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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

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel
4 out of 5
31 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Circle Center Mall, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. White ...
4.1/5Very Good! (907 reviews)
"Staff wasn't user friendly"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel
JW Marriott Indianapolis
JW Marriott Indianapolis
4 out of 5
10 S West Street, Indianapolis, IN
The price is $199 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Indiana State Museum, Indiana Convention Center, and Indiana University-Purdue University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (930 reviews)
"The JW Marriott was a beautiful hotel and the views from the rooms were awesome."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

JW Marriott Indianapolis
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
4 out of 5
One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
The price is $159 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Circle Center Mall. Indiana Convention Center and Bankers ...
4.2/5Very Good! (976 reviews)
"Nice hotel"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Fishers Indianapolis Northeast, IN
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fishers Indianapolis Northeast, IN
2.5 out of 5
9701 N. by NE Blvd, Fishers, IN
The price is $101 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Situated in Fishers, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fishers Banquet Center, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, and Roche Diagnostics Corporation. Climb ...
3.7/5Good! (10 reviews)
"We stayed on this newer home 2 suites for my sons bowling competition we qere here for 7 nights and the staff was great the hotel was cleqn and we were very pleased with everything. Great hotel and great location right off freeway."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Fishers Indianapolis Northeast, IN
Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown
2.5 out of 5
115 N. Pennsylvania Street Ste 150, Indianapolis, IN
The price is $118 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hilbert Circle Theatre, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Circle Center Mall. Indiana ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (627 reviews)
"Hotel is downtown so it’s walking distance from great food and entertainment. Has an indoor pool which is small and quite shallow; not even 4’ deep. Stayed in a room with 2 queen beds plus sofa bed. Queen beds were comfortable enough, however, the sofa bed is suitable only for lightweight folks - ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis South Greenwood
Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis South Greenwood
2.5 out of 5
5215 Noggle Way, Indianapolis, IN
The price is $110 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Situated in Indianapolis, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Franciscan Alliance, St francis, and Smock Golf Course. Franciscan St. Francis Health - Indianapolis ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (248 reviews)
"The staff was friendly and very helpful 😃"

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Indianapolis South Greenwood
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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