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Discover Des Moines, IA

Des Moines is the capital and most populous city in the state of Iowa, which also makes it the area’s primary cultural and economic center (it’s considered the insurance company capital of America). The city is located five and a half hours from Chicago and two hours from Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second largest city. Thus it’s a fantastic place to explore for a few days if you’re making a road trip through the Midwest, but can also be a great stand-alone destination when you rent an RV.

Even though the metro area has expanded to over the years, much of Des Moines has retained a rustic look. The downtown area is populated with historic brick homes (albeit with several skyscrapers nearby) and quaint shops. Many of these neighborhoods are quite walkable, and the DART bus system has 26 routes throughout the city. Therefore, it might be a good idea to leave your Des Moines travel trailer rental or RV parked at its campsite if one of these bus routes passes near to it.

RV Parks Near Des Moines

When you book an RV in Des Moines, you’ll have the freedom to travel to all the sites and scenery around the region. You’ll also need a place to set up your base camp with the Des Moines rental motorhome. Fortunately, there are a number of RV parks close to Des Moines, and many of them have quite a few amenities.

Griff’s Valley View RV Park and Campground is located 15 minutes to the northeast of the city center and has exercise equipment, laundry facilities, and a pond for fishing. All of their sites have full hookups.

Another option is Adventureland Resort, which is 15 minutes northeast of the city, but just steps from the Adventureland amusement park and Prairie Meadows Casino. Their RV sites also have full hookups along with a playground and pool.

Twenty minutes to the west of Des Moines is Timberline Campground, which has a swimming pool, recreation hall with billiards and video games, and a basketball court.

Walmarts can be found in all directions around the city, so you’ll have the option to do some self-sufficient camping with the Des Moines RV rental overnight in one of their lots. There are two stores within the city limits, on its west and south side, along with one store east of the city in Altoona, and one farther west in West Des Moines.

Exploring the City of Des Moines

As the largest city in Iowa, Des Moines has a number of great attractions for you to explore with your RV rental. The Science Center of Iowa is a massive museum focused on educating visitors of all ages about how the world works. It features hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, and even an IMAX theater. Another great museum is the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. It’s dedicated to Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug and educates visitors on global food and agriculture issues.

For some culture, head to the Des Moines Art Center, which is the city’s main art museum, housing numerous temporary and permanent exhibits from around the world.  If you need a place to relax after all those museum visits, stop at the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden in the middle of downtown Des Moines. It’s a testing ground for plants, a display garden, and photography studio. It’s a really enjoyable place to take a relaxing stroll. There’s also the Salisbury House & Gardens, a beautiful and historic house built in the 1920s and inspired by the King’s House in Salisbury, England. It’s now a museum displaying the collection of art, documents, and furnishings of its original inhabitants.

Getting Outside Near Des Moines

With several great parks nearby, spending time in nature is easy with your Des Moines motorhome rental. The 1,500-acre Water Works Park is conveniently located near the city center and has tons of space for picnicking, cycling, walking, running, and even fishing. A couple miles to the west is Raccoon River Park, which has over 600 acres of parkland in addition to a 500-foot sandy beachfront on Blue Heron Lake. There are soccer and softball fields, a playground, and a fishing pier, so you’ll have no excuse for not spending some time outside with your Des Moines rental camper.

Just outside the city is Walnut Woods State Park, which has a picnic area, hiking and cross-country skiing trails, along with fishing and canoeing opportunities in the nearby Raccoon River. About half an hour north of the city is Jester Park, which sits on the edge of Saylorville Lake. The park has a playground, golf course, and an equestrian center, in addition to the usual hiking, picnicking, and boating opportunities.

RV Rentals in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Des Moines. Outdoorsy's Des Moines RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

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Nearby to Des Moines are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Effigy Mounds National Monument, White Alloe Creek Conservation Area, De Soto National Wildlife Refuge, William Landahl Park, and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Tallgrass Loop Trail Prairie City Iowa
Lake Ahquabi State Park Loop Indianola Iowa
Canyon Road and Crows Nest Loop Trail Boone Iowa
Brown's Woods Trail West Des Moines Iowa
Seven Oaks Recreation Loop Boone Iowa
Clive Greenbelt Trail Clive Iowa
High Trestle Trail Ankeny Iowa
Ledges Table Rock Trail and Inspiration Point Boone Iowa
Lake of Three Fires Loop Bedford Iowa
Lake and Valley View Trail Loop Oxford Iowa

