Best Landmarks in Des Moines

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


1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319 Directions

Since 1871

Iowa State Capitol is commonly known as Statehouse in Des Moines. The 23-karat golden dome towering above the town is a favorite of sightseers, and four smaller domes flank the main dome. Each bus may load and unload from the circle drive placed directly in front of the west Capitol ground-floor handicap-accessible entry. The building features an array of majesty, including many various types and colors of marble, works of art, fixtures, and carvings in both stone and wood.

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


Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun Closed

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4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312 Directions

Since 1923

Salisbury House & Gardens is a Tudor, Gothic and Carolean fashion manor home in Des Moines. The house is created after the King's House in Salisbury, England, and is promptly a historic house museum. There is a beautiful American estate, and its diverse collections of literature, art, and worldly treasures are free to the public for tours. The historic place contains authentic 16th century English oak woodwork, English flint work, and rafters that date back to the time of Shakespeare. Salisbury House & Gardens offers guided tours.

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

Discount: 10% Off on Gift Shop purchases - 10% Off on a variety of public programs View Deal

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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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2300 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 Directions

Since 1869

Terrace Hill is an 18,000-square foot building serves the dual mission of the official governor’s residence and a National Historic Landmark. 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.

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

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

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

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