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Ames, IA

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About AmesFounded as College Farm in 1859 and renamed 7 years later, Ames was established on drained marshland adjacent to the proposed site of Iowa State Agricultural College, now Iowa State University. The school has made significant agricultural contributions. Ames has spread out around the campus, creating a familiar college-town environment.

Visitor Centers Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau 1601 Golden Aspen Dr. Ames, IA 50010. Phone:(515)232-4032

ShoppingNorth Grand Mall, off I-35 at 2801 Grand Ave., contains more than 50 shops and eateries. The downtown Main Street Cultural District also features more than 50 shops and eateries. Outlet shopping is north on I-35 at 324 Factory Outlet Dr. in nearby Story City.

Things to Do Iowa State University

Brunnier Art Museum

Christian Petersen Art Museum

Farm House Museum

Reiman Gardens

Octagon Center for the Arts

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Ames, IA

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Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites

2500 University Blvd. Ames, IA 50010

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Hampton Inn & Suites

2100 SE 16th St. Ames, IA 50010

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1523 S Dayton Ave. Ames, IA 50010

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Red Roof Inn Ames

1400 S Dayton Pl. Ames, IA 50010

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