I think everyone should visit downtown Indianapolis. The Circle Center Mall is located downtown. The mall has a lot of shops, a movie theater and also there are some nightclubs to visit in the evening.
Fondest memory: We host the Indianapolis 500 in the month of May. This is a great opportunity to meet people from a lot of different places.
Crown Hill Cemetery ranks among one of the nation's largest and when you enter the grounds, you will see what I mean. I know.... 'you want me to visit a cemetery???' Believe it or not, this is a highly reccommended spot in Indianapolis - the people and the architecture are fascinating, the history is engrossing,and if you're from a foreign culture, it serves as an all encompassing look at American burial customs. As with many sites and destinations, it really helps you appreciate it more if you are read up on the local area history before visiting. Otherwise, names like Irsay, Eiteljorg, and Lilly may not mean a heck of a lot to you :-)
Oh.... and allow a lot of time... this place is huge!!!
The highlight and culmination of the day should be the view from the peak. To find out more, check out their website where I got the picture you're looking at now. They have info, locators, maps, history, etc. You can also check my Crown Hill travelogue, but keep in mind it is not yet complete - I need special weather to catch the 'crown jewel' of shots to truly make it complete. :-)
visit some museums - Eiteljorg museum of American Indian hertige, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum - after all it is world famous, Indianapolis Art Museum - a truly nice museum with much variety, Children's Museum - the largest in the WORLD!!
Fondest memory: being SERVED a beer by a famous race driver who was bartending to raise money for charity
Fondest memory: I have a lot of family here, so for me Indianapolis means good times, good food, and family get-togethers. Zionsville, just north of Indianapolis, is a well-to-do suburb which offers nice restaurants and shops, brick lined streets, and a friendly atmosphere. Also, autumn is beautiful here, with brillant colors and brisk cool air.
Indianapolis is a clean and safe city. The people are very nice. A must see is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Indianapolis is truly the home of motor sport racing. The city hosts the largest open wheel championship racing event (Indy 500), the biggest prize for Nascar racing (Brickyard 400) and now one of the biggest Formula 1 races in the world. If that isn't enough, the US National Drag Races are held just outside of Indianapolis.
Downtown Indianapolis is very nice. Circle Center Mall is located within walking distances to the RCA Dome (NFL Colts), Conseco Field House (NBA Pacers) and my favorite, the fantastic new (but is styled like an old time outdoor) baseball stadium which is the home of the AAA Indianapolis Indians. (The tickets are cheap, the beer is great, the hotdogs are so-so. The baseball is super fun and I am not even a big baseball fan. If you get to Indy in the summer, go for the baseball.
Other stuff. The Indianapolis Childrens Museum is one of the best childrens museums in the country. I can vouch that it is fun for grownups too. It is interactive and takes a full day to go through it. It is located on North Meridian St. It is a cab ride or short drive from downtown.
There are many other activities that are worthwhile during your stay. One is the Eideljorge (SP?) museum which specializes in Western Art.
Fondest memory: I travel so much that what I miss about the city may seem a bit weird but here goes. Indianapolis does not have the major traffic headaches that most cities do. Even at rush hour it isn't bad. I live on the opposite side of town from the airport and I plan for a 25 minute drive. The town has over 2 million people so it is not small. It is just easy to get around. (Except for the Castleton area!)
I miss the attitude of the people. People from the midwest are generally very courteous and friendly. Indy is no exception.
Favorite thing: Go to a small Italian restaurant in Beech Grove (southside of Indianapolis). It's right off Main Street and has pretty nice cuisine. It's very quaint and almost never busy but has very good service and a nice setting too.
Circle Centre Mall, downtown. The mall has many stores, is in the center of downtown, and has a movie theatre, and a family fun and games area. (I've rented this out for birthday parties of 15 or more). I like people, and enjoy the diversity you find in this setting. The fourth floor, has a nightclub entertainment center. For $5.00 you received access to five bars. A modern music for the younger crowd, a live band bar, a sports bar, a retro 70 - 80's music bar, and a dualing piano bar. Just about anything you would need for a night out. Fantastic.
Fondest memory: The bicycle routes. I am an avid bicyclist. There are many different trails set a side for bicycles. There are roads with bicycle access rights. The monan trail.
Being a history freak myself, I would definitely take someone to Conner Prarie. It is a restored town from the early 1800's and has many specail events that are wonderful. The Christmas evening candlelight tours and the Halloween hayrides are really great.
Fondest memory: Having been born and raised here, I would miss the season changes and the unpredictable weather in the spring and fall. It keeps things interesting.
Favorite thing: I already described what the canal is in another general tip on this page. But the picture there was bad. So here is a better one.
Favorite thing: Getting a personalized tour of the State Capitol building by my Great Uncle Walt Roorda, an Indiana State Represenative until his death in 1993.
Favorite thing: Visit the Circle City Mall -- the shopping mall in the middle of downtown Indianapolis!