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Explore Iowa State University and the local area

The Radisson hotel in Ames lies just off Highway 30, only two miles from the heart of the Iowa State University campus. Walk or ride a bike just one mile to see the Cyclones in action at Jack Trice Stadium or Hilton Coliseum, or stop by Stephens Auditorium at the Iowa State Center for a live concert. Business travelers appreciate easy access to the ISU Research Park, and Reiman Gardens offers a tranquil setting for an afternoon walk. You can also explore the lively attractions of downtown Ames or play a round of golf at three nearby courses.

Iowa State University attractions:

  • Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (1 mile)
    The nation’s first public veterinary school educates students on treating a range of animals including livestock, companion animals and wildlife.
    Phone: +1 (515) 294-1242
  • Iowa State University Research Park (1 mile)
    Home to dozens of major corporations, the ISU Research Park is a prominent site for biomedical, animal health and computer science research.
    Phone: +1 (515) 296-7275
  • Iowa State University (2 miles)
    More than 30,000 students attend this public university known for its dedication to scientific research. ISU is home to several athletic venues and other cultural attractions, including the Iowa State Center, Jack Trice Stadium, Hilton Coliseum and Reiman Gardens.
    Phone: +1 (515) 294-4111


  • Coldwater Golf Links (2.8 miles)
    This serene 18-hole course describes itself as “traditional” and “classic.”
    Phone: +1 (515) 233-4664
  • Veenker Memorial Golf Course (3.5 miles)
    Owned by Iowa State University, this course welcomes guests as well as the university golf teams.
    Phone: +1 (515) 294-6727
  • Ames Golf & Country Club (6.4 miles)
    This scenic country club offers an 18-hole golf course, a swimming pool and two tennis courts.
    Phone: +1 (515) 232-8334


  • Hunziker Youth Sports Complex (3.1 miles)
    Youth soccer, baseball and softball teams compete at these outdoor fields.
    Phone: +1 (515) 291-5162
  • High Trestle Trail (11.3 miles)
    Spanning 25 miles, this paved recreational trail provides an ideal place to jog or bike.
    Phone: +1 (515) 288-1846

Local culture:

  • Downtown Ames (2.8 miles)
    Browse local shops, stop for a delicious meal or experience a special event in vibrant downtown Ames.
    Phone: +1 (515) 233-3472
  • Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad (16.4 miles)
    Enjoy an excursion through stunning scenery or ride a dinner or dessert train at this popular attraction.
    Phone: +1 (515) 432-4249
  • Blank Park Zoo (35 miles)
    Visit giraffes, African lions, red pandas and sea lions at this 25-acre zoological park in Des Moines.
    Phone: +1 (515) 285-4722