About Indianapolis

About IndianapolisThe city of Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana. There are currently over 800,000 people living in area making it the 12th largest city in the United States and the second largest city in the Midwest. The official metropolitan area covers over 260 square miles of land. Indianapolis was once a manufacturing city that sat on a major east-west railroad line. Dramatic changes over the last several decades have resulted in an economy that is no longer reliant on manufacturing. The economy of Indianapolis is now based around several different successful industries including healthcare, technology, research and tourism.

The downtown area of Indianapolis has been named one of the best downtowns in the country. There are hundreds of different restaurants and storefronts available to visitors. The city has a surprising number of live theaters as well allowing guests to watch professional performances of everything from musicals to independent and experimental plays. Visitors to Indianapolis can also choose to visit one of over 20 different museums spread across the six cultural districts in the city. These include museums that highlight classical artwork, the civil war and the rich sports traditions of the city. There is even a memorial library dedicated to the writer Kurt Vonnegut.

Indianapolis has a large number of memorials constructed in several different areas of the city. Some are functional such as the Indiana State House that serves as the seat of government for the state. The Indiana World War Memorial is a 210-foot high stone memorial that covers five city blocks. It pays tribute to Indiana residents who died during the wars of the last century. Visitors might want to explore the city on foot by taking the Cultural Trail that winds through many of the cultural districts of the city passing by some of the major and minor monuments on display. A bike path lined with bike rental shops accompanies the trail for visitors who want to bike the city.

Many people come to Indianapolis each year in order to see one of the many national sporting events that take place. The most famous event is the annual Indianapolis 500 racing event that is held in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway each Memorial Day weekend. A National College Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship is frequently held in the city although this is not consistent every year. Visitors who are not interested in sports might want to purchase tickets to the large Indiana State Fair. Other popular annual events include the Indy Jazz Festival and the Heartland Film Festival.