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Indiana’s capital is also the largest city in the state. With museums, shops and restaurants to enjoy, as well as plenty of state parks in the area, Indianapolis is the perfect vacation destination.

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About Indianapolis

Indianapolis was founded in 1921 and once thrived due to its manufacturing industry. Today, the city is perhaps best known as the home of the Indianapolis 500, the largest single-day sporting event in the world!

This is the 14th-largest city in the USA, and there’s lots to see and do, so it’s best to start your vacation at one of the visitor centers on W Washington Street, where you can pick up a map and get advice on all the best attractions.

It’s just a short 15-minute drive (depending on traffic) to Indianapolis International Airport, and hiring a car is the best way to get around. There are public buses, but they don’t cover the whole metropolitan area.

When it comes to dining options, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with everything from BBQ food and fried chicken to fantastic Mexican food and Asian specialties.

What to do in Indianapolis

Stroll around Indianapolis and you’ll spot the tallest building, the Salesforce Tower, at 830 feet. You’ll also see the Indiana War Memorial and the architectural splendor of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the largest cathedral of its kind in the world.

If you’re traveling with kids, take them for a day out at Indianapolis Zoo – there’s an underwater dome for dolphin viewing, a shark touch tank and amusement rides for all ages. Alternatively, you can escape the city and head for Eagle Creek Park where you can enjoy fishing, hiking, swimming or a family picnic.

Indianapolis has dozens of museums worth visiting – some highlights include the Children’s Museum, with its recreation of the International Space Station, dinosaur fossils and planetarium, the Indiana State Museum and the Museum of Art, with over 50,000 art works to see. For those who prefer their history on the gruesome side, the Medical History Museum is worth checking out!

Top travel tips for Indianapolis

On the first Friday of every month, many galleries open their doors to the public, showcasing new collections with free food and drinks, live outdoor music and performances. There may well be an event like this during your stay, so keep your eyes open!

The Flea Market at the State Fair Grounds is the perfect place to pick up eclectic souvenirs of your trip, with antique and vintage finds for sale. Or, you can shop at Broad Ripple Village—Indy’s answer to Greenwich Village.

It’s generally not possible to flag taxis in Indy (in most areas), but services like Lyft and Uber operate in the downtown area.

Art, culture, shopping, dining, the great outdoors – Indianapolis offers all this and more. It’s easy to see why Indiana’s capital city is such a popular destination.

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