Exciting history, rich cultural heritage and high speed are just some of the reasons to put Indiana's capital, Indianapolis on your list of favorite getaways and vacation destinations. Sport is another important reason, as the city offers an array of opportunities to visit sport museums, take part in athletic events or view amateur and professional sporting events. The renowned Indianapolis 500 Car Race takes place annually in May and is recognized as the most televised event worldwide.
For sports enthusiasts Indianapolis travels are a unique opportunity to visit the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum, dedicated to auto tracing and automobiles. Those looking for some action from their Indianapolis travels should consider SportZone featuring six acres of great indoor athletic facilities to entertain families and large groups. And even if you are not an ardent sports enthusiast, Indianapolis won't leave you disappointed.
Cultural attractions, art and history abound here, including the Children's Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Lockerbie Square District with its numerous historic landmarks, and more. Other popular venues include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the RCA Dome and Circle Center, recognized as the hallmark of the downtown area. A definite must-do during your Indianapolis travels, the Canal Walk provides visitors with a wonderful opportunity to navigate through beautiful parks, trails and gardens.
With the establishment of the Circle Center with anchor stores Parisian and Nordstrom, and more than 100 specialty shops, nightclubs, restaurants and cinemas, the downtown area was revitalized, attracting today huge crowds of travelers with particular interest in great and exciting shopping. One of the leading malls in the city, the Fashion Mall, Keystone at the Crossing operates a number of national chain stores, as well as designer shops and specialty boutiques. Even more choices are available at the Castleton Square Mall, which is larger than Keystone and offers more opportunities for shoppers on a budget. Among other department stores are L.S. Ayres and Macy's in addition to a range of national chain stores.
Those visiting Indianapolis for the first time will be surprised to find here an extensive list of lodging options that range from small and cozy bed and breakfast inns to larger and more luxurious resort hotels. The most expensive hotels are concentrated in the downtown area, while the surrounding area is home to a number of moderate and budget hotels offering weekend packages.
Some of the most affordable and convenient options, particularly suitable for travelers who consider flights to Indianapolis as the best way to get to the city, include the Holiday Inn and Days Inn, both located in close proximity to the airport and just minutes from downtown. Other great lodging choices for your Indianapolis travels include Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort and Inn, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Omni Severin Hotel, the Canterbury, University Place Conference Center and Hotel and Westin Hotel Indianapolis among others.