programs, Preservation and Restoration, Events, Group Tour, Education Programs, Architectural Buildings, House & Community Outreach

Price: Admission
Adults: $5 & Children (6-12): $2

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terracehill.iowa.gov

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Tue-Sat: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Sun & Mon: Closed

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