Indianapolis, known to many as Indy, is one of the most famous motor sport destinations in the world. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest stadium of its kind and is home to three of the country’s biggest races, including the Indy 500. Locals call Indy "The Racing Capital of the World.”
Aside from car racing, Indianapolis has plenty of other attractions that make it a bright, cosmopolitan city. Spend a day at the Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Celebrate summer at one of the many downtown festivals and concerts at White River State Park. For outdoor thrills, hike one of the many trails at Eagle Creek Park or paddle the river at Fort Harrison State Park.
Get in touch with the animal world at the Indianapolis Zoo, where you’re able to reach out and touch sharks as they glide by. Children of all ages will never want to leave the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest attraction of its kind in the world. For the best views of the city, head to the historic Crown Hill Cemetery where a panorama of the skyline is especially beautiful at sunset. For impressive architecture, visit the Indiana War Memorial, a prominent building with a pyramid-shaped roof, located in the Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District.
Art, fashion and architecture lovers should head to Broad Ripple Village, a shopping district with galleries, bookstores, restaurants, bars and historic buildings. It’s home to the Indianapolis Art Center and hosts a farmers’ market on Saturdays.
Getting around Indianapolis is easy, with the IndyGo bus service offering inexpensive day passes that cover suburban and downtown areas. Indy’s relatively flat landscape and the superb cycle path, known as the Cultural Trail, make biking and walking an attractive option.
Indianapolis is a great place to visit year-round, but the city really revs up in summer when the festival and race season kick into high gear.