Main Street Iowa, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, hopes that when you come to Des Moines in May, you’ll take the opportunity to visit one – or more – of their 45 Main Street communities. Need a good reason? How about 25! 

  1. National Register Districts in 22 communities
  2. Stunning historic courthouses located in charming town squares
  3. Interesting architecture in districts  that were completely rebuilt after devastating fires, tornadoes and floods
  4. Locally-owned retail shops and unique boutiques
  5. Festivals and events that celebrate diversity and heritage
  6. Communities located along historic routes and scenic highways
  7. Interesting and educational museums and  historic landmarks
  8. Unique Bed & Breakfasts
  9. Beautifully restored opera houses and movie theaters
  10. Twelve  state recognized Cultural and Entertainment districts
  11. Open-air farmers markets featuring locally-grown produce and crafts
  12. Ornamental “streetscapes” featuring creative public art
  13. Seven Great American Main Street Award winning communities
  14. Dining options that range from coffee shops to 5-star restaurants
  15. Innovative “Green” projects
  16. Exceptional cultural institutions and  attractions – from performing arts venues to artist’s galleries
  17. Emerging Urban Neighborhood Districts
  18. Revitalized riverfronts with superb recreational opportunities
  19. Pedestrian-friendly “stroll zones”
  20. Rural communities and metropolitan areas
  21. Restored birthplaces of famous Iowans
  22. Historic office buildings that have been transformed into stylish nightclubs
  23. Friendly, hospitable people
  24. Three of the nations’ “Dozen Distinctive Destinations”
  25. The National Main Streets Conference, which will be held May 22 – 25, 2011 in Des Moines

For more information on Main Street Iowa communities and links to local community websites, visit the Main Street Iowa Website