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Getting Here

Getting Here

Centrally positioned, Ames can be reached easily from all points north, south, east and west.

DSM airport direct flights map

Distance from major cities:

Atlanta, GA 947 miles Minneapolis, MN 218 miles
Austin, TX 963 miles Omaha, NE 168 miles
Chicago, IL 322 miles Portland, OR 1,821 miles
Los Angeles, CA 1,717 miles Washington D.C. 1,043 miles
Kansas City, MO 227 miles


Arrive By Air

Commercial air transportation is just 45 minutes away at the Des Moines International Airport. The airport provides non-stop service to many major cities around the United States. The Ames Municipal Airport, operated by Central Iowa Air Service, is designed to serve corporate fleets, charters and small private aircraft.

Car rental service is available at both airport locations. Additional transportation options are also available to and from Ames to both airport locations.

Arrive By Ground

Ames, at the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 30, can be located by traveling on north-south Interstate 35 and using exits 111B and 113. Interstate 35 also intersects with east-west Interstate 80 approximately 30 miles south of Ames, at the north edge of the Des Moines Metro area.