Presidential Inauguration

Travel Information

In town for Mercy College's Presidential Inauguration? Take advantage of all the great city of Des Moines has to offer! Below is a list of accommodations, popular attractions, and excellent restaurants to try. Our campus is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, just off the highway, making it easy to tap into the many fantastic local shops, eateries, and events while you're here. Check it out!  


Free parking is available on the Mercy College campus

St. Ambrose Cathedral is a 10 minute walk from Mercy College's campus. Street parking is available at the Cathedral. 

Mercy College is a two block walk from the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Parking is also available at the Iowa Events Center for $10

Additional downtown parking options can be found here

For guests attending the private dinner reception: valet parking will be also be available at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, on the north side of the building off of West Locust Street.  

With over 13,000 hotel room options in the Greater Des Moines area, it's easy to find a place to relax in comfort as you travel. Des Moines offers Holiday Inn, Marriott, Hyatt Place, and Hilton hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts - many within easy walking of all inauguration celebration activities! Book today! 

Use our corporate code (6712461) for a discount!

Our downtown Des Moines campus is only a short walk from many of these locally owned and nationally recognized restaurants! No matter what you're craving, Des Moines has got you covered! 


Blk & Bold | Chocolaterie Stam | Gong Fu Tea | Grounds for Celebration | Horizon Line Coffee | La Mie Bakery | Mars Coffee | Smokey Row | St Kilda Cafe & Bakery


Alba | All Pho YouAmericanaApostoBubba | CentroThe Cheese Bar | Claxon's Smokehouse & GrillDjango | Eatery A | Fong's PizzaFreskoHarbinger | Lucca | Malo | Open SesameProof | RoCa | Smokey D's BBQSplash Seafood | W-Tao Sushi | Zombie Burger + Drink Lab


The Bartender's Handshake | Confluence Brewing Company | Court Avenue Brewing Company | Exile Brewing Company | Hello MarjorieIowa Taproom | Motley School Tavern | The NorthwesternPeace Tree Brewing | The Secret AdmirerThe Winchester

Whether you've lived here for a while or you're only in town for a few days, there's always something new to discover in Des Moines, Iowa! Explore the area around campus and check out some of our local highlights while you're here! Be sure to check the current weather conditions as you plan your day!  




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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master's degreesbachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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