Home to Iowa State University, Ames is the quintessential Midwest college town: museums and libraries, a thriving food scene, trails to explore during the summer and fall months, and a sense of school pride that radiates throughout the community.
Eat: Follow the crowds to The Cafe for cocktails and seasonal, farm-to-table food. Expect to see ingredients from local farms used in dishes like corn risotto and artichoke bruschetta.
Stay: Book a room at Iowa House, a frat-house-turned-B&B located a few blocks from ISU campus and tons of restaurants.
Play: Don’t miss Reiman Gardens, a gorgeous, 17-acre attraction on the ISU campus with indoor and outdoor gardens and a butterfly sanctuary. Catch a concert or play at the Stephens Auditorium, an impressive space that seats nearly 2,800 people. Spend the afternoon at the Brunnier Art Museum, Octagon Center for the Arts, or small and unique Textile and Clothing Museum.