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West Des Moines, IA
Travel Guide

Enjoy modern shopping amongst historic buildings, see a concert in a wartime dance hall, or take a nature hike in this city that started life as a railroad hub.

A city in its own right, West Des Moines is situated on the edge of Des Moines and attracts visitors for its historic buildings and beautiful hiking trails.

A great way to get a feel for the history of West Des Moines is to stroll around Valley Junction. An economic hub since the 1890s, this downtown area has many interesting shops, quaint bars and a weekly farmers market. Browse the collections of locally owned antique shops, art galleries, and jewelry stores for a handcrafted souvenir made by West Des Moines artisans.

Take a tour of Jordan House which played a role in the anti-slavery movement in Iowa and is now a museum. Learn how this Victorian house served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, an organization which smuggled slaves into the north. Tours of the house, which is believed by some to be haunted, are conducted every Friday and on the first Sunday of each month.

Visit the southeast part of town for beautiful nature walks along the Raccoon River. Choose the Jordan Creek Trail, which wraps around a large pond or take the Browns Woods Loop. This 1.9-mile (3-kilometer) loop has a cellular phone audio tour which provides information about points of interest and local tips.

See a concert at Val Air Ballroom where West Des Moines residents have danced since it opened in 1939. Its bright neon lights have been an icon of West Des Moines nightlife for generations.

West Des Moines is accessible by car and train from nearby Des Moines. If you are flying in, use the Des Moines International Airport and take a bus into West Des Moines.

Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
3 out of 5
5505 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA
The price is $81 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

Situated in West Des Moines, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from West Glen Town Center and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Jordan Creek Town Center. MercyOne Mills Civic Express ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (979 reviews)

"Staff was friendly and helpful. They provide two meals a day."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1800 50th St, West Des Moines, IA
The price is $74 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clive Aquatic Center and Valley West Mall. Mercy Medical Center West Lakes and UnityPoint Health ...

4/5Very Good! (902 reviews)

"Clean, well maintained property. Great beds. Nice helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
Hyatt Place West Des Moines Jordan Creek
Hyatt Place West Des Moines Jordan Creek
3 out of 5
295 64th Street, West Des Moines, IA
The price is $95 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of West Glen Town Center and Jordan Creek Town Center. MercyOne Mills Civic Express Care and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (910 reviews)

"Phenomenal stay. Hot tasty breakfast, individually packed. Area - new neighborhood. We will stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Hyatt Place West Des Moines Jordan Creek
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Staybridge Suites West Des Moines
Staybridge Suites West Des Moines
3 out of 5
6905 Lake Dr, West Des Moines, IA
The price is $99 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from UnityPoint Health - Methodist West Hospital and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Jordan Creek Town ...

4.4/5Excellent! (284 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay. There was some water damage on the ceiling in the bathroom and the hot tub was too hot, but it was clean and staff were friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Staybridge Suites West Des Moines
Large Brick Ranch Home with a 3 BR Option to Rent on Quiet, Private, Deadend St.
Large Brick Ranch Home with a 3 BR Option to Rent on Quiet, Private, Deadend St.
West Des Moines, IA

Situated in West Des Moines, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Val Air Ballroom and Valley Junction. Des Moines Art Center and Raccoon River Park ...

Large Brick Ranch Home with a 3 BR Option to Rent on Quiet, Private, Deadend St.
"Hudson" 2BD/2BA Near Jordan Creek Mall!
"Hudson" 2BD/2BA Near Jordan Creek Mall!
West Des Moines, IA

Situated in West Des Moines, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jordan Creek Town Center, West Glen Town Center, and Mercy Medical Center West ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Excellent Property

"This property was everything I wanted it to be. I stayed for 2 months waiting for my newly built home to be completed. The property was clean, well appointed, in a great location, safe and my host made sure that I had everything I needed. I would definitely stay here again! Highly recommended!!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

"Hudson" 2BD/2BA Near Jordan Creek Mall!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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