Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

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going on faith [ june | july 2016 ] 28 Photos courtesy PA Dutch Country CVB Sunset on the Tennessee River in downtown Nashville Nashville live music [ D E S M O I N E S , I OWA ] A collection of dilapidated, run-down buildings stood slated to be torn down in Des Moines' Historic East Village. A group of business leaders stepped in to transform the buildings into a lively district filled with fine dining, eclectic retail and antique stores. This resurgence story is just one of the many happy endings that landed downtown Des Moines a spot on Fortune magazine's top five "up-and-coming downtowns" in 2014. "Our downtown has exploded in the last five to six years with housing," said Greg Edwards, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We have 20,000 people residing downtown, many of whom are young — in their 20s and 30s age group — who really enjoy a vibrant downtown scene." The capital city boasts a plethora of public green space, including the Principal Riverwalk, which follows the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers for a landscaped and artistic breath of fresh air. The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park also offers an outdoors escape, with 28 works of art scattered across a four-acre park. Groups can explore the high-rise buildings in the core of downtown or the nearby East Village Area for its architecturally impressive government buildings and diverse shops. TOP DOWNTOWN ATTRACTIONS: The Science Center of Iowa houses hands-on exhibits, theater and live science demonstrations, as well as a 50-foot- high planetarium. For a glimpse into Iowa's past, the State Historical Museum of Iowa displays exhibits on Iowa's years before statehood, its role in the Civil War and other his- torical contributions. GROUP-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT: For an American take on classic French cuisine, Django offers fine dining, an interactive chef station and artisan cheese plates for groups. www.catchdesmoines.com Courtesy Nashville CVC Courtesy Nashville CVC Courtesy Greater Des Moines CVB Downtown Des Moines from the Historic East Village

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