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Bentley Continental GT Speed 2008 — Car rental alternative in Urbandale, IA 50322
Bentley Continental GT Speed 2008

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Homegrown character in Des Moines

A flyover state to keep an eye on, the capital of Iowa has transformed into a small town with class and character. Fill your itinerary with museums, parks, and historical landmarks, and then look beyond the city limits.

Before you head out of town, take your Des Moines car rental alternative for a spin through downtown and the cultural heartbeat of the city for its local flavors, live music, and thriving arts scene.

Des Moines favorites

Get a taste of the old and the new in Des Moines, and don’t be surprised when this modest yet vibrant city grows on you.

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Salisbury House & Gardens

Stroll through the quiet halls and grounds of this glamorous estate, modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, while peeking into its history through memorabilia, antiques, and musical instruments.

East Village

Head over to the cultural hub of the city in your Des Moines car rental alternative for historic museums and buildings to hipster shops, bars, and eateries like Tacopocalypse for drool-worthy burritos.

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Spend an afternoon wandering around this quirky sculpture park in downtown Des Moines and marvel at the works of art by notable local artists.

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A Midwest city full of character, talent, and potential, Des Moines is surrounded by nostalgic small towns and rustic landscapes, making it easy to escape from the daily grind.

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Ledges State Park

Within a quick 30-minute jaunt, you’ll reach the sandstone gorge and natural wilderness at Ledges State Park. Enjoy the day as you please, whether you choose to camp, hike, kayak, or fish.

Pella

Skip town in your Des Moines car rental alternative and head 40 miles southeast to Pella. Founded by Dutch immigrants, walk around Molengracht Canal and drop by the local shops and Dutch bakeries.

Okoboji

Nestled in northwestern Iowa, Okoboji is a must for water sports and scenic glacial-carved lakes. Aside from boating and fishing, Arnolds Park, a retro amusement park, is fun for the whole family.

Recent reviews

Hector O.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Puja’s car is awesome. Very easy when picking up and dropping off. Car was perfect for me and my family. I will always rent Puja's car when I travel to Des Moines

Hector O.
- April 9, 2021
Tim R.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015

Very easy rental from Renato. Communication was A+, car was as described, ran well, no issues. My family traveled in it while in Des Moines. No problems whatsoever. Would absolutely rent from Renato again.

Tim R.
- June 8, 2020
Zachary Z.
Dodge Durango 2011

I had spent over 48 hours trying to find a rental in Des Moines over the holiday weekend with multiple companies either at the airport or other. They all gave me varying points of fact, which were entirely untrue. As the I was not using credit for my rental transactions, this proved tiresome and complicated. I give great recommendation to Des. I had misread a piece of information on his profile for this vehicle and booked before I was able to message him as the platform dictates. He was incredibly sincere and welcoming to the Turo app. Without getting into specifics, I thought I would probably have to rent a different vehicle. Des was incredibly warm and available. Upon returning the vehicle oh, I was able to meet his wife and I can guarantee you that these are an exemplary pair of humans in which dealing with has been an absolute pleasure. These are the instances I wish for more than five stars!

Zachary Z.
- January 22, 2020
Kelsey B.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Great car, even better communication with the owner—he’s the best!

Kelsey B.
- June 4, 2021
Jeri T.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

This was our first Turo experience, and we’ll definitely do it again. The car was clean, fun to drive, and Puja’s communication was excellent. Loved the included car wash option.

Jeri T.
- June 18, 2021
Jake Y.
Dodge Journey 2016

Clean, reliable car. Would rent again. Jessica was very accommodating with pick up and drop off

Jake Y.
- April 1, 2021
Rob D.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Just wrapped up a short trip in DM. We rented the Mercedes GLA-class from PUja. I had so much fun driving this car! Rented it for the same price as a Dodge from Thrifty! The only drawback was that it’s a little small for a family of 4. We made it work but we had to improvise a bit. I would rent this car again from PUja in a heartbeat!

Rob D.
- January 22, 2021
Diane W.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Great, clean car. Super responsive, helpful, nice owner. Couldn’t be easier to pick up and return the car. Highly recommend renting from Puja.

Diane W.
- May 5, 2021
Zachary Z.
GMC Acadia 2008

I originally rented a vehicle through Hertz for a business trip, but after a major error on Hertz side. I was left with no vehicle, was told "I guess that sucks for you", and overall a very rude attitude from the woman at the counter. So I when I discovered Turo and found this vehicle Stacy had. It was a huge relief to be able to work with a direct person. Who not only helped work things out when things seemed they wouldn't, but provided a vehicle early the next morning ready to go. Thank you Stacy for everything, it drove amazingly, and if you are ever in the area. I highly recommend renting the Acadia from Stacy! Thanks again!!!

Zachary Z.
- October 9, 2020
Wilfred T.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Puja has excellent communication skills and it’s easy to work with. The car drives very well and has a spacious trunk. I’d definitely recommend them!

Wilfred T.
- May 10, 2021
Shannon Marie S.
Lexus RX 350 2012

The trip and car were great. This was my 1st rental and will definitely use again after this experience.

Shannon Marie S.
- November 1, 2020
Kelsey G.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Extremely accommodating and helpful. The car is clean, comfortable and does well in weather! Would rent again

Kelsey G.
- December 31, 2020
Jessie F.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015

Great guy to rent a car from, he was very flexible to work with.

Jessie F.
- June 29, 2020
Neil P.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015

Renato was a great host! He was responsive to messages and very accommodating to changes in the trip length. His car was very clean and well maintained. Perfect vehicle for a party of 5 and good room for luggage. Would recommend using his car and will book again on a future trip!

Neil P.
- September 25, 2020
Tawanna Lynn W.
Lexus RX 350 2012

It was nice love it would rent again

Tawanna Lynn W.
- November 16, 2020
Angelina I.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015

Renato was a great host. On time, made pickup and return at the airport a breeze. Car was clean and ran well! Would rent from Renato again.

Angelina I.
- July 6, 2020
Bridget K.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015

Smooth ride! Handles nicely and good on gas. I would definitely borrow it again :)

Bridget K.
- February 23, 2020
Mike R.
GMC Acadia 2008

Flexible and worked with our crazy schedule.

Mike R.
- July 24, 2020
Kellyn B.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015

Renata could not have made it any easier. So convenient to pickup and drop off, the car was wonderful, overall a great experience!

Kellyn B.
- February 5, 2020
Rebecca G.
Hyundai Tucson 2017

Maggie worked well with me when my plans changed. I appreciated that.

Rebecca G.
- July 23, 2020
Kenneth A.
Dodge Durango 2011

2nd time using Des great both times

Kenneth A.
- March 14, 2020
Edward S.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Loved the car, and PUja made everything so convenient. Whenever I’m in Iowa this will be my go to vehicle.

Edward S.
- October 5, 2020

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Best Des Moines driving roads

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Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

A prominent pioneer trail where thousands of Mormons trekked from Illinois to Wyoming in 1846, this route shows off Iowa’s diverse landscape and is peppered with bridges and historic buildings.

Historic US Route 6

The longest highway in America stretches for 3,652 miles, with a scenic slice passing through Iowa. Keep an eye out for the adorable mom-and-pop shops and the world’s oldest ice cream fountain.

Western Skies Scenic Byway

Venture off the main road and drive along the Western Skies Scenic Byway instead for 142 miles of endless prairie skies, wildflower meadows, rural communities, and refreshing rivers.