GET TO KNOW Des Moines
Des Moines may be overlooked by some because it lies halfway between Tacoma and Seattle. Yet it has a character of its own. Des Moines is nicknamed "The Waterland City" because its gentle topography gives residents easy access to Puget Sound on its western edge. The city operates recreational marina boat launches and a 670-foot fishing pier. There is also the 20-acre Des Moines Beach Park. Whose stunning views and trails make it a popular destination for families, athletes, and revelers year-round.
WHERE TO SHOP
Zenith Holland Gardens: Giving year-round love to your garden (and houseplants) is easy thanks to this wonderful nursery.
WHERE TO CHILL
Marine View Espresso: A cozy, locally owned café that specializes in gourmet crepes and specialty coffee (Zoka).
WHERE TO BE OUTSIDE
Des Moines Beach Park: 20-acres of waterfront green space with trails, a walking path, picnic areas, play areas and more.
WHERE TO EAT
Via Marina: Classic Italian dishes, Neapolitan pizzas fired in an imported wood-fired oven, and an extensive Italian wine list. Primo!
WHERE TO DRINK
Yardarm Pub: A dark, cavernous, but friendly dive with pool tables, a fireplace and great burgers.
LIVE IN Des Moines
$342 kCondo Avg.
$431 kSingle Family Avg.
$1,4952 Bedroom Rent