Gateway Hotel and Conference Center is located in Ames, Iowa, a classic university town approximately 30 miles north of Des Moines, the state’s capital. For the latest information about upcoming events, visit the Ames Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Visual and Performing Arts
With more than 2,000 works of public art, the Iowa State campus is home to some of the state’s finest work, including Grant Wood's breathtaking murals and Christian Petersen's famous sculptures. Visit the Brunnier Art Gallery, Farm House Museum or Octagon Center for the Arts.
In addition to its distinctive grounds, Reiman Gardens has an indoor conservatory, hundreds of species of butterflies that thrive year-round and a gift shop. Gateway Hotel is just five minutes from Reiman Gardens. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens with our Families, Flowers, Butterflies & Fun at Reiman Gardens package.
Iowa State Center
There’s something for everyone at the Iowa State Center – Broadway musicals, Big 12 athletics, symphonies, rock concerts and more.
Watch electrifying Big 12 action at Jack Trice Stadium (.9 miles from Gateway Hotel) or Hilton Coliseum (1.7 miles from Gateway Hotel).
Centrally located on campus, the union offers a variety of restaurants and coffee shops, as well as a bookstore, food court, bowling alley and a nightclub.
Visit any of the fine courses located in Ames: Ames Golf & Country Club, Coldwater Golf Links, Homewood Golf Course, Oaks Golf Course, or Veenker Memorial Golf Course.
Des Moines Attractions
Located just 30 miles south, Des Moines offers wonderful day-trip opportunities from Ames. Enjoy an Iowa Cubs Baseball game, visit the Blank Park Zoo, or take in the sights at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Living History Farms, Des Moines Art Center, or Science Center of Iowa. Prairie Meadows Horse Racing and Casino is also nearby.
Ledges State Park and Seven Oaks Recreation Area are located in Boone, Iowa, just 15 miles from Gateway Hotel.
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