Of course it's a State capital, so you have a Capitol, a business district, a University, nice parks and bicycle trails, nice bridges across its eponym river, and even a State flag and city name that both seem almost French: Des Moines.
Yet the real attraction is the State Farmground.
Although it was not active, I rode thru the barns for the different sorts of cattle: you can hardly imagine how this large market can feel when filled with live animals and people.
Not to forget that it must be also quite festive as just next to the market, there's a loop for stock car racing and the usual eats & drinks. I'm looking forward to next opportunity to see one live.
Let's go west then.
* Iowa State Fair