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Iowa Meeting & Event Planning City Guide

Iowa meeting and event planning programs concentrate on cities like Des Moines, Sioux City and the Quad Cities. Des Moines is the largest city in the state, with direct flights. The Quad Cities straddle Iowa and Illinois along the Mississippi River, are gaming destinations that offer both new and historic hotels, theaters, museums and parks. Sioux City also adds meeting and event planning in Iowa, with the Tyson Events Center, Orpheum Theatre, and Sioux City Art Center.

Iowa Meeting Destinations

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Cedar Rapids, IA

Planning meetings and events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, means having a choice of cultural venues like the Rapid City Museum of Art.

Hotels30
Total Sleeping Rooms2,632
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
267
Convention Ctr Space80,000 Sq. Ft.

Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA

The insurance capital of the west, Iowa's Des Moines is fast becoming a destination for meeting and event planning. A four-mile skywalk links downtown meeting venues with hotels, shops and restaurants.

Hotels35
Total Sleeping Rooms4,500
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
415
Convention Ctr Space226,000 Sq. Ft.

Sioux City, IA

Sioux City, IA

Meeting and event planning in Sioux City features prime Lewis & Clark country, the 131-seat Frederick & Alice Stark Lecture Hall and Grandview Park, which has a band shell, seating and a rose garden with more than 300 varieties.

Hotels21
Total Sleeping Rooms754
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space35,000 Sq. Ft.

Iowa City/Coralville, IA

Iowa City/Coralville, IA

Meeting and event planning in Iowa City metropolitan statistical area also includes Coralville, once a important stop on the Mormon migration.

Hotels24
Total Sleeping Rooms2,037
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
250
Convention Ctr Space60,000 Sq. Ft.

Ottumwa, IA

Ottumwa, IA

Coal was once its driving force in Ottumwa, the seat of Wapello County; in recent times, arts and culture has taken the place of manufacturing, producing new Ottumwa event venues that welcome groups with open arms.

Hotels7
Total Sleeping Rooms335
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Quad Cities, IA

Quad Cities, IA

Quad Cities is actually five cities, the entire better for event and meeting planners. Events at the Isle Casino Hotel benefit from using Iowa’s largest hotel.

Hotels30
Total Sleeping Rooms1,342
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

West Des Moines, IA

West Des Moines, IA

From the "manliest restaurant" to the Victorian Jordan House, meeting and event planning in West Des Moines cuts a wide swath among fascinating venues. Strong industry ensures plenty to choose from.

Hotels15
Total Sleeping Rooms2,039
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

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