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Des Moines, IA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 124
Total Sleeping Rooms 13,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 13,000
Committable Meeting Rooms* 37
Convention Center Space 286,300 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 150,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 28,800 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $107
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $167
*Maximum for a single hotel

Des Moines, IA Key Stats for Meeting Planners

Time Zone: Central Time (CT)
Convention Center(s):
Hotel at Convention Center? Yes
Sleeping Rooms 1 Mile from Convention Center: 2,322
Airport(s): Destination Type(s):
  • Golf Destination
  • Smoke-free Restaurants
  • Special Event Venues
  • 150
  • Population
  • 611,000
  • Restaurants
  • 1,000
  • Country Code
  • 1
  • Sales Tax
  • 6.00%
  • Currency
  • U.S. Dollar
  • Standard Tipping Practice
  • 10-20%
  • Electricity
  • 120V / 60Hz
  • Official Languages
  • English
Credit Cards and Travelers Cheques widely accepted? Yes

All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.

Cities Near Des Moines, IA

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Cedar Rapids, IA 128 mi 1 hr 56 min 3 hr 15 min USD $709+
Omaha, NE 135 mi N/A N/A N/A
Lincoln, NE 190 mi 3 hr 4 hr 28 min USD $611+
Kansas City, MO 193 mi 2 hr 58 min 3 hr 50 min USD $543+
Minneapolis, MN 244 mi 3 hr 40 min 1 hr 07 min USD $438+
Chicago, IL 334 mi N/A N/A N/A
St. Louis, MO 348 mi 5 hr 30 min 1 hr USD $221+

Des Moines, IA Climate Information

JanFeb MarApr MayJun JulAug SepOct NovDec
Avg. High (°F) 29 34 46 61 72 82 86 84 76 65 47 34
Avg. Low (°F) 11 16 27 40 51 61 66 64 54 43 29 17
Rec. High (°F) 65 70 91 93 98 103 105 108 99 95 76 69
Rec. Low (°F) -24 -20 -22 9 28 42 47 40 28 14 -4 -22
Rainfall (in) 1.1 1.2 2.3 3.3 4.0 4.3 3.7 4.0 3.1 2.3 1.8 1.3

Similar to most Midwestern cities, Des Moines has a humid continental climate that sees a wide range of weather conditions and four very distinct seasons. The summer months see an average high temperature of 86°F, while temperatures in the winter drop to a chilly 32°F. Winters have moderate to heavy snowfall that transforms the city into a powdery white wonderland. Rainfall typically occurs during the months of May and June with precipitation averaging 33 inches annually.

Although there is a high variability in Des Moines' weather conditions, the city's extensive climate-controlled skywalk system allows visitors to enjoy the city in comfort year-round. However, the absolute best time to visit Des Moines is autumn, when the weather is sunny and dry.

 
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