May 15 - Panther Caravan - West Des Moines
The name Des Moines came from the river that early French explorers called “Le Riviere de Moingona,” most likely derived from the French words “de Moyen,” meaning the middle.
Why Des Moines Rocks...
According to “Today Money”, Des Moines is where “regular folks can live the rich life.” The cost of living is almost 10% below the average for the country. Iowa’s capital city was recently named the best city for business and career by Forbes Magazine along with the #1 place to raise a family and the best city for young professionals.
Where to Live...
Altoona: Just five minutes east of Downtown Des Moines. You can catch a rollercoaster and racetracks at Adventureland Park. Altoona is also home to the 476,000 square-foot Facebook data center.
Downtown Des Moines: Experience all the wonderful things a capital city has to offer: cultural festivals, sporting events, patio dining, trails, a free downtown shuttle, and climate- controlled skywalks.
Johnston: Located in north Des Moines which has seen the most growth over the years and recently ranked the “third best place to live in Iowa.” Johnston is known for its kite festivals, summer concerts, and 34+ miles of trails.
Pleasant Hill: Located in east Des Moines near the Iowa State Fairgrounds and three golf courses are in close proximity. Make sure to check out the homemade ice cream shop- Over the Top.
Urbandale: Located on the northwest corner of the Des Moines metro. Urbandale has over 40 miles of trails and you can experience hand-on learning at Living History Family Farms.
West Des Moines: Home to the Jordan Creek Town Center: the largest shopping complex in Iowa and the second-largest city in the Des Moines metro area. West Des Moines has shopping, nightlife, and restaurants.
Where to Play...
Des Moines is a city for all the seasons.
Blank Park Zoo: “Iowa’s Wildest Adventure!” Experience the nature found in the tropical rainforests, Australian Outback and Africa.
Downtown Farmers’ Market: Support more than 300 entrepreneurs from 58 counties across the state.
Iowa Cubs: Cheer on the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The I-Clubs play in the 11,000 seat Principal Park.
Grays’ Lake: Located south of Des Moines you can rend paddle boats, practice yoga, or get in a work-out.
Where to Dine...
Court Avenue Brewing Company: Sample some locally brewed beers downtown Des Moines.
Centro: Enjoy drinks, coal-fired oven pizza and the famous Centro salad at one of the most popular restaurants in Des Moines.
Waterfront Seafood Market: Features a large selection of seafood purchased directly from fishing boats.
Americana Restaurant & Lounge: A grill cheese station is one of the highlights of this downtown brunch spot.
Okoboji Grill: A proud Iowa based restaurant that is a great place to cheer on the Panthers with fellow UNI fans. They are known for their great service and hearty portions!