True, Des Moines gets a moment in the sun every four years during the presidential caucus season. But the city doesn’t slow down during the three years between elections, either. Home to one of the most bustling farmers’ markets in the Midwest (with about 25,000 attendees each Saturday), a big chunk of delicious restaurants serving fried foods on a stick (and then some) and some truly beautiful hotels, Des Moines is an ideal place to take up residence in or visit. Whether you’re a local or it’s your first time experiencing “Iowa nice,” these are the absolute must things to do in Des Moines.
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