Visit Indianapolis and you’ll soon discover Indiana’s capital has more than motor sports to recommend it. A thriving metropolis, the city offers travelers of all tastes plenty to see and do. Make sure the following attractions are on your Indianapolis itinerary.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Site of Famous Indy 500
While there’s more to Indy than its famous racing heritage, you’d be remiss to skip the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2.5-mile track is home to the Indianapolis 500, held over Memorial Day weekend, and the Brickyard 400, in July. There’s nothing like the energy of the crowds on race day, but don’t feel too bad if you aren’t visiting during a major event. You can still see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which celebrates the venue’s rich motor racing history.
You’ll find Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the suburb of Speedway, 6 miles west of downtown. Nearby hotels catering for motor racing enthusiasts include The Speedway Legacy Inn, Wingate by Wyndham Airport, and Waterfront Hotel.
Monument Circle: Historic Heart of the City
Monument Circle is both the literal and figurative heart of Indianapolis, located where East and West Market Streets meet North and South Meridian Streets.
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the circle’s most important feature, celebrates the everyday Indiana residents who gave their lives in countless ways. When Bruno Schmitz created the monument in the late 19th century, it was intended to honor the local veterans of the American Civil War. However, over time it’s also been recognized as a tribute to fallen Indiana soldiers from the American Revolutionary War, the conflicts leading to the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the Spanish-American War. Climb the stairs to the monument’s observation deck for a magic view of Indianapolis.
Monument Circle is also home to bronze statues recognizing former Indiana governors and a general. A pair of water pools beautify the circle, which also hosts events throughout the year. There always seems to be something going on, from annual food festivals to weekly exercise classes.
Monument Circle’s central location is close to many downtown Indianapolis hotels, including The Columbia Club, Conrad Indianapolis, and Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown.
Indianapolis Canal Walk: Enjoy a Waterfront Stroll
After a busy day of sightseeing, it’s refreshing to slow things down with a stroll along the Indianapolis Canal Walk. Part of the Indiana Central Canal, this refurbished waterside promenade stretches from White River State Park to 11th Street. Admire the pedal boats and gondolas making their way down the canal as you stretch your legs on this 3-mile looped path. When hunger strikes, try one of the Canal Walk’s outdoor eateries including Fresco Italian Café and Stardust Terrace Café.
As it’s located in Downtown Indianapolis, there are many hotels close to the Indianapolis Canal Walk. Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, and Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis at the Capitol are all close by.
So what are you waiting for? All of these top attractions and so many more are waiting for you to discover in Indianapolis.