See: Iowa State Capitol (It’s the only five-domed capitol in the country – with a central dome modeled after the Invalides in Paris. We opted for the self-guided tour, although longer guided tours are available free of charge. Note: the Library is not to be missed)
See: Des Moines Art Center (expansive permanent collection of modern art in addition to touring exhibitions – currently Ghanaian artist El Anatsui’s large format art installations)
Do: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (domed conservatory – new outdoor gardens will open in Summer 2014)
Drink: Exile Brewing Company (recently opened brewery in the downtown area)
Drink: El Bait Shop (a beer drinker’s paradise – 100 beers on tap and over 120 in bottles!)
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- 07.24.21 : Got to explore the recently-reopened Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ. It’s one of those sites that lives up to the hype. One benefit of Covid restrictions is that our tour group was only five people plus guide.07.24.21 : Checked out the overview of Horseshoe Bend the day after we kayaked around it on the water.07.23.21 : Kayaked down a gentle 10 miles of the Colorado River from Horseshoe Bend to Lee’s Ferry, AZ. We got back hauled up the river by @kayakthecolorado.07.22.21 : Explored a secret little permit-only area of Vermillion Cliffs National Monumenr. No, it’s not “The Wave” but it’s similar and we were the only people to be found for miles around, so it was even better.07.21.21 : Hiked 10 miles round trip down the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs. The 3,300 feet of elevation gain in the heat was tough, but it’s an incredible trail. This is the Redwall Bridge about 2.8 miles and 2,100 feet down from the rim.07.20.21 : Saw some crazy rain and thunderstorm action while at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Second pic was later that evening with clear skies.