Saturday, April 22, 2017

Springtime in Des Moines, Iowa

The past three weeks, I have traveled from Denver to Chicago, to Minneapolis, to Wisconsin, to Detroit, to Des Moines, and to Omaha.  I have flown in and out of seven airports, slept in six different hotels and I can't even remember how many different restaurants I have eaten at.

I have always enjoyed traveling and seeing new places.  I have seen many new sites in the past weeks, but one of the spectacular viewing was the Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa.

Iowa is located in the Midwestern United States.  It is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River on west.  It is known for its rolling plains and cornfields.  The population of the state is over three million.  One of the major landmarks of the state is the State Capitol located in Des Moines.

When I landed in Des Moines on Monday, the temperature was 75, sunny and low humidity.  It was a perfect day!  The hotel that I was staying in was about six blocks from the Capitol.

After setting up the room for training on the next day, I ventured out into the downtown area and soaked in the sun and the warmth.  My walk to the Capitol was very pleasant as I observed the paintings on the buildings, the quaint restaurants, the adorable boutiques and the lofts.

As I got closer to the Capitol grounds, I knew that this capitol was unique.  This is the only Capitol in the country that has five domes.  Most capitols only have one dome.  It was built from 1871 to 1886 and it covers 17 acres.  The grounds were covered with flowers and the blooming of the various ornamental trees.

Des Moines is a unique city located on the Des Moines River.  The population of this metro area(five counties) is approximately 600,000.  It is the number one spot of U.S. insurance companies.

Des Moines is an important city in U.S. Presidential politics.  As the state's capital, it is the site of the first caucuses of the presidential primary cycle.

On my bucket list, one of the items is seeing the fifty U.S. capitols.  I still have many more to see, but at least I was able to see the Des Moines Capitol in the spring time.  I was able to capture this view with the red bud trees in bloom.

1 comment:

  1. I love travelling discovering new places and seeing new things