Located right at the center of Indiana and known as the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis is a great base from which to explore in all directions and take in all kinds of attractions. Within a short drive of the city are world famous destinations such as Chicago and Louisville, and beautiful landscapes. Enjoy the natural surroundings of the White River Gardens and spend time outdoors at the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden. Architectural gems in Indianapolis are varied, from the ornate 1920s neo-gothic Scottish Rite Cathedral to the contemporary steel and glass construction of the Indianapolis Artsgarden. You can check out various historical sites including the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Suite and Indiana War Memorial, or visit the beautiful Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art complex that includes Fairbanks, an incredible 100-acre sculpture park.
Sports fans will enjoy a trip to the NCAA Hall of Champions, a visit to the impressive Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse or the nearby Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, just a short drive away. Of course, Indianapolis is also famous for hosting the Indianapolis 500 motor race held at the Speedway 6 miles northwest of downtown. If you are not in the city in late May for the race you can always check out the Speedway Museum to visit the famed racetrack. If literature is more your thing, Indianapolis is the home city of Kurt Vonnegut and has a museum and library devoted to the renowned author.