A trip to Merle Hay Mall is an excellent way to use up some of your travel time.
To experience it for yourself, pack your bags and head for Des Moines, the state capital.
There's a decent selection of 6 accommodations within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of Merle Hay Mall, but it's still worthwhile to book in advance. Just 1 mile (2 kilometers) away, you will be able to pack it in for the night at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines - Northwest. A couple of other choices are the Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center Des Moines, 1 mile (2 kilometers) away, and the Quality Inn & Suites, 1 mile (2 kilometers) away.
For those that appreciate low prices, consider booking a room at one of the less expensive hotels here. You'll find the Comfort Inn & Suites Event Center and the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center Des Moines a short drive away.
If you are run down from all the sightseeing, stop for a minute and enjoy a well-deserved coffee break at Auntie Anne's Pretzels, just a short walk away. If you plan to go out for dinner, stay in the vicinity and book a table at Panda Express. Sit back and relax with a drink. Old Chicago is in the immediate vicinity, and the bar staff will be all too happy to pour one for you.