Information for Optional Tours
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Explore the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden in downtown Des Moines. The seven-acre public garden includes a water garden, a perennial garden, and may other attractions. Within the site's geodesic dome are more than 1750 species of plants. Lunch will be at the Trellis Cafe. Before heading back to the Iowa Events Center, the bus will make a stop at the Robert D. Ray Asian Garden, a small park located adjacent to the Des Moines river. It includes an impressive Asian pavillion, stone pagodas, and waterfalls.
Step back in history at Terrace Hill, which was built by Iowa's first millionaire in 1869 and is now the residence of Iowa's governor. Enjoy a guided tour through the first two floors of the restored Second Empire mansion. Wondering what the impressive building is that anchors the east end of downtown Des Moines? It is the Iowa State Capitol, which was completed in 1866. A tour guide will share its history and a few stories and point out the magnificent beauty of the building and its decor. Enjoy your boxed lunch either in the lobby of the capitol or in the surrounding park.
Pella Iowa Dutch Community tour sheet - Departs 9:00 a.m., returns 3:00 p.m. Cost $55
Experience the Pella Historical Village and see what life was like in the 1840s. Tour the Vermeer Windmill-the tallest working windmill in North America. Enjoy a catered Dutch lunch in the graneur of the Pella Opera House and have a chance to see the Klokkenspel. Stop by one of the bakeries, the meat market, and the shops before heading back to Des Moines.
Experience firsthand the Bridges of Madison Country, followed by lunch at the Northside Cafe. After lunch, select from either the John Wayne Birthplace Museum or the Iowa Quilt Museum. Winterset is a haven for quilters, quilt lovers, history buffs, and those who appreciate Amerian art and culture.