Indianapolis Holiday Guide

Indianapolis Travel Information

Positioned in the midwest of the United States of America, Indianapolis is the capital city of Indiana. Since the city's founding in 1821 it has grown into a busy metropolis with a thriving manufacturing industry, while also being home to a number of important sporting events. Indianapolis is a thriving tourist destination drawing tourists to its interesting mix of culture, sports and tourist attractions.

The city is most famous for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosts the 'Indianapolis 500-mile Race' every year. The motor race is the single biggest sporting event in the world, attracting more than 250,000 spectators in one day. Another major attraction in the city is the Indianapolis Zoo, located in the White River State Park. The zoo has some impressive marine life exhibits with a special underwater viewing dome where you can check out the dolphins as well as a large shark touch tank for the brave at heart.

Indianapolis Tourist Attractions

Indianapolis's charming downtown area is teeming with a lively nightlife and entertainment scene. Indianapolis has plenty of fine dining restaurants and trendy bars, some with live music. The city has a thriving café culture and is renowned for its great coffee. The downtown area is also blessed with some wonderful art galleries and the Madame Walker Theatre, which was built in the early 1900s.

The city is very green with beautiful parks that are perfect for a relaxing walk or family picnic. The area along the river has fantastic restaurants and paddleboats for hire, which are great for an enjoyable afternoon.

Transport Around Indianapolis

Flying in to Indianapolis is easy with an international airport just 10 minutes from downtown. Flights arrive from all parts of the United States as well as some neighbouring countries. Trains connect to Chicago, Washington and also New York City on a daily basis. Greyhound offers numerous bust routes between Indianapolis and most major cities of the country. The city is known as the 'crossroads of America' because there is a network of interstate highways passing through Indianapolis.

Indianapolis is considered a very safe city with a low crime rate, especially against tourists, however as with any large city common sense should be exercised. Some of the 'inner loop' suburbs are best avoided particularly at night.