/ Meredith Corporation Test Kitchen and Better Homes & Gardens Test Gardens

Come visit Meredith Corporation, the parent company of iconic brands such as Better Homes & Gardens, People, Parents, Family Circle, Martha Stewart Living, Rachael Ray Every Day, Southern Living, Real Simple and more! Tour highlights will include:

  • The Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden, used for plant testing, photography, and events;
  • The Meredith Test Kitchen, one of six Meredith kitchens used to test recipes featured in its brands;
  • Meredith’s photo studio, where still photography and videos are shot for the company’s magazines and web sites;
  • The WOOD shop where tools and plans are tested for that brand’s content;
  • Company history;
  • Building architecture and more.

Sign up for the Meredith Corporation Test Kitchen tour when you register for #ACCE18. This tour is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost per person is $25.


/ Art Route DSM Guided Tour

Think “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” where sidewalks are adorned with circles and chevrons that lead the way, and 14 crosswalks are beautifully painted. Just follow the route to world-renowned sculptures, murals and architecture – free for all to enjoy.

Stroll the #ArtRouteDSM alongside Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Executive Director M. Jessica Rowe to experience this unique artful walk.

The Art Route was formed by a committee of volunteers with the support of local corporations to create a unique experience for locals and visitors. Learn more about how the Art Route DSM vision serves to unite public art in Greater Des Moines, increase economic development and promote walkability, health and wellness throughout the region.

DSM USA is the first city to create an artful pathway connecting both painted sidewalks and painted intersections to public art. Research hasn't uncovered any other city activating a project by combining these three elements into one cohesive experience.

Sign up for the Art Route DSM tour when you register for #ACCE18. This tour is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost per person is $15.


/ Economic Development Tour

The joke starts with the question: what’s the unofficial bird of Downtown Des Moines (DSM)? The crane, because buildings are being developed everywhere! This tour takes in some of Downtown DSM’s major developments and shows areas that are rapidly developing. DSM is the Midwest’s fastest growing major metro and its Downtown is leading much of that growth with over 40 projects recently completed or currently under construction.  

Wells Fargo Arena: Opened in 2005, Wells Fargo Arena is a world-class 16,980-seat multi-purpose facility that plays host to legends of music, sports and entertainment. It’s home to the Iowa Wild, Iowa Wolves, Iowa Barnstormers and, in 2019, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds. 

Bridge District: Nestled on the Des Moines River is the burgeoning and rapidly developing Bridge District. It is just steps from the nightlife, restaurant scene and shopping found in the Historic East Village and is the area’s newest neighborhood. Newly opened apartment complexes boast some of Downtown’s best views. 

Market District: Soon to be the site of future apartments, restaurants and entertainment, the Market District represents a step forward into Downtown DSM's bright future. Formerly an industrial neighbor to Downtown DSM, it’s quickly turning into a new hub of development and activity with apartments and entertainment venues in the works.

Western Gateway: A symbol of Downtown DSM’s renaissance is the neighborhood rebirth of Western Gateway. The corridor has been reinvented thanks to a mix of beautifully restored historical buildings, modern architecture and serene green spaces. The crown jewel is the 4.4-acre John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park which features 29 sculptures by renowned artists from around the world. 

Kum & Go Headquarters: A statement to turn heads in any city, the Kum & Go headquarters is a $151 million headquarters of the regional gas station and convenience store chain. Designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, the work of art is set to open in October of 2018. 

Principal Headquarters: The financial giant headquartered in Downtown DSM has undergone a $400 million facelift to reflect its commitment to the region. With more than 6,000 employees working Downtown and a reach that extends around the world, this campus is a reflection of the innovation and vibrancy found in DSM.

Sign up for the Economic Development Tour when you register for #ACCE18. This tour is scheduled for Thursday, July 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost per person is $45.