Escape

Parking, Hotels & Directions

The 15th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth will be held at the Iowa Events Center in the heart of Des Moines, IA. The address is: 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, 50309. 

Hotels

Reserved room block information will be released later this year, so check back often for updates!

Directions

From Interstate 35 from the North:

Follow I-235 West into downtown Des Moines and take the 3rd Street exit to the Iowa Events Center. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.


From Interstate 35 from the South:

Merge onto the I-235 East exit and travel east towards downtown Des Moines. Take the downtown exit and proceed to the 3rd Street exit. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.


From Interstate 80 from the East:

Headed west on I-80, take the I-235 West exit and continue towards downtown Des Moines. Take the 3rd Street exit (Downtown Des Moines) and go south to the Iowa Events Center complex. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.


From Interstate 80 from the West:

Headed east on I-80, take the I-235 East exit and continue towards downtown Des Moines. Take the Iowa Events Center exit (3rd Street) and turn right. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.

 

Parking

  • Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center with entrances off of the following streets:
    • 3rd Street
    • 5th Avenue
    • Crocker Street
  • The Iowa Events Center surface parking lots offer the closest and most convenient access to the facility, and easy access to I-235 and other major routes after the event. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.
  • Cost: $10 for cars and trucks, $20 for large trucks (duallys and snow blades) and $40 for RVs and Buses. Registration for the Governor’s Conference does not include parking fees.
  • NOTE: There is NO overnight parking available in Iowa Events Center lots. Vehicles left overnight will be towed.

STREET PARKING DOWNTOWN

  • Street parking is available throughout downtown with the convenience of parking meters. Pay attention to the location and rates as many meters have different time limits and parking restrictions during certain times.

PARKING GARAGES

  • City parking garages are located throughout downtown with convenient skywalk access to the Iowa Events Center. Payment for city garages is collected each time you enter the garage. The City of Des Moines recently completed a downtown parking signage system to give up to the minute details on where parking is available in the garages.
  • The cost varies depending on the garage.