Fly To Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines is Iowa’s cultural centre and capital city and has been credited for being the ‘Best Place for Business and Careers’, the ‘Best Place to Raise a Family’ and the ‘Best City to Live and Work’ in the US.
Established in the year 1843, the city of Des Moines features an impressive 6km of skywalk. A few tourism magnets the city is proud to host include the Iowa State Capitol Building, The State Historical Society of Iowa Museum and the Des Moines City Hall.
This pedestrian friendly city has many of its recreational attractions and significant must-sees set along the banks of the Des Moines River.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a USA Visa to visit Des Moines, Iowa and anywhere else in the United States of America. Allow plenty of time for Visa processing, and ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Iowa is the South African Consulate-General in Chicago. 200 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 600, Chicago IL, 60604. Phone: + 1 312 939 7929. Website: southafricachicago.com.
See and do
The fashionable East Village situated along the eastern bank of the Des Moines River is a cultural hotspot with trendy restaurants and bars.
Undoubtedly one of the most impressive buildings in the country and sporting a spectacular grand entrance is the Iowa State Capitol Building. Its golden dome and the stunning views of the cityscape are worth climbing the 300 steps for.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the Des Moines City Hall with its grand Beaux Arts style architecture. The hall radiates a presence that cannot be ignored. Other notable landmarks are James Jordan House, Henry Wallace House and the WWII Freedom Memorial.
A huge attraction is Iowa’s State Fair held every August, a tradition going all the way back to 1854. Thousands of visitors descend on the state capital to join in the festive fun. Country music, food, monster trucks, a parade and concerts all make this a star attraction.
Blank Park Zoo housing over 1500 animals, Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary where children can learn about chimps and orang-utans; and the Adventureland Amusement Park with its roller coasters and water park complex with multiple water slides make Des Moines a family friendly destination.
To slow down the pace, visitors can choose the Des Moines Botanical Center, Gray's Lake, Saylorville Lake and the Big Creek State Park for relaxation in a peaceful natural environment.
Des Moines International Airport – DSM
Des Moines International Airport (code DSM) serves the Greater Des Moines Metropolitan Area and central Iowa. The airport sees as many as two million passengers annually which places it in the top 100 most active commercial airports in the US. 45 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi is provided through Boingo Wireless.
Lost Luggage: For any items left on the aircraft, please contact the airline directly. For lost or found items, contact Des Moines Airport Administration office on the skywalk level of the main terminal area. Phone: (515) 256-5100.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels nearby the airport include: Radisson Hotel Des Moines Airport, Hampton Inn Des Moines Airport, Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport.
Car Hire: Hertz, Thrifty, National, Avis, Enterprise, Dollar, Budget.