This year, over 28 million people will arrive in Indianapolis. And leave reluctantly.
A glimmering canal walk, 250 acres of urban green space with one-of-a-kind museums, and a top 10 zoo. The original LOVE sculpture. The world’s largest children’s museum. The world’s spiciest dish. A professional and college sports fan’s dream. America’s most compact skywalk-connected convention and special event package. The #1 ranked Airport in North America nine years in a row (ACI). A safe, clean, and walkable urban center with 300+ restaurants, retailers, and cultural attractions. Ranked one of the Best Places to Go in 2021 (TIME Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure), Indianapolis is sophisticated but not pretentious. And so welcoming there’s actually a name for it – Hoosier Hospitality.
In fact, we’re too friendly to be called Indianapolis – just call us Indy.
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After a 15-minute cab ride from the airport, the second notable sight you'll encounter is your downtown hotel.
There are 12 hotels linked by skywalk to Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center, and Circle Centre mall.
Urban explorers can stroll to a collection of monuments and memorials rivaled only by Washington DC.
If you have kids, a trip to Indy isn’t complete without a visit to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world.
Want to experience Indy like a local?
Speaking of food, clear your sinuses with the ultra spicy shrimp cocktail at either St. Elmo Steak House or Harry & Izzy's, recognized as an ‘American Classic’ by the James Beard Foundation.
Our many stages support thriving local music and theater scenes, while welcoming touring shows of all kinds.
Enjoy your visit and remember, if you ever need help, just find a local.
As the first airport designed after 9/11, IND combines state-of-the-art security measures with smart design and plenty of public art. Speedy service, great restaurants, and plenty of shops to find that perfect souvenir have earned the airport a wall full of accolades, including Best Airport in North America by Airports Council International (eight years running), and by J.D. Power and Associates (two of four years), Best Overall Passenger Experience by J.D. Power and Associates, and Best Airport in America by Condé Nast Traveler the past five years. It’s also the world’s first LEED certified airport and boasts the fastest free Wi-Fi of all U.S. airports.
IndyGo provides bus service with over 30 fixed routes from their downtown transportation hub. The new Red Line is the city’s first bus transit line with electric buses, platform level boarding, and high frequency service to 13 miles stretching from Broad Ripple in the north, through the heart of Indy’s convention district, to the University of Indianapolis in the south.
Known as the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis is within a day’s drive of over half of the U.S. population and within three hours of Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati. Traffic congestion is a rarity, visitors find the city’s grid layout straightforward, and downtown features over 73,000 parking spots.
Away.com named Indianapolis one of the best cities to see from a bicycle, thanks to the city’s flat landscape, innovative Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and abundance of bike paths. Some hotels offer guests complimentary bikes, or they are available at two convenient rental locations and through the new Pacers Bike Share Program.
National journalists have proclaimed Indy one of the most walkable downtowns in the country. On foot, visitors can reach hundreds of restaurants and attractions from their hotel and meeting space. An expansive network of climate-controlled skywalks connecting 4,700 hotel rooms to the convention center, Lucas Oil Stadium, a four-story mall, and restaurants keep it walkable in all weather.
Train & Bus
Other options for reaching the destination include Amtrak, Greyhound, and Megabus, which all have hubs in the downtown area.