Everyone knows that the BEST kind of shopping is when you A) find everything you need, and B) discover something you never expected.

Here in Altoona, we have just the right mix of must-have stores and I-can’t-believe-this-is-a-thing-but-I-love-it hidden gems.

Take a stroll through the Outlets of Des Moines, a walkable open-air shopping center with premium retailers like Express and Kate Spade New York. Get geared-up for your outdoor adventure at Bass Pro Shops. Wander around town and stumble across one-of-a-kind family stores and small antique shops.

Here, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for (and a little something more).

Can’t miss experiences

Outlets of Des Moines

Outlets of Des Moines is a truly distinct indoor-outdoor shopping destination— featuring 50+ outlet stores, including some of the best names in fashion and delicious dining options. Outlets of Des Moines is conveniently located at the I-80 and US-65 interchange.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

The 145,000-square foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is located at the southeast corner of the I-80 and Hwy 65 Bypass in Altoona. While you’ll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops stores are also a destination—part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, bowling alley, and restaurant. The Altoona Bass Pro is a gathering place for education, conservation and entertainment.