At first what may look like a capital city full of significant buildings, especially administrative the city of Des Moines will surprise with its potential. Literally meaning “of monks” this city sure does have a juxtaposing relevance. They say that it was here that the Mississippian culture began to develop by some monks that built huts on the banks of the river, back in 17th century. Gradually, with the vague development of the city, in the 20the century a “City Beautiful” project was exerted to give the development some direction. This also lead to a spike in the Des Moines tourism. So, today you have places like the Capitol Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Blank Park Zoo. Make a visit to the Downtown Farmers Market, on a Saturday to have some really good breakfast and get some fresh produce home!
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