Indianapolis City Travel Guide

Indianapolis City Travel Guide

After an extensive beautification project that began in the 1980s, Indianapolis has evolved into a flourishing hub for industry, commerce, sports and entertainment.

The capital of Indiana is a city full of superlative attributes. It has been voted “One of America’s Best Places to Live and Work,” ranked among the best cities for small business, and cited as an optimal choice among meeting planners.

Enjoy a new one-of-a-kind outdoor experience that puts you right in the middle of an Indiana brush with the Civil War! Through theatrical wizardry, including video and sound and Conner Prairie actors dressed in authentic period costumes, you become part of the true story of General John Hunt Morgan’s raid on Indiana. How would you react to a call to arms? What vital roles did women and children play in this drama? Discover what motivated real, everyday people who lived in Indiana during the Civil War.

The diversity of exhibits and programming at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis widely regarded as the top children’s museum in the nation is built upon the initial stewardship and inspiration of Mary Stewart Carey in 1925. The Canal Walk is a portion of the Historic Central Canal, an early 19th-century project designed to facilitate commerce.

Today, Canal Walk stretches through White River State Park north to 11th Street. Canal Walk features a mix of old and new architecture, attractions and monuments which offer a waterside promenade for strolls, jogging, inline skating, biking and boating.

St. Elmo Steak House is absolutely one of the best steak dining experiences you will ever have. Without a reservation you may have to wait but you won’t regret it. The shrimp cocktail with the horseradish sauce made in house is as famous as their steaks.

Cafe Patachou’s “student union for adults” is a pioneer of the farm-to-table, locally sourced restaurant movement. Farm fresh omelets, French toast and waffles, duck confit hash, and vegan Cuban breakfast – this is the place for a breakfast meeting!

Bynum’s Steakhouse locals deemed this restaurant the best place in the city to get a thick, juicy steak. Its rustic decor and friendly atmosphere serve the cause admirably. Many hearty steak dinners can be found on the menu, but swordfish and lobster tails are just as satisfying.

R Bistro, serving outstanding American cuisine and capitalizing on premium local ingredients, R Bistro features a small, select menu that changes weekly.

Depending on the time of year you visit, you might encounter something along the lines of pecan-crusted trout with honey-spice butter, chicken fried steak with chipotle gravy, or a butternut squash, spinach, and goat cheese stack. Don’t forget to end with a scrumptious dessert.

Don’t miss H2O Sushi serving exceptional sushi in an upscale, contemporary environment is the order of the day at this popular sushi bar. Try their somewhat dubiously named T and A roll, tuna and avocado that is, or opt for their version of the California Roll, employing only fresh crab. This is a must stop!

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