If you're planning on taking a Midwest vacation, make it a trip to Des Moines. This locale is the heart of the Hawkeye State and offers a wide array of attractions, from Native American sites to cultural museums to the state Capitol building. It's also the largest city in the state, which means you're going to need a dependable vehicle to get you and the family around. Right now, Dollar Rent A Car is offering excellent Des Moines discounts on a variety of Des Moines rental cars. There are also plenty of free things to do that can keep the family entertained while saving you some big bucks.
Visit the State Historical Museum of Iowa
Take your Des Moines car rental to Locust Street located in the city's downtown and you'll find the State Historical Museum of Iowa. This institution offers free admission to all and tells the story of the state's history through a multitude of exhibits. You can peruse old documents and artifacts that reveal details about the people who lived in a simpler time as well as those who helped make Iowa what it is today. Visit the expansive history and genealogy libraries and stop by the open atrium for as beautiful skyline view. While you're here, be sure to take notice of the beautifully designed building - the modern structure is comprised of glass and granite.
Tour the Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Park your Des Moines car rental downtown and explore the Pappajohn Sculpture Park by foot. The 4.4-mile landscape contains nearly 30 works by more than 20 world-renowned artists. The collection actually belongs to the Des Moines Art Center - it's the largest donation the center has ever received. Trek the park yourself or sign up for a guided tour for a small fee. Either way, pack a picnic beforehand and enjoy an afternoon meal out on the grass.