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Situated just off Highway 30, the Radisson hotel in Ames is located 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 a stroll after your meeting. 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 diverse 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.” Head to the driving range to get ready for a fun afternoon on the links.
    Phone: +1 (515) 233-4664
  • Veenker Memorial Golf Course (3.5 miles)
    Owned by Iowa State University, this beautiful course welcomes the public as well as ISU’s golf teams. From the longest tees, this par-72 course measures 6,680 yards.
    Phone: +1 (515) 294-6727
  • Ames Golf & Country Club (6.4 miles)
    With four tee lengths and 40 electric golf carts, this 18-hole course welcomes golfers of all skill levels. The scenic country club also features a swimming pool and two tennis courts. 
    Phone: +1 (515) 232-8334


  • Hunziker Youth Sports Complex (3.1 miles)
    In town for a tournament? 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. Take your camera for views from the 13-story-high bridge crossing the Des Moines River valley.
    Phone: +1 (515) 288-1846

Local culture:

  • Downtown Ames (2.8 miles)
    Shop for furniture at American Country Home, pick up a souvenir at Ames Silversmithing, or sit down to a delicious meal at Cafe Diem. Vibrant and welcoming, downtown Ames has something for everyone.
    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

Airport transportation
Our hotel is located about 40 miles from Des Moines International Airport (DSM). Transportation from the airport to the hotel is available by Uber, taxi or Executive Express, which can be reached at +1 (888) 522-9899.