I was hesitant about moving to Des Moines. I was offered a job and had one question to answer: “Is Des Moines better than my current town?” The answer was yes. So I took the job with the plan to spend 2-3 years here. I’ve now lived in the metro for 5.5 years and have no plans of moving. Many things have sold me on Des Moines including affordable living, low crime rate, short commutes and a small town vibe with big city things like amazing restaurants, theater and sports. With that said, here are seven things I like to brag about Des Moines to people who don’t live here.
I love just about anything that’s free or almost free. The metro is full of fun things to do that don’t cost a dime – the , concerts and to name a few. Plus, there are random festivals on summer weekends.
When I first moved to Des Moines, I was blown away by how active everyone was. It seemed like each person I met was a marathoner or avid cyclist. It’s easy to see why though – there are so many rides, runs and races to participate in. Whether just for fun – like the or for serious – like the , if someone isn’t active, it’s for lack of interest not lack of options.
The awesome thing about the trail system in Des Moines is that it winds through the city before hitting the open fields. You can hop on and off at spots all around town. There are still trails I haven’t explored – and that’s OK. It’s proof there are endless opportunities to
As we all know, craft breweries are the new thing. So it’s a good thing Des Moines has several to quench the thirst of natives, newcomers and visitors. is on the top of my list while my husband can’t get enough of – and loves that Hy-Vee sells growlers of it.