Indiana is a state with a rich history and culture, and its capital city of Indianapolis is no exception. Located in the east-central region of the Midwest, Indianapolis is the twelfth largest city in the United States and the third most populous city in the Midwest. It is home to some of the world's most important single-day events, such as the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400, and the US Grand Prix. The city also boasts a variety of museums, historic sites, major sporting events, and natural attractions.
The total driving distance from Indiana to Indianapolis is 14 miles or 23 kilometers. When visiting Indianapolis, you can divide your time between exploring its great museums, historic sites, major sporting events, and spending time in nature. The Indianapolis Children's Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world, while the Indianapolis Zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals of 235 species. The nearby White River Gardens include more than 50,000 plants of approximately 3,000 different types.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum displays a vast collection of auto racing equipment from many motorsports and periods in automotive history. Some of the best places to visit in Indianapolis are the Indianapolis Children's Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, White River State Park, Holliday Park, Indiana World War Memorial, Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Indianapolis Canal Walk and Eagle Creek Park. The city is also home to several professional sports teams such as the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts, the National Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers, the WNBA's Indiana Fever and the United Soccer League's Indy Eleven. When it comes to food, some popular dishes in Indianapolis include breaded pork loin, cream sugar cake, Hoosier chili, persimmon pudding, Manhattan roast beef, sweet corn, crackers with sauce, zombie powder and fried brain sandwich.
If you're looking for a day trip or weekend getaway from Indianapolis, there are several cities within a short drive away. For example, it takes about two hours and 48 minutes to drive non-stop from Indianapolis to South Bend. South Bend is located 131.92 miles away from Indianapolis in a northerly direction along route US-31. Indianapolis has a consolidated form of government since its consolidation with Marion County in 1970. The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) is a quasi-governmental agency that organizes regional carpool and van rides and operates three connections to the public workforce from Indianapolis to employment centers in Plainfield and Whitestown. Health care in Indianapolis is provided by more than 20 hospitals, most of which belong to private non-profit health systems such as Ascension St.
Vincent Health, Community Health Network and Indiana University Health. Two state-supported residential schools located in the city are the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Indiana School for the Deaf. The most prominent weeklies include NUVO (an alternative weekly), The Indianapolis Recorder (a weekly newspaper that serves the local African-American community), The Indianapolis Business Journal (which reports on local real estate news), and The Southside Times. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is the city's main law enforcement agency. Two museums and several city memorials commemorate the armed forces or conflict including The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum and The Indiana World War Memorial Museum in The Indiana World War Memorial Square. Indianapolis has been the capital and seat of government of Indiana since it moved from Corydon in 1825. It got its name from Native Americans who translated it as Indian territory. When visiting this charming city with lots of greenery, glistening waterways and remarkable landmarks you will be sure to have an unforgettable experience.