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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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Hit the road

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

James H.
Chevrolet Camaro 2015

The car is fully capable & surprisingly roomy compared to my 1987 Camaro!

James H.
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Jeannie B.
Nissan Sentra 2018

Car was great to drive and clean!

Jeannie B.
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Kiersten F.
Kia Optima 2020

Clean car.

Kiersten F.
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Aaron A.
Lexus ES 350 2017

By far the best host I’ve rented from.

Aaron A.
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Axton K.
Tesla Model 3 2023

What a great option for those flying into Des Moines.

Axton K.
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John F.
Acura TLX 2015

Kyle was a pleasure to rent from and the car was great.

John F.
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Mark C.
Dodge Charger 2019

Loved the car!

Mark C.
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Sean M.
Tesla Model 3 2018

Awesome car and great host.

Sean M.
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Annmarie W.
Ford Mustang 2019

Natalie was a pleasure to deal with , very accommodating and i would highly recommend her .

Annmarie W.
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John P.
Kia Optima 2020

Car was in great shape, and very affordable.

John P.
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Jake S.
FIAT 500 2015

Tony was quick to reply and helped me with my first Turo experience. 10/10 would recommend and the next time in Des Moines I’ll use Turo again because of him.

Jake S.
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Marylou V.
Lexus ES 2017

The car was super clean, drove well and did not have any issues.

Marylou V.
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Jesse H.
Tesla Model 3 2022

Austin was a great host and stayed in communication with me throughout my reservation.

Jesse H.
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Amarantha B.
Chevrolet Camaro 2015

I enjoyed my ride around the Des Moines area in this nice ride.

Amarantha B.
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Brittany B.
Lexus ES 2017

I'm glad I chose this vehicle for my 1st trip.

Brittany B.
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Heather A.
Buick LaCrosse 2016

Mark was great at hosting his car for us.

Heather A.
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ASHLEY NICHOLE O.
Tesla Model 3 2023

Being the 1st time using Turo and driving an EV, Austin and his partner made the process 100x easier than it ever has been using commercial rental companies.

ASHLEY NICHOLE O.
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Brent D.
Tesla Model 3 2018

The host came through when I was in a pinch just past midnight when all rental car companies were closed.

Brent D.
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Celeste M.
Tesla Model 3 2023

Austin made the rental process very easy.

Celeste M.
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Frederick H.
Toyota Prius 2017

Car pickup was better than any of the big rental car places.

Frederick H.
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Sean H.
Nissan Sentra 2018

Don’t know how the traditional rental car companies survive with a service like this.

Sean H.
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Marco N.
Kia Forte 2023

Great vehicle and price.

Marco N.
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Joseph L.
Dodge Challenger 2016

Great car and a great price!

Joseph L.
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Churro Magic LLC ..
Ford Mustang 2019

The car was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed driving it!

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Kyle S.
Kia Forte 2023

John was awesome from the start and everything with the reservation went very smooth.

Kyle S.
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Andres Y.
Tesla Model 3 2022

Absolutely loved the car and price.

Andres Y.
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Vivek S.
Hyundai Sonata 2019

Car looked stylish.

Vivek S.
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David S.
Kia Optima 2020

Tony has it together, the mainstream rental car companies better watch out for this guy.

David S.
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Hongguang S.
Ford Mustang 2019

The car is very good, powerful, and very stable at high speeds.

Hongguang S.
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Ali P.
Kia Forte 2023

Mark is the best.

Ali P.
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Alexandra J.
Kia Forte 2023

The very best turo host you couldn't imagine.

Alexandra J.
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Chad R.
FIAT 500 2015

This was a great car would rent again

Chad R.
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Tara R.
Kia Optima 2020

Loved the car it was great to drive and I would love to rent again from Tony!

Tara R.
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Kimea C.
Lexus ES 2017

Wonderful car was clean nice smelling, John was pleasant, accommodating and flexible was very helpful while my car was in the shop for repair.

Kimea C.
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Tony O.
Kia Optima 2020

Seamless rental experience.

Tony O.
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Skyler P.
FIAT 500 2015

Car was very clean, easy to find.

Skyler P.
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David G.
Genesis G70 2023

Service perfect, Car perfect.

David G.
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Grace W.
Cadillac XTS 2016

I had a great time with Jeremy’s car.

Grace W.
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Darrell K.
Tesla Model 3 2019

Gave easy and precise instructions loved the car and was perfect with the all wheel drive for the light snow and rain we encountered.

Darrell K.
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Kody W.
Tesla Model 3 2019

Had a blast in driving the Tesla during our vacation.

Kody W.
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Micah H.
Tesla Model 3 2022

Austin and Adam provided a great experience with the rental!

Micah H.
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Kristin V.
Kia Optima 2020

This was my first experience using this service rather than a national rental company at the airport, and I can honestly say that I will never stand in line for a rental car again.

Kristin V.
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Stephanie D.
Lexus ES 2017

John and Barbara were fantastic to rent from and went above and beyond.

Stephanie D.
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Carlie C.
Genesis G70 2023

This is my second time renting with Matt, he always makes everything easy and convent!

Carlie C.
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Korey R.
FIAT 500 2015

Tony was great to work with. Fast and clear communication made the experience easy and smooth.

Korey R.
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Dre M.
Kia Forte 2023

CLEAN RELIABLE AND CRISP SMOOTH RIDE!! Satisfied Customer Forsure! Very flexible, awesome host! Until next time Mark!

Dre M.
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Angel R.
Kia Forte 2023

Amazing person in the world truly appreciate

Angel R.
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Sam F.
Kia Optima 2020

Great host with excellent communication and a reliable vehicle. Thank you!

Sam F.
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Shelby W.
Tesla Model 3 2022

I had a wonderful experience! Every clean! Austin and Adam were very communicative and helpful! Thank you for everything!

Shelby W.
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Jake M.
Kia Forte 2023

Highly recommend this ride & John is super Accommodating & Friendly!

Jake M.
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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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