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Des Moines' transformation
Every summer during the 11-day run of the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines is home to more foods on a stick than you can, well, shake a stick at. But look beyond the corn dogs--and the cornfields--and you might just be surprised: Iowa's unassuming capital (metro population: 564,900) has taken a turn for the hip.
A burgeoning fine-dining scene, arts offerings worthy of a larger metro, upscale shopping destinations and family-friendly attractions have transformed Des Moines into a fun midsize place to spend a weekend.
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