Hotels in Altoona, Iowa

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Altoona overview

Altoona is a friendly locale unique for its amusement park and casinos. You'll enjoy the abundant coffee and dining choices. Take in some local culture at popular places like Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Art Center. Make plans to visit the popular Adventureland and Iowa State Fairgrounds. If you're looking for a family- and business-friendly getaway, Altoona is for you.

Where to stay in Altoona

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Altoona has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Altoona with Hotels.com by checking our online map. Our maps display the areas and neighborhoods around all Altoona hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Altoona hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Altoona

Fly in to Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), 12.3 mi (19.8 km) from downtown Altoona.

What to see around Altoona

Fun activities are on hand such as adventure tours, horseback riding, and horse racing, along with attractions such as:
  • • Sky Glider East
  • • Sky Glider West
  • • Wells Fargo Arena
  • • Veterans Memorial Auditorium
  • • Principal Park
Known for its amusement park, the area's family-friendly sights include:
  • • Adventureland
  • • Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
  • • Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • • The Wallace Centers of Iowa: Wallace House
  • • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
For those looking for a souvenir or simply window-shopping, here are some favorite shopping areas to visit:
  • • Southridge Mall
  • • Merle Hay Mall
  • • Valley West Mall
Some top sights in the area include:
  • • Iowa State Capitol Building
  • • Des Moines Botanical Center
  • • Science Center of Iowa
  • • Salisbury House
  • • Blank Park Zoo

When to visit Altoona

Wondering when's the best time to visit? Here are seasonal norms to help you plan your trip:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • January-March: 56°F day, 11°F night
  • April-June: 86°F day, 32°F night
  • July-September: 87°F day, 45°F night
  • October-December: 71°F day, 12°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • January-March: 4.09 inches
  • April-June: 13.74 inches
  • July-September: 12.60 inches
  • October-December: 5.75 inches