West Des Moines, IA

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West Des Moines featuring modern architecture, a lake or waterhole and night scenes

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.

Motel 6 West Des Moines, IA
Motel 6 West Des Moines, IA
2 out of 5
7655 Office Plaza Dr N, West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $60 per night from May 22 to May 23
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Motel 6 West Des Moines, IA
Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
3 out of 5
5505 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA, 50266
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The price is $108 per night from May 22 to May 23
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Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
Hampton Inn West Des Moines Lake Drive
Hampton Inn West Des Moines Lake Drive
3 out of 5
7060 Lake Dr, West Des Moines, IA, 50266
The price is $102 per night from May 23 to May 24
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
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Hampton Inn West Des Moines Lake Drive
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Cozy New Townhome - W/Fireplace Quiet Neighbors
Cozy New Townhome - W/Fireplace Quiet Neighbors
West Des Moines, IA
The price is $105 per night from May 23 to May 24
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Cozy New Townhome - W/Fireplace Quiet Neighbors
Luxury 4 bedroom and 2.5 bath home
Luxury 4 bedroom and 2.5 bath home
West Des Moines, IA
The price is $251 per night from May 17 to May 18
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5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great location -good space for family time
"We were in town for a family event. We’re looking for a place where we could be together before and after. With an upstairs living/dining kitchen area that flows together and a downstairs family room, was exactly what we needed. Very nicely furnished with a lot of thought towards convenience. Bathrooms ..."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

Luxury 4 bedroom and 2.5 bath home
Cozy Duplex in a Safe Quiet Residential Neighborhood
Cozy Duplex in a Safe Quiet Residential Neighborhood
West Des Moines, IA
Stay at this property in West Des Moines. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Jordan Creek Town Center and Wells Fargo Arena are ...
Cozy Duplex in a Safe Quiet Residential Neighborhood
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