Des Moines, Iowa has long been a year-round tourist destination. The first settlers arrived in the area in the mid-1800s, and although the city has lost a bit of its appeal to tourists over the years, it still retains some of its rustic charm. Visitors are greeted warmly by the friendly citizens of Des Moines. Two popular attractions that have become major tourist draws are the National Museum of Natural History and the Science and Technology Museum, which is headquarters to the highly acclaimed Iowa State Museum.
Visitors can plan their vacation around any of these popular attractions, or they can simply seek out one or more of the Des Moines Register's Best of Iowa picks for the month of February. Both events are free and open to the public, and they are located in different parts of the downtown area. The first of these, the Science and Technology Museum, is devoted to the science community and features a wide range of exhibits. Visitors may take free bus tours of the museum, and many of the exhibits may be previewed during special events. Other exhibits include “Ansel Adams: Paintings and the American West,” and “The New Millennium: A History of the World in Our Galaxy.”
The second event, the annual Des Moines Energy Fest, is held every May. Celebrities and politicians from both parties are invited to attend, along with local representatives. The event is designed to bring together local businesses and community leaders to explore alternative forms of energy. Visitors can look forward to an abundance of outdoor activities, including biking, walking, kayaking, water-skiing, geocaching, and more.
Although there might be some concerns regarding the weather forecast for both events, the latter event is considered a “dry” climate due to the relative humidity and heat. Therefore, visitors will likely not be as concerned with the heat as they would be with the humidity. And since the city of Des Moines is considered a “dry” city, you can expect the same temperatures that you would experience in Phoenix or Tucson. Relative humidity is typically around 55% during the summer season and slightly lower during winter.
When it comes to the day weather, Des Moines has a relatively mild climate, which makes it a nice choice for both summer and fall. However, spring and fall are considering “rainy” climates, which may cause concern if you like to do sports outdoors on those warmer days. It's important to remember that Des Moines usually experiences a light covering of rain throughout the spring and fall seasons, but you should avoid attempting any outdoor activities when it begins to rain. The light covering of rain does not usually last long, but it does make the environment a bit more uncomfortable for you and other . . . . . . outdoor enthusiasts.
As for the future, there is some mild chance of an early dusting of the corn, which is usually seen in the early spring and fall seasons. Also, there is a slight chance of a new fire outbreak, which typically happens during the late part of February and the beginning of March. If you are concerned about dust or smoke, there is now a new program that will allow you to search your area using an online map, so you won't have to worry about where the smoke or dust is originating from. The new program is known as Google Earth, and is free to use.