Des Moines Delights Are an Easy Drive Away
Located 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 Drake University basketball game, you can stay a short drive away from your destination. Our location in Clive, a suburb west of Des Moines, means you can enjoy the quiet while within easy reach of downtown attractions like the Des Moines Art Center and Des Moines Botanical Center. Nearby Jordan Creek Town Center makes for a relaxing end to any day’s adventures with its fine restaurants and array of stores perfect for window shopping.
Top things to do in Des Moines include:
- Living History Farms (1.8 miles)
Living History Farms lets you walk back through hundreds of years of farm history with three different exhibits showing life in the 1700s, 1850s and 1900s. Don’t miss the recreation of an 1850s farming community.
Phone: +1 (515) 278-5286
- Jordan Creek Town Center (3.9 miles)
Browse through stores like American Eagle, or pick up a book at Barnes & Noble. You can relax over dinner at one of the restaurants occupying part of this two-million-square-foot shopping center in Des Moines.
Phone: +1 (515) 440-6255
- Des Moines Playhouse (7.1 miles)
Take the kids to a children’s theatre production like The Boxcar Children, or revel in a night of suspense, comedy or music at the nation’s second-largest community theatre.
Phone: +1 (515) 277-6261
- Des Moines Art Center (7.7 miles)
You can explore permanent art exhibits featuring works by artists like Georgia O'Keeffe and Francis Bacon. Don’t miss the 18th- and 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints.
Phone: +1 (515) 277-4405
- 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) 271-2011
- 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
- Heritage Carousel of Des Moines (10.6 miles)
This turn-of-the-century replica carousel will have the whole family going in circles.
Phone: +1 (515) 323-8200
- Des Moines Botanical Center (11 miles)
A world of plant life awaits you on 14 acres beside the Des Moines River. Don’t miss the incredible bonsai collection.
Phone: +1 (515) 323-6290
- Blank Park Zoo (15.8 miles)
Swing over the to the zoo, home to nearly 1,500 animals including giraffes, pandas, tigers and sea lions.
Phone: +1 (515) 285-4722
- Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino (19 miles)
Quarterhorse races, a vibrant casino, concerts and other special events can keep you entertained for hours.
Phone: +1 (800) 325-9015
- Adventureland Park (19.5 miles)
Take a refreshing ride on the Splash Over, Adventureland’s own human washing machine, or get an adrenaline-soaked rush on one of the park’s roller coasters.
Phone: +1 (515) 266-2121
- 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
- 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
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