Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa, but whether you're just passing through from Cedar Rapids or coming in from Davenport, the most convenient mode of ground travel is a charter bus. Shofur specializes in helping travelers find the ideal bus for their specific travel scenario. Our bus service isn't just affordable: it's pure elegance on wheels. You and all of your travel companions can enjoy a luxurious means of travel that's so much more than "Point A to Point B". With a Shofur bus, you can experience Iowa in total comfort and reliability. And that's going to take a lot of pressure off your mind, because there's a ton of great things to see in this great city - let's take a look at a few of them.
Have a Blast at the Iowa State Fairgrounds
Easily one of the most enjoyable activities in Des Moines, the Iowa State Fairgrounds are absolutely huge - Iowa is lucky enough to boast one of the largest state fairgrounds in the country. There's plenty of parking for your Shofur bus, so pack your family and friends in and head on down. Not with family? Business owners, keep in mind that the state fairgrounds also make for an excellent employee reward day! Whoever you decide to arrive with, you can expect a sprawling complex full of games, amusements, and rides - we suggest the miniature roller coaster for the kids in your group, and the Ferris wheel as a romantic getaway.
The Best Short Detour in the City: The Blank Park Zoo
If your bus is loaded with animal lovers, the best place to make a stop for the afternoon along your travels is the Blank Park Zoo. It's completely kid-friendly, so the little passengers on your bus are sure to be delighted with all of the animals to see and interact with, some familiar and some very exotic. As one of the largest zoos in the state, plan to spend at least two to three hours exploring all of the different attractions. Guided tours are available on select days, and if you're there on time, we highly suggest participating in one of these educational walks. The Blank Park Zoo is completely bus friendly and offers affordable parking rates.
A Nationally Recognized Top 10 Farmer's Market
Do you and your companions love shopping? How about excellent local cuisine? Crafts? Flowers? Live entertainment? All of this and more is what you can expect on a typical day at the Downtown Farmer's Market. Wander the locally owned and operated stalls and find a curiosity, the perfect gift, or something delicious. The Des Moines Farmer's Market is recognized within the United States as being a member of the top 10 farmer's markets in the country. This positioning is well deserved, as when you and your group arrive, you can expect to explore the offerings of well over 100 vendors. Bus parking is completely free, so stop by and make an afternoon of it!
Historical Attractions and Landmarks: Historic East Village
As you make your way through the city, one of the best quick detours to delight the history buffs on your bus is the historic East Village. While there's plenty of modern attractions in the East Village, with nearly 100 restaurants, locally owned shops, and live entertainment venues, passengers can enjoy a luxurious ride through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Look out the window or stop to enjoy architecture, which has been remarkably well preserved for decades - in fact, a group of adamant history fans saved many of the buildings from demolition in the early 2000s. You and your passengers can reap the rewards of their efforts on a historic drive.
Sporting Events at Drake Stadium
Iowa is known for its love of sports, all the way from pee wee football to the NFL. And there's plenty more than football here, with Iowans enjoying just about every sport imaginable, from soccer to basketball and rugby to hockey. When you're in the city, we recommend taking your bus to Drake Stadium to catch a Bulldogs home game. Not only is the stadium a great place to watch some high-impact sporting events, it's also got quite a bit of history under its belt too: it was opened in 1915 and named after Jim Duncan, the famous announcer.
For your next business trip or family outing - whether it's for a few days or just a few hours - why not consider taking the stress out of traveling in multiple vehicles and getting a high quality bus rental through Shofur? Our trained agents are standing by 24/7 to take your call, answer any and all questions you may have, and help you to find the perfect bus for your needs. Des Moines is a beautiful city, and we'd love to assist you to enjoy the sights and sounds in total comfort.