Traveling to Grinnell

Grinnell’s location in central Iowa makes it an easy drive from many Midwestern cities:

  • Des Moines (1 hour)
  • Omaha (3 hours)
  • Kansas City (4 hours)
  • Madison (4 hours)
  • Chicago (5 hours)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul (5 hours)
  • St. Louis (5 hours)

Driving Instructions

From I-80 (East or West)

The Grinnell exit (exit 182) is off I-80 and approximately halfway between Iowa City and Des Moines.

  • Take exit 182 and proceed north three miles on Highway 146.
  • Turn east (right) on Sixth Avenue (Highway 6).
  • Proceed two and one half blocks on Sixth Avenue to the Grinnell College campus.
  • See the Printable Campus Map (PDF) to find your destination on campus.

Travel by Air

The Des Moines International Airport and the Eastern Iowa Airport (Cedar Rapids, IA) are approximately one hour driving distance to Grinnell College.

Rental Car

If traveling by air, we strongly recommend renting a car as shuttles are not available between the airports and Grinnell.  Most major rental car agencies are located at the Des Moines International Airport and the Eastern Iowa Airport (Cedar Rapids, IA).


Grinnell has several hotel options. The three hotels listed below have reserved a block of rooms for attendees to the “Thriving After College” conference. To obtain the discount provided for conference attendees, you will need to reserve your room by calling the hotel directly. (A full list of hotel and dining options in Grinnell can be found online.)

Hotel Grinnell

925 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-9250


$125-$195 (within walking distance of campus)

Comfort Inn

1630 West Street South, Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 844-432-6862


Country Inn & Suites

1710 West Street South, Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-9600



Reserved parking will be available near the Harris Center a half block down from the intersection of 10th Avenue and Park Street. Signage will denote parking during the conference.