Ames is a smart choice for your visit. We're ready to entertain visitors from around the world with a variety of attraction and events. Enjoy the beautiful Iowa State University campus with the largest collection of campus public art, including guided tours and several pieces by Iowa native Grant Wood. 

Ride high on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad and experience an exciting, view from a historic train car or head to Story City to enjoy an afternoon ride on a Herschell Spillman antique carousel.

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During your trip to Ames, potential tour stops might include:

• Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm
  On-site plots of biomass crops and biorenewable processing facilities

Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms

   More than 1,200 acres of intensive plot research.
   Plus corn, soybeans, oats, sorghum and biomass perennial crop demonstrations.

• Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station
  Encounter a broad variety of research, from vineyards, fruit trees and fruit and
  vegetable plantings, to shade trees, turf grass and putting greens.

Reiman Gardens
  14-acre site includes distinct theme gardens, a 2,500-square foot butterfly house 
  and five supporting greenhouses