Ames, Iowa, is the home of Iowa State University. This city has 35 woodland parks and over 55 miles of bike and pedestrian trails. Ames prides itself on having the amenities of a big city with the friendliness of a small town. Visitors will find they have a range of options for Ames hotels, from bed and breakfasts to historic hotels on the campus of ISU, or a number of budget friendly hotels throughout the city.
Guests at hotels in Ames will find that the city is a great place for a convention. Options include the Holiday Inn Conference Center and the facilities available at the Iowa State University. The annual Farm Progress show draws large crowds each year.
Hotels Ames guests may dine at nearby chain restaurants, but should also visit great local places like the Suburban Restaurant, which has been in business for decades.
The Main Street Cultural District hosts frequent festivals and events like the annual Music Walk and the 4th of July parade.
Local shops line the Main Street Cultural District, but the North Grand Mall on Grand Avenue is a shopping source for both national chains and local boutiques as well. Also stop by the nearby Prarie Moon winery for wine sampling, but keep in mind the tasting room is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
As the home of the Iowa State Cyclones, collegiate sports are the main sporting attraction in Ames. Cheer for the cyclones in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field.