Ames is anything but your typical midwestern town. With a population of just more than 50,000, Ames is always hopping with a number of cultural, athletic and outdoorsy diversions.
Because of the presence of Iowa State University, Ames attracts world-class stage productions, musicians and artists to the Iowa State Center; offers a bevy of Big 12 Conference athletics; and is surrounded by lakes, rivers and parks.
If shopping's your thing, Ames offers North Grand Mall and a revitalized downtown district. And there's no shortage of fine dining establishments; all in a smoke-free environment.
To learn more about the progressive community that is Ames, visit these sites:
City of Ames
Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ames Community School District
Iowa State University
Iowa State Center