Top Attractions in Des Moines
Historic Valley Junction and other shopping
This west-suburban antiquing district with 150 shops is an appealing antique itself. Valley Junction boomed in the 1890s when freight and passenger trains rumbled through every day, and businesses grew up around the railroad stop. Today, visitors will find specialty stores, art galleries, restaurants and more among the historic buildings. Just a few miles west is the largest new shopping complex in Iowa: Jordan Creek Town Center, an upscale West Des Moines mall with stores like Sephora and J. Crew (515/440-6255; jordancreektowncenter.com).