Standing at a crossroads, whether real or symbolic, generally means you have a choice to make about which direction to take. As a wise wanderer who is perpetually planning your next adventure, choosing among destinations across the world and pondering how best to spend your time when you arrive there, you understand the crossroads dilemma well, and know that it's a delightful one to have. Will your chosen path lead to a joyful experience, the discovery of new landscapes and landmarks that enliven your soul, and the making of memories to last a lifetime? The only way to find out find out where to stay in Indianapolis and pick up and go.
Travel to Indianapolis, a city known as the "Crossroads of America," and you'll view the perpetual path-choosing quandary in a different way. With so many appealing things to do in Indianapolis, from admiring great works of art, to visiting the home of a president, to feeling the searing backdraft of a speeding race car, this crossroads of a city posits the alternative option of simply staying put. Take some time off from planning what path to take and trade the sweetness of anticipation for the carefree, in-the-moment comfort of being still for a while. You'll move on down the road to your next adventure in due time, but for a few days or more, our great Indianapolis hotels will plant you at the crossroads — and you'll discover what a fine place it is to be.
Another Indianapolis moniker is "Racing Capital of the World," and you can pay homage to the city's motor sports heritage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with some cheap Indianapolis lodging. If you're a racing fan and fortunate enough to score tickets to the Indy 500, be sure to search for places to stay in Indianapolis well in advance of your trip. The deafening roar of dozens of powerful engines, the noxious smells of fuel and searing tires, and a packed crowd of excited sports fans all combine to make this the "greatest spectacle in racing." Visit the speedway at any time of year and you can admire the aerodynamic beauty of historic and contemporary NASCAR, Formula One and IndyCar Series cars at the on-site Hall of Fame Museum. Indianapolis also boasts the largest children's museum in the world. If you're traveling sans-kids, you'll still stand in awe of the sight of life-size dinosaurs seemingly smashing through the museum's outside walls, on the verge of running rampant through downtown. Another unmissable landmark is the circa-1888 Indiana Statehouse, an elegant, neoclassical monument topped with a verdigris dome. A highlight of a tour is the Great Hoosiers in Sculpture collection, though the spectacle of politics in action from one of the public galleries overlooking the chambers stirs your curiosity, for this may be history in the making.
Cultural and Historic Attractions
Staying at one of the downtown Indianapolis hotels puts you close to White River State Park, a sprawling green space that also plays host to many of the city's most enticing cultural attractions. Among them are the Indiana State Museum, where incredible items on display range from a massive mastodon skeleton to a 17-foot-tall steam-powered clock; and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, where you can admire masterpieces by such renowned artists as Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol. Also be sure to check the schedule for outdoor concerts on the Governor's Lawn in the park. Continue a day of art appreciation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, one of the oldest and largest in the country, or combine the experience with a walk through the city along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The 8-mile route through six cultural districts is lined with public art designed to pique your senses, from the neon gleam of a huge glow-in-the-dark Abraham Lincoln head to the curiosity of an aroma-filled alleyway created by a scent machine inside a hidden vault. Wondering where to go next when you're staying at the crossroads? How about the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, the home of the 23rd U.S. President and an encapsulation of American history.
Eating and Drinking in Indianapolis
If you are just staying for a short while at one of the hotels near Indianapolis Airport, take some time to enjoy the culinary experience Indianapolis has to offer. As one of the major cities in the Midwest and the state capital, you won’t be surprised to know that Indianapolis' dining scene runs the gamut of international cuisines, with your options ranging from upscale bistros and cocktail bars to casual diners where the portions are large and the waitresses as friendly as they come. In general, though, Indy's typical restaurants, cafes, and bars are characteristically casual and unpretentious. Downtown, you'll discover an abundance of craft breweries, many of which offer food as well as brews. Such establishments include a converted church, a British-style pub, and a brew house sharing space with a bookstore. Find a seat on a sunny patio or beside a fire pit on a cool evening, order a pint or two with a wood-fired pizza or oozy cheeseburger, and let the casual, convivial atmosphere put all thoughts of planning your next move out of mind.
Day Trips from Indianapolis
Find time in your itinerary to take a trip down one of many major highways that cut through Indianapolis. In assessing your potential daytrips, you'll discover how the city earned its crossroads epithet and appreciate what a prime position you're in as a perpetual traveler. If you're eager to see more of Indiana, feast your way through foodie-friendly Bloomington, take a trip to French Lick for a round of golf or a day boating on Patoka Lake, or hit the trails at Hoosier National Forest. Drive south to Louisville, Kentucky, where you can buy yourself a genuine Louisville Slugger baseball bat and a bottle or two of hand-crafted bourbon. When the views outside your window change to lush green horse pastures, and the radio tunes itself to the twang of a country music station, you'll be in no doubt you've entered the Bluegrass State. Or, head instead to Cincinnati, Ohio. While you're there, don't miss the chance to dine on the city's signature chili, a unique savory stew served over spaghetti and bursting with the flavors and aromas of the Mediterranean. Pile cheese and onions on top and you'll really be feasting like a local.
Ready to Stand at the Crossroads of America?
Use the Travelocity app to help you find cheap hotels in Indianapolis. You'll find that while journeys north, south, east, and west all have their appeal, and the anticipation of heading down your next path brings a smile to your face in the days and weeks before you adventure, all of that can wait a while. Standing still at the Crossroads of America, you'll discover the joys and depths of experience that come from digging into the delights of one great city. Stay put... stay still... stay in the moment... and always wander wisely.