About Des Moines and Iowa

Des Moines is Iowa's capital city, home of the 275-foot tall gold leafed Capitol dome made famous around the country during first in the nation Presidential Election Caucuses held every four years. Des Moines is a major center for financial services, publishing, and insurance where it ranks with Hartford, Connecticut, and London, England, as home to large insurance companies. The diverse population includes Native Americans and refugees and immigrants from Viet Nam, Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Sudan, Mexico, and Burma.

Closest major airport: Chicago, Illinois (CHI) Closest regional/ local airport: Des Moines International Airport (DSM).

The prairie state's rich black soil spurs agriculture sales from Iowa farms estimated at around $30 billion in 2011. Agricultural, business, and scientific research, and development thrive here. For instance, the world’s first computer was developed at Iowa State University, just 30 miles away from Des Moines. The World Food Prize makes its home in a newly renovated Beaux Art style Hall of Laureates, honoring the men and women who feed the world.

Interesting museums include Terrace Hill, the Victorian style Gover