Des Moines deals and free attractions
Many people think of Des Moines as a meager Midwestern city, but it's actually a thriving urban center with a lot to offer. You can taste the flavors of its many breweries and wineries, have fun at a multitude of festivals and experience some exciting Gray's Lake adventures. The city doesn't have the most reliable public transportation system, so visitors often take advantage of affordable Des Moines rental cars during their vacations. If you rent through Thrifty Car Rental, you'll get Des Moines deals on already low-priced vehicles. Then use your vehicle to get to these money-saving sites:
Des Moines Art Center
With a Des Moines car rental, you're only a few minutes from the Des Moines Art Center. Admission is free thanks to funding by the Principal Financial Group and members of the center. The three buildings that make up the institution are filled with a massive collection that focuses on contemporary art. You'll find 19th and 20th century pieces by famous names like Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and Francis Bacon. Don't miss out on Henri Matisse's modernist masterpiece, "Woman in White." The building itself is a work to behold - it was designed by renowned architects Eliel Saarinen, Richard Meier and I. M. Pei.
State Historical Museum
When you roll up in your Des Moines car rental at the State Historical Museum on Locust Street, you'll find a modern glass and granite structure. It's located right at the foot of the Capitol building. The institution has an array of temporary and permanent exhibits depicting all aspects of Iowa's history. Learn about the people and icons, famous events and mainstream issues that help make the state what it is today. There's also a genealogy library on the grounds and a museum store.