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Find your vibe in Des Moines

Iowa’s capital city is more than just a fly-over town. Full of character and class, it’s home to exciting museums, picture-perfect parks, and important historical landmarks. In the city’s vibrant downtown, you can enjoy live music, local flavors, and a thriving arts scene.

When you’re ready for more, fuel up the tank and travel out of town for gorgeous parks, happening cities, and access to the beautiful Des Moines River.

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Get a taste of the old and new U.S. in Des Moines.

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Salisbury House & Gardens

Stroll through the grandiose halls and grounds of this glamorous 1920s estate, modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England. You can also see plenty of historic memorabilia, antiques, and musical instruments.

East Village

The historic and cultural hub of the city is the East Village, where you can see gems like the ornate State Capitol and the Historical Museum, as well as wander among hip shops and happening restaurants.

Blank Park Zoo

Get up close and personal with everything from otters to African elephants at the Blank Park Zoo. One of the park’s most popular areas is the Australian Adventure, where you can see kangaroos and koalas.

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A Midwest city full of character, Des Moines is surrounded by nostalgic small towns and rustic landscapes, perfect for escaping the daily grind. In historic Pella, a 19th-century Dutch settlement, you can travel back in time amid an old windmill and charming bakeries. Or soak in natural beauty at Ledges State Park. When you’re ready for the big city life, head to booming Kansas City for iconic museums, restaurants, and nightlife.

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Kansas City, MO

Just under three hours away is one of the midwest’s most happening destinations: Kansas City. Check out the expansive Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National WWI Museum, and the American Jazz Museum. Then check out the hip downtown area and sample some amazing barbecue.

Pella

Skip town and drive an hour southeast to Pella, a beautiful city founded in 1847 by Dutch immigrants. Here, you can visit authentic Dutch bakeries, amble along the Molengracht Canal, and explore the Historical Village & Vermeer Windmill.

Ledges State Park

From Des Moines, it’s just a short 30-minute drive to Ledges State Park. At this natural playground, you can hike a sandstone gorge, kayak in the Des Moines River, or picnic while keeping an eye out for wildlife.

Recent reviews

Kerry S.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

We went to Iowa for a baseball trip and Tony was a great host! He communicated very quickly and was flexible as well. If we are ever flying to Des Moines again, I will definitely rent from Tony again!

Kerry S.
- June 20, 2022
Ronnie W.
Nissan Pathfinder 2019

Chad was great to work with, prompt communications, the Pathfinder was in good order and met our requirements. Will rent again if going to Des Moines. Thanks.

Ronnie W.
- May 2, 2022
James T.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Literally the best car in Des Moines. Great communication with host. Takes 2 minutes to get to parking lot across the street. Well worth it. Enterprise would have charged me more for a Chevy spark.

James T.
- May 7, 2022
Emily T.
Jeep Patriot 2016

Kris was friendly, communicative and accommodating. Her car is straightforward to drive and nicely maintained. A great option for cruising around Des Moines!

Emily T.
- October 18, 2021
Elizabeth C.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Evy and her co-host Jack were amazing!! The car was exactly as described and perfect for our family trip. Our girls loved that the board games were included. The communication was excellent and made our experience so easy! We highly recommend using their vehicle! Thanks again for all the extra info on places to visit and eat at! We’ll be in touch if Acro bring us back to Des Moines :) Thanks again!!

Elizabeth C.
- June 24, 2022
Andrew W.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

Tony is a great host, always available and I will definitely count on him again next time I an in Des Moines. Thank you Tony for everything.

Andrew W.
- February 5, 2022
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
Teresa C.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Evelyn’s Highlander was perfect for my family’s visit to Des Moines, our old hometown. The car was clean, had every extra you can think of, and fun to drive. Pick up and drop off at the airport we’re on time and went smoothly. Thanks for making our trip so enjoyable. 😊

Teresa C.
- May 10, 2022
John L.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

Great car, clean and ran perfect. Easy transaction with excellent, timely communication. I will certainly look up Tony next time I am in Des Moines. Thank you!

John L.
- November 30, 2021
Lucas F.
Nissan Pathfinder 2019

I was in town for a wedding and Chad made his car available. The whole transaction went very smoothly and it was very convenient. I picked up and dropped off the car in long term parking, it was extra roomy, and handled great. I'd be happy to rent again from Chad if I'm ever back in Des Moines.

Lucas F.
- April 25, 2022
Jackson K.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Evelyn was fantastic! She made the process super easy, convenient, and was very helpful with everything. The car is also super nice and clean. I would highly recommend her services to anyone traveling to Des Moines!

Jackson K.
- March 22, 2022
Elaine H.
Hyundai Venue 2020

Amazing service!!! I will never use a rental agency again after this, such a good experience. They were in touch at every step of the trip - made it completely stress free. Can’t recommend them enough! 😊

Elaine H.
- August 2, 2021
Jen S.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

10 STARS ⭐️!! Excellent responsiveness and the car is FABULOUS. Clean and in mint condition. Puja was very helpful and the whole process was seamless and amazing for our stay in Des Moines. Thank you, Puja!