Nearby Campgrounds

Twin Anchors Campground

campground Colo, IA
Spending time in nature provides for a great opportunity to reconnect with yourself and recharge your batteries. If you plan to be in the Midwest and are looking for an oasis in the prairie, check out Twin Anchors Campground in Ames, Iowa. You can pull your RV into one of their spacious lots and enjoy some peace and quiet in a tranquil campground. Ames is one of the hidden gems of America in which you can relax and unwind. Twin Anchors Campground is located near the city of Ames. You can stay there while visiting students at Iowa State University and be close to all of the nature attractions that make the city special. The campground offers seasonal family events throughout the year and is a campground you will want to visit again and again. The campground offers an on site camp store and boat rentals.You can take advantage of some excellent fishing and nature hikes while there. You will even have quick access to a delicious on site restaurant.

Cherry Glen Campground

campground Ankeny, IA
Cherry Glen, the oldest and most popular campground on the lake, is nestled on a compact 13-acre wooded ridge. Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. White-tailed deer, turkeys, pheasants, waterfowl and other small game animals roam the lands around the lake.There are plenty of recreational opportunities. Visitors enjoy Saylorville Lake for its excellent boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike. The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating. This large campground offers 125 family sites, all with electric hookups. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. Cherry Glen is the perfect spot for a family vacation.

Whispering Oaks Campground

campground Story City, IA
Whispering Oaks Campground is a perfect outdoor getaway. Whether you prefer adventure walks through the woods, kayaking on the river, or relaxing in the abundant shade trees, Whispering Oaks is the place for the whole family. Long level pull throughs, 50 and 30 amp and sewer available. Other amenities include showers/restrooms, laundry facility, Wifi and small store. Primitive wooded tenting sites are available for the rustic camper as well. Friendly and helpful staff on site for assistance. Facilities and amenities also include dump station, laundry, restrooms, showers, and WiFi. This is a small intimate RV campground with only 45 spaces. It is on the Skunk River so there are plenty of fishing spots, Guests also will enjoy the many walking trails and the small store located on-site. Whispering Oaks Campground is located in Store City which is 16.3 miles from Ames, making it an easy drive. The Campground will provide you with a peaceful and serene location to sit back and relax.

Des Moines West KOA

campground Adel, IA
Chris and Jamie Rademacher are very excited to provide you and your family a memorable Iowa camping experience at the best rated Des Moines RV Park & Campground. If it's been years since you've camped at Des Moines West KOA, make it a point to stop back in to see all the new and exciting improvements, including 2 Dog Parks, Huge Jumping Pillow, Trampoline Basketball, Water Wars, Paddle Boats, Organized Weekend Kids Activities, Family Friendly Rates (2 Adults & 2 Children Included), Sand Volleyball, Ladder Ball, Horseshoes, Peddle Cart Rentals, & Hunt Brother's Pizza. They promise you'll be pleasantly surprised. The park is nestled 1.5 miles north of I-80 off exit 106 amongst beautiful Iowa farm fields in a peaceful rural setting where the only thing you'll hear are the songbirds singing! Des Moines West KOA welcomes you with a country charm that's certain to make you feel right at home! We offer all pull-through/full hook-up RV sites, camping cabins, deluxe cabins (lodges) and endless tent camping sites. Relax in your lawn chair, fish at the private stocked pond, splash in the heated pool or visit with your neighbor. Enjoy the small-town charm of Winterset - home of the Bridges of Madison County and John Wayne's birthplace.

Brunnier Art Museum

attraction Ames, IA
The Brunnier Art Museum is an impressive museum that will surprise you. It is open Monday through Friday 11 am to 4 pm and from 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Brunnier Art Museum is the state's only accredited museum emphasizing a decorative arts collection, and one of the nation's few museums located within a performing arts and conference complex (Iowa State Center). Founded in 1975, the museum is named after its benefactors, Iowa State alumnus Henry J. Brunnier and his wife Ann. The decorative arts collection they donated, the Brunnier Collection, is extensive, consisting of ceramics, glass, dolls, ivory, jade, and enameled metals. Other fine and decorative art objects that form the University Art Collection include prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood, lacquered objects, silver, and furniture. Eight to twelve annual changing exhibitions and permanent collection exhibitions provide educational opportunities for all ages from learning the history of Tang dynasty horses to discovering how scientists analyze the physical properties of artists' materials, such as glass or stone. Lectures, receptions, conferences, university classes, panel discussions, and gallery walks are presented to assist with further interpretation of objects.

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