A bustling metropolis in the center of its home state, Indianapolis is home to approximately 829, 000 people and the 12th largest city in the United States. Alternately known as the “Crossroads of America” and the “Racing Capital of the World” (owing to the presence of the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway), Indianapolis was originally expected to be an inland port city, but the nearby White River proved impossible to navigate for most of the year. Indianapolis offers warm springs, summers in the mid to high 80s, and cold winters, particularly in January.
While automotive history plays a big part in Indianapolis, there is plenty more for visitors to do and see, for children and families as well as adults. The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers contemporary art exhibits, and visitors can enjoy the Lilly House and Gardens, the Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, and the Glick Peace Walk.
In the summer, Indianapolis bustles with cultural events, such as the Indy Jazz Festival and the famous Indy 500 race that happens every Memorial Day weekend. In the winter, Indianapolis enjoys proximity to ski resorts such as the Perfect North Slopes in nearby Lawrenceberg. Visitors to Indianapolis can enjoy its cultural districts, breweries, museums, live music venues, and diverse entertainment attractions year round.
Transportation in and Around Indianapolis
Visitors to Indianapolis or the surrounding area are most likely to come in via the Indianapolis International Airport. Greyhound, Megabus, and Burlington Trailways offer bus service to and from Indianapolis, while Amtrak offers train service between Indianapolis and Chicago daily, and from Indianapolis to Washington D.C. and New York City three days a week. Travelers coming to Indianapolis by car are likely to discover why Indianapolis is called the “Crossroads of America, ” as interstate highways 74, 70, 69, and 65 all meet there.
Once inside Indianapolis, getting around can be a challenge. Taxis generally require calling ahead to arrange pickup, as few taxis can be flagged down. While Indy Go offers public bus transit, waiting for a bus can take up to 30 minutes outside of rush hour. Indianapolis also offers pedicab service from Indy Pedicabs, and there is a people mover that connects the Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, and the Wishard Hospital. However, for most travel around the city, visitors should either resign themselves to renting a car, or chartering a shuttle bus from companies like Metropolitan Shuttle.
You might also like
Book (Lonely Planet Publications)