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Indianapolis City Guide

June 14, 2022

Welcome to Indianapolis! Plan a trip using HGTV's recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and what to do in Indy.

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Explore the Best of Indy

Indiana's capital city is known for its famous speedway, but there's so much more: family attractions, great breweries and restaurants, historic areas, war memorials, lively neighborhoods, outdoor adventures, shops, sports and music. If R&R is your style, you'll find that in Indianapolis, too. Beautiful White River State Park, shown here, is a great place to relax or play.

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Biking is big in Indy, and lots of bike-share stations encourage you to hop on and go. Take the Cultural Trail, an 8-mile path (soon to be expanded) that takes bikers and pedestrians through five cultural districts. Each is packed with things to see and do and features public artwork. There's no official end or beginning to the trail, but you can find a map here.

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White River State Park

White River State Park covers 25 acres of downtown Indianapolis with hiking and biking trails, waterways, a cultural trail and other attractions. It's also home to Victory Field, where the Indianapolis Indians play baseball, as well as the Indianapolis Zoo, museums, an IMAX theater, an amphitheater and the NCAA Hall of Champions. (Read on for more info on these attractions.) Visitors and locals come for live, world-class concerts, plays, fairs and festivals. See the website calendar for scheduled events.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Up to 400,000 fans can cheer on the racers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Indy 500, the NASCAR Cup series and other races are held. Opened in 1909, this circuit was once home to the United States Grand Prix. Add a personalized brick to one of four brickyards to commemorate a loved one, a special occasion or your visit (the track was once paved with bricks). While you're there, check out the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and the Brickyard Crossing, a golf resort. Both are on the grounds of the speedway.

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