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Cabins near Des Moines

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Top-rated cabins in Des Moines

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Cabin in Norwalk
Private lake, lodge & 23 acres south of Des Moines
Amazing, secluded 23 acres of property highlighted with a 6 BR lodge and your own PRIVATE lake. For the bike enthusiast, the famous 17 mile Great Western bike trail is located right at the driveway. For the kids or kid-at-heart, enjoy numerous activities & games: - basketball court - sand VB court - 6 kayaks - 2 ping pong tables - billiards table - air hockey - 2 foosball tables - numerous board & card games - ladder ball, bag toss Located <15 miles south of Des Moines/Jordan Creek Mall.
$728 per night
Cabin in Saint Charles
NEW! St Charles 'Hilltop Mansion' w/ Mod Interior!
Plan your next cozy Midwest getaway when you book this charming cabin, lovingly nicknamed 'Hilltop Mansion.' The 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom vacation rental is perfect for families, friends, or couples looking to escape big-city life and retreat to a slower-paced country setting. Look forward to prepping meals in the stunning kitchen, swimming in the indoor pool all year round, and hiking or hunting in the surrounding areas. You can also take day trips to Des Moines and Winterset for more adventure!
$207 per night
Cabin in Des Moines
Cozy Cabin 2 bedroom 1 bath, 2 miles to Downtown
Cheerful fully fenced 2 bedroom cabin, near the heart of Downtown Des Moines. Cozy cabin home offers: a patio off the back, fire pit and grill, basic cooking utensils, salt/pepper/cooking spray, toaster, coffee maker, teabags, decaf coffee, creamer and sweetener to get you started. Dining area: Dinning table for four, we also offer additional seating for two more guest. Living room space: one confort sofa, smart tv. Bedrooms: Two bedrooms are equipped with queen beds, nightstands. B
$98 per night

Stay near Des Moines's top sights

Photo of Wells Fargo Arena
Wells Fargo Arena28 locals recommend
Photo of Iowa State Fairgrounds
Iowa State Fairgrounds27 locals recommend
Photo of Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo47 locals recommend
Photo of Merle Hay Mall
Merle Hay Mall7 locals recommend
Photo of Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Pappajohn Sculpture Park78 locals recommend
Photo of Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden53 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Des Moines

Rental unit in Historic East Village
Cozy, free parking, fast Wi-Fi & amazing location!
$53 per night
Guest suite in Des Moines
Cheerful & Cozy Studio - Fully Private Entrance
$38 per night
Guest suite in Des Moines
Cozy 1 bd/1ba near Downtown & Drake
$43 per night
Rental unit in Historic East Village
Frontdesk | Inviting 1BR Apt
$70 per night
Rental unit in Downtown Des Moines
Frontdesk | Downtown 1 BR near Shopping
$70 per night
Rental unit in Downtown Des Moines
Frontdesk | Bright 1 BR in Gateway District
$72 per night
Rental unit in Historic East Village
Frontdesk | Bright Studio in Capitol View South
$69 per night
Rental unit in Historic East Village
✧Breathtaking 1BD Apt + Gym | Downtown Des Moines✧
$69 per night
Rental unit in Downtown Des Moines
Cozy Extended Stay | In-Unit W/D • Gym • Fast WiFi
$45 per night
Loft in Des Moines
Spacious Loft with Jacuzzi & Free Parking
$56 per night
Condo in Downtown Des Moines
Luxe Penthouse Suite, Des Moines Historic Building
$85 per night
Rental unit in Des Moines
Stylish 1 Bed Apt w/ Free Parking Near Drake
$49 per night

Your guide to Des Moines

All About Des Moines

Des Moines is a thriving Midwestern hub where the streets are peppered with green spaces, an urban pocket in an otherwise agriculture-dominated state. Iowa’s capital is home to 76 city parks, including Greenwood Park, where you can meander through Pappajohn Sculpture Park’s outdoor gallery. There are more than 800 miles of walking, cycling, and hiking trails to explore here too. Water Works Park, directly across from Gray’s Lake in the city center, has 1,500 acres of wooded space where you can cast a line for shortnose gar or go horseback riding.

Des Moines’s arts scene includes massive public installations — such as the downtown Art Route, comprising 87 pieces extending across more than six miles — as well as numerous live entertainment venues, from small dive bars to the Riverfront Amphitheater. West Des Moines’ historic Valley Junction is a renovated railroad district with fashion boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants in red brick buildings.

Much of the food here centers around the vast farmlands surrounding the city. Des Moines’ eclectic mix of farm-to-table restaurants and food trucks put local produce in the spotlight. You can get a taste of the city staple Steak de Burgo, which has been a favorite here since the 1930s, alongside craft beers and speakeasy cocktails in the dining corridor between Grand Avenue and East Court Avenue, which spans the river.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Des Moines?

Des Moines has typical Midwest weather — hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Spring can bring frequent afternoon thunderstorms, but the skies generally clear up quickly. In spring and summer, you can spend a Saturday morning perusing local produce and handmade art from hundreds of vendors at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market. Don’t let the humidity in summer keep you away from the annual Des Moines Arts Festival, which hosts over 180 national artists, held in June.

Crisp fall days are perfect for enjoying the annual Oktoberfest held in late September — two days filled with polka music, German food, beer tents, and dancing. Temperatures drop come winter, and the accompanying snow makes this the perfect time for skiers and snowboarders to secure their vacation rentals in Des Moines and hit the slopes.

What are the top things to do in Des Moines?

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

The John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Western Gateway Park houses more than two dozen works by artists from around the world. You can wander around the 4.4-acre grounds, admiring the life-size sculptures and thoughtful landscape design. Sculpture Park Exploration Guides are available from the Des Moines Art Center to promote an interactive experience for people of all ages. The park is open from sunrise to midnight, and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic.

Saylorville Lake

Located on the Des Moines River just north of the city, Saylorville Lake contains over 26,000 acres of beautiful woodland, wetlands, and prairie habitats. The lake has several beaches and multiple boat launches you can take advantage of too. For a leisurely afternoon hike, stretch your legs along the Saylorville Lake Shore Trail.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Nestled behind the John Pat Dorrian Trail on the eastern bank of the Des Moines River, this seven-acre garden includes a historically significant bonsai tree collection, a tranquil water garden with more than 100 water lilies, and an 80-foot geodesic dome where you’ll find towering palms, delicate orchids, and diverse cacti in a tropical environment.

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