Indianapolis (United States)

Indianapolis Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Serge Melki

The world's racing capital

Indianapolis (pop 820,000) is the capital of the US state of Indiana, practically located in its core
Most famous for the yearly Indy 500 race
Loads of museums to choose from and vibrant neighbourhoods like Broad Ripple make this a place worth visiting

For those of us well versed in ancient Greek, the name Indianapolis has the sound of something great. Its suffix "polis", simply meaning "city", was typically found in the name of the great city states in the ancient world (think Acropolis or Persepolis). What's in a name, and can Indianapolis live up to it? OK, let's be fair here, there is no need to compare Indianapolis to the great cities of the world as this is just your typical Midwest US city. But as far as those go, we do reckon the capital of Indiana is a pretty cool place.

Most visitors will at first associate Indianapolis with only one thing: car racing. This is the city of the yearly Indianapolis ("Indy") 500 race where 33 racers try to come out on top after 200 laps. Those laps are each 2.5 mile long, making for a total of 500 miles, hence the name. If you want to experience that event, head over here on the Sunday before Memorial Day. If that's not your thing however, there are still other reasons to drop by.

What especially stands out to us is the large number of museums that can be visited here. There is the Indianapolis Museum of Art (including exhibitions of American art from before Columbus, European art, Asian art and much more), the largest children's museum in the world, the State Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and many more. The zoo and landmarks like the huge Indiana War Memorial complete the list of standard sights. Downtown Indianapolis has plenty of art galleries that can be checked out too.

Two specific parts of town that are not to be missed are Broad Ripple and Fountain Square - both of which are vibrant though very different neighbourhoods featuring bars, clubs, restaurants, art galleries and plenty of shopping. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Indianapolis is a city in United States's region of Indiana. It has a population of 820,445, is situated at an altitude of 732ft and the best airport to fly into is IND (Indianapolis International, Indianapolis)
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

Indianapolis Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

36 41 52 63 73 82 84 84 77 66 52 39

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

2.7 2.3 3.5 3.8 5 4.3 4.6 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.7 3.2

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More Indianapolis travel resources

American cities usually don't leave you wanting for more travel information. Once you start Googling you will find loads of useful links. For starters there are always the Wiki and Wikitravel. Then there is the official tourism site which we can wholeheartedly recommend. Our friends at Tripadvisor have their bits and pieces of usual information, while Travel Channel has a useful little guide too. Other useful sources are Doing Indy, Midwest Living (on a number of things for active travelers to do here) and finally the Indy Restaurant Scene. Enjoy.

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