Bridge in Ames
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Home of Iowa State University, Ames wears its college town moniker with pride.
A trip to the Campustown neighborhood offers equal parts Café Beaudelaire and Varsity Theater. Just south of the stadium is an Iowa favorite: the 14-acre Reiman Gardens, home to exotic tropical plants and butterflies from around the world.
The perks of living here are palpable: Scotch tape manufacturer 3M and pasta producer Barilla are presences here, and the local transit system, Cy-ride, makes it easy to get around.
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