Indianapolis, the Crossroads of America

Indianapolis, the capital and largest city in Indiana, is called “The Crossroads of America”—and for good reason. Four major interstates intersect in and around the city, and the Indianapolis Airport is a major hub for several airlines. So if you’re driving or flying through the American Midwest, there’s a good chance you’re headed to Indianapolis; why not stay a while and enjoy one of the friendliest cities in the nation?

If you’re bringing the kids, you’ll certainly want to visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It’s the largest children’s museum in the world, with countless fun and educational activities for children of all ages. Preschool children will love the Playscape, a specially-designed playground for children 5 and under that features a fantasy forest, sand dome, and splashing fun at the Water Table. Older children will want to check out ScienceWorks, an interactive gallery that allows kids to test out principles of science with entertaining exhibits and experiments, and even grown-ups will enjoy DinoSphere, a fantastic collection of real fossils dating back millions of years.

The famous Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands almost 300 feet tall, right in the center of the city on Monument Circle, and commemorates Indiana’s Civil War veterans. The base of the monument houses the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, and the observation deck 330 steps up offers a breathtaking view of the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

If you’re fortunate enough to be visiting the city in mid-September, then you’ll want to check out the all-new Indy Jazz Fest. Formerly a weekend-long celebration in early summer, the festival has grown into a week-long blowout, featuring world-class performances ranging from mellow outdoor shows to formal concerts to exciting dance club events. The festival’s educational focus will entice students and aficionados of jazz music from around the world, making for a truly amazing experience for jazz-lovers, music lovers, and fun-lovers alike.

Like to shop? Indianapolis has you covered. The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing is the place to be for fine apparel and accessories, with Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Coach, and many other top-quality shops and boutiques. The Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis features more than 100 shopping destinations; or, for something more eclectic, visit Broad Ripple Village for a great selection of trendy shops, local boutiques, and unique vintage retail outlets.

Of course, no trip to Indianapolis would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400 and an absolute must-see for racing fans. The Indy 500 is the largest one-day sports event in the world, attracting crowds of up to 400,000 people; but even if you can’t manage to make the race itself, you’ll enjoy the Hall of Fame Museum, where dozens of rare and famous race cars are on constant display.

Whatever your reason for visiting Indianapolis, you’re sure to find that the Crossroads of America is a city you’ll want to visit again and again.