Des Moines Hot Spots Are Just a Short Drive Away
Situated near the intersection of I-80 and I-35, the Country Inn & Suites makes an ideal home base for discovering Des Moines. Whether your plans include a visit to the opera, a star-studded event at the Wells Fargo Arena or a basketball game at Drake University, you can quickly commute to each venue. Our location in Clive, a suburb west of Des Moines, makes it easy to find peace and quiet just minutes from downtown attractions like the Des Moines Art Center and Des Moines Botanical Center. As your day winds to a close, nearby Jordan Creek Town Center is the perfect place to enjoy a meal at one of several fine restaurants or window-shop at an array of retail stores.
History and Culture
Shopping and Entertainment
- Des Moines Art Center (7.7 miles)
You can explore permanent art exhibits featuring works by renowned artists like Georgia O'Keeffe and Francis Bacon. Don’t miss the 18th- and 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints.
Phone: +1 (515) 277-4405
- Des Moines Metro Opera (27 miles)
Enjoy an evening buffet dinner, and then settle back in your plush seat for a night of operatic thrills that will have you calling out “Bravi” during the performance.
Phone: +1 (515) 961-6221
- Des Moines Playhouse (7.1 miles)
Treat the kids to an entertaining children’s theater production like The Boxcar Children, or revel in a night of suspense, comedy or music at the nation’s second-largest community theater.
Phone: +1 (515) 277-6261
- Jasper Winery (30 miles)
Glimpse the world of winemaking in the tasting room before enjoying a glass of wine made from locally grown grapes.
Phone: +1 (515) 282-9463
- Living History Farms (1.8 miles)
Walk back through hundreds of years of agricultural history with three different exhibits depicting farm life in the 1700s, 1850s and 1900s. Don’t miss the re-creation of an 1850s farming community.
Phone: +1 (515) 278-5286
- Jordan Creek Town Center (3.9 miles)
After browsing through the latest fashions at American Eagle or picking up a good book at Barnes & Noble, you can relax over dinner at one of the restaurants nestled in this two-million-square-foot shopping center in Des Moines.
Phone: +1 (515) 440-6255
- Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino (19 miles)
With a single visit to this popular entertainment complex, you can enjoy exciting quarterhorse races, a vibrant casino, rocking concerts and a variety of special events.
Phone: +1 (800) 325-9015
- Wells Fargo Arena (9 miles)
Before cheering at an Iowa Energy game or taking in a concert, savor a shrimp cocktail at The Principal River’s Edge Restaurant in the arena.
Phone +1 (515) 564-8000
- Adventureland Park (19.5 miles)
Take a refreshing ride on the Splash Over, Adventureland’s own human washing machine, or get an adrenaline-packed rush on one of the park’s roller coasters.
Phone: +1 (515) 266-2121
- Blank Park Zoo (15.8 miles)
An excellent destination for a day trip, this nearby zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals including giraffes, pandas, tigers and sea lions.
Phone: +1 (515) 285-4722
- Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (11 miles)
A world of plant life, including the center's impressive bonsai collection, awaits you on 14 acres beside the Des Moines River.
Phone: +1 (515) 323-6290
- Heritage Carousel of Des Moines (10.6 miles)
This turn-of-the-century replica carousel provides nostalgic fun the whole family will enjoy.
Phone: +1 (515) 323-8200
For Iowa sports fans:
- Drake University (8.7 miles)
Attend concerts, comedy shows and basketball games on Drake's 150-acre campus in downtown Des Moines.
Phone: +1 (515) 323-8200