Iowa State Fair Hotels & Vacation Rentals

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Planning a Trip to the Iowa State Fair for Rides, Competitions and Much More

Every August, visitors from all over Iowa and beyond flock to the State Fair Grounds for eleven days celebrating the very best in Iowan agriculture and craft. Iowa's event is located centrally, close to downtown Des Moines and with several Iowa State Fair hotels offering accommodation nearby. Over a million people attend each year and many enter livestock, produce or handcrafted items in the hope of winning a coveted first place ribbon. If you are interested in food the Iowa state fair is one of the best, with a huge range of producers selling every type of food under the sun. The state fair is also about letting your hair down and having fun, whether that be on the fairground rides or dancing to live music.

Must-Try Foods at the Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair is one of the nation's best when it comes to food. Each day at the fair there are over 200 different options, from tried and tested American favorites to international cuisine and things you have never eaten before. The 'on a stick' foods are by far and away the most popular, with some truly innovative creations.

Explore Accommodations Near Iowa State Fair

Apartment ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
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Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
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Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
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Top Attractions at the Iowa State Fair

If you are from outside Des Moines, staying in Iowa State Fair vacation rentals close to the event lets you make the most of each and every day. The program is published online, so check in advance if there is a particular agricultural class or demonstration which interests you. The Iowa State Fair mixes performances from the top names from the pop and country music scene with thrill rides, food concessions and family friendly entertainment.

Great Places to Stay Near Iowa State Fair

Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
from $76
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
from $76
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
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Top Tips to Know Before You Go to the Iowa State Fair

You don't have to plan a visit to the Iowa State Fair with military precision but having an idea of what you would like to see and in which order will make any visit easier. When it comes to accommodation, look for Iowa State Fair hotels close to the show grounds, allowing you to maximise your hours of fun on each day of your visit.

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Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
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Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
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Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
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