Indianapolis, IN

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Between watching cars zoom around the famous speedway of “The Racing Capital of the World,” explore its many museums, parks and zoo.

Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, sits at the center of the state. To many, it’s also at the center of the racing world. Discover why it earns its nickname, “The Racing Capital of the World,” and investigate its many cultural and natural attractions.

Thrills aren’t just reserved for race car drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) track hosts three of the country’s biggest races, including the Indy 500. Watch a motorcar race or learn more about the sport in the adjoining Hall of Fame Museum.

Spend an afternoon exploring White River State Park’s museums, galleries, zoo and sports stadium. Learn about local and natural history in the Indiana State Museum, which has thousands of artifacts and a massive IMAX theater. See a baseball game in Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. View some 1,400 animals from land, sea and sky in the Indianapolis Zoo. Admission to the nearby White River Gardens is included in your entry to the zoo.

Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Filled with dinosaurs, pirate ships, vintage toys and interactive exhibits, this museum makes learning fun for an audience of all ages.

Although it is adjacent to downtown Indianapolis, Eagle Creek Park feels a world away. Explore its backcountry trails or go swimming in its glassy lake. If you’re lucky, you might even see an eagle soaring overhead. A bit northeast of Downtown, Fort Harrison State Park offers horseback riding, fishing in Fall Creek and an 18-hole golf course.

Enjoy panoramic views of the downtown skyline from atop the steps of Crown Hill Cemetery. Take a guided or self-guided tour and learn about events from the Civil War to the Flu Epidemic of 1918. Find the gravestones of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison and infamous gangster John Dillinger.

Indianapolis has a charming historic Downtown district, presided over by the Indiana War Memorial. The memorial, which bears striking resemblance to the National Mall in Washington D.C., honors America’s veterans. Explore the downtown museums, parks, monuments and more.

Where to stay in Indianapolis

Best Western Plus Indianapolis NW Hotel
Best Western Plus Indianapolis NW Hotel
2.5 out of 5
7220 Woodland Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46278
The price is $82 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Indianapolis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Our stay was nice and knowing I could have a nice hot cup of coffee or tea no matter the time of the day made it all the better. Staff was kind. Hotel was clean and near many of the areas we wanted to visit."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Best Western Plus Indianapolis NW Hotel
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
4 out of 5
8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN, 46240
The price is $113 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Indianapolis. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,347 reviews)
"This is my go to hotel when I'm in Indianapolis for business. Very nice and affordable. Lots of shopping and restaurants nearby."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Carmel
Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Carmel
3 out of 5
9625 North Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, 46290
The price is $117 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Indianapolis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,043 reviews)
"Hotel was extremely clean. Staff very accommodating, courteous and friendly. Would highly recommend this hotel to family and friends."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Carmel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
FRONTDESK Penn Street Tower Apts Downtown Indy
FRONTDESK Penn Street Tower Apts Downtown Indy
3.5 out of 5
115 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $49 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Indianapolis. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and Netflix. Popular attractions Lucas Oil Stadium and Indianapolis Zoo are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (55 reviews)
"it was very nice and clean. tv didn’t work for us but it was ok because the hotel is located near a very enjoyable and beautiful area."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

FRONTDESK Penn Street Tower Apts Downtown Indy
The Alexander, a Dolce by Wyndham
The Alexander, a Dolce by Wyndham
4 out of 5
333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $159 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Indianapolis. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,071 reviews)
"Modern hotel in the heart of downtown. Nicely designed rooms and public spaces, interesting artworks displayed. throughout. Friendly staff. Convenient to several downtown restaurants and businesses."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

The Alexander, a Dolce by Wyndham
FRONTDESK 1010 Central Apts Downtown Indy
FRONTDESK 1010 Central Apts Downtown Indy
3.5 out of 5
1010 Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46202
The price is $59 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Indianapolis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Lucas Oil Stadium and Indianapolis ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Pretty nice place for families with small children
"Took my wife and 3 kids to Indy for a weekend vacation and enjoyed our stay. Location was convenient for our trips to the art museum and children’s museums. Staff we’re very responsive and checkin/out was simple."

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

FRONTDESK 1010 Central Apts Downtown Indy
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Indianapolis

Getting around Indianapolis without a car is tough. Rent one at the airport or at one of the car rental companies in the city center. The city is famously flat and cycle friendly. Consider renting a bike by the hour or day at one of the Pacers Bikeshare stands found in the busiest areas. For journeys outside Indianapolis, you can use the Amtrak intercity railway, Greyhound buses or the Megabus. Visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website.Browse Indianapolis rental cars.

Best time to visit

The best time for an Indianapolis visit depends on your priorities. The weather is wonderful in late spring and early summer; days are sunny and temperatures hover in the low 80s F (below 26 C), and slightly cooler evenings. This is also peak tourist season, which brings bigger crowds and a smaller choice of accommodations. Visit between July and August for less expensive rooms, and higher temperatures.

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