The twelfth largest city in the United States of America, Indianapolis is also popularly entitled the Crossroads of America. A large number of highways intersect the city, determining the ease with which the centre can be accessed from a variety of locations. Yet, this is only the start of they city’s fascination with cars; many figures have awarded the area the title of ‘Racing Capital of the World’. Home to the two largest single day sporting events in the world, the Indianapolis 500 and the Allstate 400, as well as the United States Grand Prix, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway attracts racing fans from all around the world. Yet, Indianapolis is much more than a shrine to cars; all will find something of interest in this cosmopolitan, friendly city.


The most recognisable feature of Indianapolis is the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at Monument Circle. This beautiful, intricately decorated structure commemorates all of the city’s citizens who died during battle. The observation level at the top of the monument provides a magnificent view of the city. The history behind Indianapolis can be explored at the Indiana State Museum which covers all aspects of the state’s past, as well as an IMAX Theatre.

Visitors can learn more about Indianapolis’ preoccupation with cars and racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Impressive arrays of cars are displayed and car enthusiasts may be able to experience a bus tour around the racing track if they are lucky. However, the city is not all about cars; the Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the most impressive art collections in the United States. The Ejteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art unites both of these distinctive cultures under one roof. All ages will enjoy a trip to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Interesting the minds of children and reminding others of their childhood, the Museum urges visitors to participate in all exhibitions. Favourite displays include Dinosphere; a unique chance to step back in time and view the world from the perspective of a dinosaur. More recent history is available for viewing at Connor Prairie, including sites from the Victorian era and a traditional Indian camp.

Indianapolis Zoo is home to an extensive collection of animals and boasts the largest aquarium in the state. Dolphin Adventure allows visitors to take a closer look at these beautiful animals – from under the water. Although this particular experience will not get you soaked, the Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park certainly will. Each year the city hosts the Indianapolis Jazz Festival which takes place over three days and in the past has seen performances from artists such as Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.


For a fantastic day of shopping visitors should head to Castleton Square Mall. Home to more than one hundred shops, this shopping centre has more than enough to satisfy even the most dedicated shopaholic. The Fashion Mall lives up to its name; beautiful, upmarket stores will entertain those with slightly more expensive taste. Stores such as Tiffany and Co, Sephora and Saks are immensely popular, if only for window shopping. Shoppers looking for something unique should visit Fountain Square for the chance to snap up a special antique or a distinctive souvenir. A similar area is the new and fashionable ‘Mass Ave’ where local designers and artists showcase their work amidst historic surroundings. Broad Ripple Village is home to many exceptional stores and galleries, as well as a vast selection of restaurants, bars and the Historic Monon Trail, the perfect place for a casual, scenic stroll. Circle Center offers a multicultural shopping experience, with many European stores and an extensive food court.


For authentic American cuisine, Austin’s Restaurant is a must. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all given equal attention, resulting in delicious, traditional dishes. Until 11am patrons can enjoy delicious hash browns, omelettes and pancakes. For lunch and dinner favourites include shrimp, burgers, quesadilla and steak. Golden Corral’s famous buffet boasts a vast range of dishes, including pizza, pasta and carved meat. Those searching for a slightly more extravagant meal should look no further than Keystone Grill. One of the most praised restaurants in the city, Keystone Grill boasts fantastic fresh fish as well as many delicious meat options which are cooked to perfection on their unique mesquite wood grill. This elegant location is the perfect place for a truly fantastic meal.

Alcatraz Brewing Company serves visitors beer which is brewed on site. An enduring favourite, those searching for a bar will find no better pint in the entire city. Food is also served here, with an extensive and varied menu guaranteed to suit all tastes; visitors should be sure to leave room for one of the delectable deserts on offer. 6 offer a variety of forms of entertainment, aiming to please all who step through the doors. Those hoping to end the night with dancing can head towards the dance floor, but those simply hoping to enjoy a drink with a friend can search the varied menu for the perfect tipple.

Visitors looking to be entertained should head towards the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The base of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, classical music fans will fall in love with the many incredible performances on offer. There are also many other concerts hosted here; visitors should consult the schedule in order to plan their trip to this amazing venue.

Tourist Information

Indianapolis Artsgarden Visitor Center100 W. Washington Street

Tel: 317-624-2563

White River State Park Visitor Center801 W. Washington Street

Tel: 317-233-2434Website: []


[ Indianapolis International Airport] is located fifteen minutes away from the city centre. Served by many national and international airlines, Indianapolis International handles more than eight million passengers a year. In order to make their patrons’ experience more enjoyable and relaxing, the airport is currently constructing a new, state of the art terminal, to be opened in 2008.

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