Jen S.
- August 10, 2021
TRACY E.
GMC Terrain 2018

Great car for our group - Derek made pick up and drop off a breeze! Thank you! I highly recommend Turo over rental car companies!

TRACY E.
- April 6, 2022
Maria L.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

The rental process and working with Tony was so easy! I will definitely use him and his car again next trip. It ran well, was well taken care of and got warm very quick for a very cold day!

Maria L.
- April 15, 2022
Cody L.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

This was our very first time using Turo. All I have to say is renting from Puja was such a great experience! I would rent from him again and be using Turo in the future. To give a little back story, my young family and I flew into Des Moines at midnight and all the car rental places close around 11:30 P.M.. The location where the car was required us to call to get a shuttle due to after hours. I called the shuttle when we landed and they were in route. Puja had called and had the shuttle service looking for us already. This is just outstanding, how they out of their way for us. They we’re very responsive to all of my question and concerns that I had. We will definitely be renting from them on future trips to Des Moines.

Cody L.
- July 6, 2021
Robin V.
Hyundai Venue 2020

Nice car! Was just right for zipping around town. Small enough to park everywhere but there was room for our luggage. Reliable so I didn’t ever worry that I was going to get where I needed to be. Easy pick up and drop off. Great communication with owner. Will definitely rent from them again if I’m ever back in Des Moines.

Robin V.
- September 23, 2021
James E.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

The Mercedes that I rented from these hosts was clean and the whole process was simple. The price was reasonable also. A big thank you to Puja and Dil, the hosts for this car.

James E.
- June 17, 2022
Brian J.
Hyundai Venue 2020

Great price, amazing gas mileage, the car was clean and ready to go when I showed up. Communication was the best and couldn’t have asked for a better trip with my rental. Would highly recommend.

Brian J.
- April 23, 2022
Tess Elizabeth R.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Puji and Dil should be the example Turo uses for all renters. Their beautiful car was clean, equipped with amenities and essentials that one traveling wouldn't think to bring, i.e. umbrella, masks, hand lotion etc. The quickness to respond to messages, and willingness to make things easier for me during my travels is just one piece of why they are great turo hosts. The accommodations that Puja made for me while renting the vehicle went above and beyond. It felt like I was talking to my own family. The thoughtfulness and personability from having a balloon in the car before my daughter had surgery to being flexible and adapting to the changes in my trip because of a rocky recovery will be a reason I would only ever rent from them. They truly made my trip better. Puja and Dil will always be my first choice when I am in Des Moines, and I will always remember how they made a terrible week a little bit better.

Tess Elizabeth R.
- March 9, 2022
Denise K.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Great vehicle in excellent condition. The host was extremely helpful and responsive. Top notch service...I would definitely rent again. Thanks for a great trip!

Denise K.
- June 12, 2022
Katie W.
Hyundai Venue 2020

Puja was really responsive and helpful. We would definitely rent from them again.

Katie W.
- May 30, 2022
Jacob A.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021

Fantastic experience. Best Turo host I’ve ever worked with. Thank you!

Jacob A.
- June 23, 2022
Joseph G.
GMC Terrain 2018

Derek was very helpful and prompt with the delivery and return of his vehicle. The vehicle matched the description. Dealing with Derek was a very smooth process. I will definitely use his services again when I return to Iowa!

Joseph G.
- May 29, 2022
Kaitlyn D.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021

Dylan was very friendly and the communication was fantastic! I would highly recommend to anyone

Kaitlyn D.
- June 13, 2022
Zebulun K.
GMC Terrain 2018

Vehicle was in excellent shape. Fast communication. All good.

Zebulun K.
- June 12, 2022
Benjamin H.
Toyota 4Runner 2020

Great truck for summer cruising!

Benjamin H.
- May 31, 2022
Phil B.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021

Dylan was great and the vehicle was spotless and perfect experience!

Phil B.
- June 1, 2022
Kecia R.
Chevrolet Suburban 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed driving Amber’s vehicle and appreciated its cleanliness and large interior. Amber was very easy to communicate with and always responded to our questions in a timely fashion. This was our first time using Turo. We had such a good experience that we will definitely be using it again!

Kecia R.
- June 1, 2022
Matthew J.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

Tony is a pro. He communicated extremely well and everything went as explained and expected. Highly recommend Tony.

Matthew J.
- June 14, 2022
Cory F.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

Great experience. First time using Turo and would definitely recommend. The vehicle was clean and Tony made the process very easy.

Cory F.
- June 17, 2022
Paul S.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Evelyn and Jack were great communicators and the car is very clean and new

Paul S.
- June 19, 2022
AWEISS BAKAR S.
Jeep Patriot 2016

Great ride to Cruz around with and she is a great host

AWEISS BAKAR S.
- June 6, 2022
JoLinn N.
Nissan Pathfinder 2019

Great ride! Chad was very attentive and it was a smooth process to pick up and drop off.

