Information for Attendees
Early bird (until May 1, 2022) $35
Committee Members complimentary
Invited keynote speakers complimentary
How to get to Des Moines, Iowa
- Des Moines is easily accessible by auto or air.
- By air: Des Moines International Airport (airport code DSM) is a 15-minute drive from Drake University. A traveler-friendly airport, DSM airport serves 24 cities with nonstop service and typically welcomes nearly 3 million people annually.
- By auto: Des Moines is located at the intersection of I-35 and I-80 and within a day’s drive from major cities including Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Omaha. Drake University is located just blocks off I-235 at the 31st Street exit.
- For further travel information, please click here.
- The conference hotel is located directly across the street from Drake University and provides complimentary self-parking.
- Drake features a walkable campus with green spaces between campus buildings. Click here for an interactive campus map.
- Des Moines has a bus system, but if you plan to explore our city you may wish to rent a vehicle. And while Des Moines has ride services, since the pandemic these services haven’t been as reliable as pre-pandemic. If you are flying to Des Moines, several car rental services operate from Des Moines International Airport.
- Some area hotels provide customers shuttle service to and from Des Moines International Airport.
- We have a block of rooms reserved at Home2 Suites by Hilton Des Moines at Drake University for Tuesday, July 26 – Saturday, July 30, 2022.
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Des Moines at Drake University is conveniently located across the street from Drake University, host of Mapping the Magazine 7.
- For other hotel options, please click here.
Things to do
Des Moines is a vibrant, mid-sized city offering a variety of attractions, events, live music, theater, a local food scene, and more. We encourage in-person attendees to add a day or two to your visit to explore the city and surrounding area.
A few of our favorite local highlights:
- Pappajohn Sculpture Park. A 4.4-acre park featuring works from renowned artists.
- Des Moines Botanical Garden. An indoor conservatory showcases tropical plants while outdoor gardens feature the best of Midwest horticulture.
- Des Moines Art Center. Galleries feature permanent and rotating collections housed in world-class architecture.
- Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market. Ranked #2 farmers’ market in the country.
- Principal Riverwalk. Stroll along the Des Moines River through downtown Des Moines.
- Lauridsen Skatepark. For the adventurous, check out the largest skate park in the United States.
- There’s an expression in the Midwestern United States: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a day (or an hour).” Weather in Des Moines in July ranges from hot and humid to chilly and rainy, but we mostly enjoy warm, sunny days.
- Average high: 86 degrees (F).
- Average low: 67 degrees (F).
- Average rain days: 6
Des Moines has a robust local food scene. Reservations are encouraged. Click here to explore some of the restaurants, chefs, and cuisine that make our mouths water and satisfy our cravings.