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Basilica of St. John

Designated a basilica in 1989. Northern Italian/Lombardy Romanesque style, with gold-leaf coffered ceilings and 46 stained-glass windows, including a 15-foot Munich rose window. Ornate plaster and travertine marble interior.

Des Moines, IA Historic Churches


Terrace Hill

This opulent 1869 Victorian mansion, a National Historic Landmark and home of Iowa's governor, was built by Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin F. Allen. Restored to the late 1800s period, it overlooks downtown Des Moines and is situated on eight acres with a recreated Victorian formal garden.

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Salisbury House

This 42-room mansion was modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England. Built in the 1920s by the Weeks family, the home contains authentic 16th century English oak, extensive flintwork and rafters dating to Shakespeare'

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Iowa State Fairgrounds

The Iowa State Fair, held each August, is Iowa's largest tourism event and the cornerstone event of more than 160 activities held year-round on these 400

Des Moines, IA Fairgrounds

Things to do Golf Courses near Des Moines, IA

Raccoon Bend Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Brooklyn-Victor Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Lakeside Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Woodland Hills Golf Course -North

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Ponderosa Public Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...