Travels: 5 Things to Do in Des Moines

Today my friend Kiley from A Sequin Dress at Breakfast is sharing her travel tips for visiting her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa as part of my Summer Travel Series! Kiley is the epitome of a friendly and down to earth Mid-Western gal, she's also got amazing style and is so fun to hang out with. She's helping to put Des Moines on the style map - and her tips below prove that this is one city you don't want to overlook. I'm debating a trip to visit her in the near future.....Thanks for sharing Kiley!

Destination: Des Moines, Iowa

Why You Love It: If you've never been here - you'll find Des Moines to be a hidden gem in the Midwest - unless you're from here, have family here, or move here for a job - you may never visit Des Moines! But we have the friendliest people, great restaurants (the city is surrounded by farm land -so we have lots of local, fresh food!), and so many fun things to do.

5 Places to See, Eat or Go: 1) Get your camera ready and stroll through the Pappajohn Sculpture Park  2) Pack a picnic and head to one of the many local wineries around Des Moines 3) Walk around East Village - a cool area of shops/restaurants near downtown Des Moines - don't miss Gong Fu for a morning tea, City Bakery for breakfast, Ephemera for darling stationary, Velvet Coat for a DVF/Helmut Lang fix, Raygun for cute/quirky tees and gifts, the Continental for the best mojito, and Zombie Burger for lunch (prepare yourself for burgers topped with brie, mac n cheese, fried ranch, and more!) Then wash it down with a cake flavored 'Zombie Bride Shake'). 4) Rent bikes from one of the many rental spots in downtown Des Moines and cruise out to Gray's Lake 5) Start your Saturday morning with a couple hundred others at Yoga in the Park, then head to the Farmers Market for breakfast

5 Items to Pack: Sunglasses, walking-friendly shoes, jean jacket/cardigan to stay comfortable in AC-filled restaurants, camera, a bike if you have one!

Locals Only Tip: If you're here in August, the annual 11 day Iowa State Fair is included in the book '1000 Places To See Before You Die.' It really is a trip - where else can you indulge in a red velvet funnel cake, go on a double ferris wheel, ride a camel, buy cowboy boots, and try over 30 Iowa brewed beers all in one place?

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