Tourists aren’t exactly knocking themselves over making their way to Ames for vacations. But that’s not surprising for a small city in the heart of fly-over country.
What gives Ames its special energy are the students from Iowa State University of Science and Technology; many of whom end up locally, working for the massive 3M facility. Other than that, there’s not much excitement for teenagers, but parents will appreciate the fact that it’s one of the best places in the country to raise small children. Oh. And there's subsidized public transport for getting around -- even though it's almost always a short trip.