Reason Number 1: Pinnacle Sporting Events
If you’re not familiar with the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500 motorsports race is reason enough to visit this heartland capital. With cars reaching speeds just under 200 mph in a crowd of over 400,000 people, the Indianapolis 500 and Nascar’s Brickyard 400 are two races you can’t let pass by.
However, the race is a yearly thing. What’s so special about 2012 for Indianapolis? The NFL Super Bowl, of course. Played in Lucas Oil Stadium, Super Bowl XLVI will draw hundreds of thousands of people to the much renovated downtown area adorned with plenty of nightlife, shopping, and even historical opportunities along the centralized Meridian Street.
Not interested in crowds of people and cold? Catch a baseball game at Victory Field for tickets as low as $5 in what Sports Illustrated calls the “Best Minor League Ballpark in America.”
Reason Number 2: Easy Access
They don’t call Indiana the Cross Roads of America for nothing – With Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington, Columbus, and Chicago all within three hours driving time via interstates, visitors will have no trouble reaching Indianapolis. Plus, the interstates encouraged Indianapolis to spread its roots away from the downtown area, making any traffic jam seem like a breezy Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. Well timed lights and grids of one way streets from the Children’s Museum to downtown shorten any 40 block trip to downtown under 10 minutes.
Reason Number 3: Cultural Trails
Want to see everything Indianapolis has to offer? Find a bike and hop onto the Monon Trail, a bicycle trail born from the retired Monon railway. If you dare to ride all 11 miles up to 144th street, you will pass through the Indiana State Fairgrounds, downtown Carmel Arts District, and Broadripple Village, a Bohemian part of town full of boutique shops, local restaurants, art galleries, and a vicarious night scene.
Ride (or walk at this point) south on the Monon Trail and you’ll quickly run into a similar swanky spot, Mass Avenue. Continue down Mass Ave and you’ll reach the Indianapolis Culture Trail, a trail passing various downtown art galleries, historic monuments, and the massive World War 2 memorial next to the Martin Luther King Memorial Park. Just east rests the Canal Walk, a Midwestern version of San Antonio’s infamous riverwalk. The canal passes White River State Park, the Eiteljorg historical museum, and the NCAA Hall of Fame before leading you to downtown.
So whether it’s the Superbowl, easy accessibility, or vibrant culture trials, you’re guaranteed an exciting, hassle free trip to Indianapolis and its people. Remember, there’s no searching or wandering in Indianapolis – only wondering what to do first!