JoLinn N.
- June 8, 2022
Amberly A.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Had a great experience, would definitely recommend to a friend!

Amberly A.
- June 8, 2022
Angela B.
Mazda CX-5 2022

Cody was very professional and on time with drop off. The vehicle was clean and in good condition.

Angela B.
- June 13, 2022
Megan D.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Puja and Dil are fantastic! The car was clean and given thorough instructions on how to drive and use this fancy pants vehicle. Us 3 girls had a blast! Thanks guys…see you next time!

Megan D.
- June 10, 2022
Ryan M.
Mazda CX-5 2022

Great car and communicative host. Would book again

Ryan M.
- June 11, 2022
Jorge C.
Kia Seltos 2022

Everything was perfect. Easy pickup and dropoff.

Jorge C.
- June 15, 2022
Tiayu H.
Jeep Patriot 2016

Communication was prompt and informative. Super friendly.

Tiayu H.
- June 20, 2022
Ali A.
GMC Terrain 2018

I really liked the ride Derek's car is very comfortable and it has lots of cool features I'm sure if I go back to Iowa I will try it again

Ali A.
- June 22, 2022
Ulyanna W.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021

Dylan was so easy to work with and car was very nice and clean! The phone charger was a nice touch.

Ulyanna W.
- June 20, 2022
Jake P.
Honda CR-V 2018

Great car. Clean. No issues at all

Jake P.
- June 20, 2022
Chris G.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Evelyn is the best host. This was our first trip to use Turo, and Evelyn made it super easy. The car seat made our arrival very easy. I loved all of the free accessories that were available (chairs, cooler, child seat)! Check in and check out both were super fast and easy. My family is so thankful. We can't wait for the next trip. And the car is super premium, clean, and safe. Thank you!

Chris G.
- May 16, 2022
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
Ryan P.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Wonderful host!!! Great car - thank you very much!!

Ryan P.
- May 30, 2022
William N.
Nissan Pathfinder 2019

Chad was incredibly easy to work with - could not have gone better!

William N.
- June 10, 2022
Harold D.
Nissan Pathfinder 2019

Good communication with Chad. Easy to locate car and a very comfortable ride.

Harold D.
- June 16, 2022
James R.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2018

On time, friendly, clean, and above expectations. No gripes here. Wonderful job!

James R.
- June 17, 2022
Eric S.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Fantastic. Went off without a hitch. Highly recommend

Eric S.
- June 22, 2022
Andrea T.
Hyundai Palisade 2020

Ebi is wonderful! His wife literally went into labor the morning I was supposed to pickup the car and instead of canceling on me we kept in contact until he had a moment to grab the car for me and meet me. The car was clean, full tank of gas and ran great. He was quick to respond and very communicative throughout the whole process. Great guy!

Andrea T.
- June 24, 2022
Courtney K.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

Tony was fantastic. This was my first Turo rental and I had zero issues. Pick up instructions were straight forward and easy, car worked great and was super clean, and Tony answered all my questions, would absolutely rent from him again

Courtney K.
- May 19, 2022
Andy M.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021

Really nice car, much better than renting some bare minimum small sedan from a rental co

Andy M.
- May 10, 2022
Joe S.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

Good communication, easy to deal with

Joe S.
- April 21, 2022
Moncef F.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Awesome car for families, and renter. Very easy to coordinate drop off & pickup with.

Moncef F.
- April 18, 2022
Siaolong S.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013

Tony was awesome to work with. Fast response with great communication. Vehicle was everything as expected. Would definitely rent again.

Siaolong S.
- April 5, 2022
Miriam F.
Toyota Highlander 2021

Jack and Evelyn were very communicative and made renting their Highlander a breeze. The car is really nice and has lots of upgrades too, it's fun to drive!

Miriam F.
- April 25, 2022
Talor L.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017

Best Turo host ever! Highly recommend

Talor L.
- May 11, 2022
Jamie J.
Jeep Patriot 2016

Kris's truck was perfect for our weekend getaway. Kris was easy to communicate with before and during our trip. The vehicle was just as described, and drove great. I would definitely use Kris again in the future.

Jamie J.
- May 23, 2022

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Best Des Moines driving roads

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Highway T14

If you’re planning a day trip to Pella, travel along Highway T14 to get there. This fun drive through Iowa’s central countryside twists and turns as it skirts wildlife areas and Lake Red Rock. End your journey at Jaarsma Bakery for delicious Dutch pastries.

Neal Smith Bison Area Scenic Drive

Short but sweet, this 5-mile route loops around the Neal Smith Wildlife Area near Prairie City. As you drive, you’ll see gorgeous wildflowers, vast plains, and plenty of bison. You’ll need to stay in your car, but you can usually see the bison fine without getting out.

Saylorville Lake

Head toward Saylorville Lake and take 415 north to Polk City. As you wind along this curvy road, you’ll encounter beautiful lakeside views and picturesque campgrounds. Complete your trip by heading further North to Big Creek Lake, a lovely park with lots of recreational options.

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