We arrived in Indianapolis late Friday night and checked into the Hilton Downtown Hotel. It was conveniently located next to some great places and there was so much to see within walking distance. Our room was incredibly spacious and featured its own lounge and work area. It was such a pity that we didn’t have more time to spend at the hotel or in Indy for that matter.
Before leaving Indianapolis yesterday morning, we visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. We got to see some pretty awesome cars and also went onto the track for a tour. It was a surreal experience but can only imagine how incredible it is during track days and racing events.
On our way to Nashville we stopped at the National Corvette Museum. Jacques was in his complete element.
We also drove past “The most awesome flea market in the world” in Kentucky. The market had almost everything for sale including animals, guns and used clothing. Completely random indeed!
There are so many things we are looking forward to seeing on our road trip. I tried to narrow down one attraction for each of our pit stops. It was extremely difficult but here it is.
New York – Times Square
This is a famous New York attraction and looks incredibly exciting. It is the soul of NYC
Pittsburgh – Duquesne Incline
There is not that much that appeals to me in Pittsburgh; however this is cool
Indianapolis – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis is home to the Indi 500 and this is definitely not to be missed
Nashville – Country Music Hall of Fame
What?! It is the home of Country Music
New Orleans – Mississippi River
Only because The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was my absolute favourite
Dallas – Mesquite Rodeo
We are looking forward to a real cowboy experience
Amarillo – Cadillac Ranch
Who doesn’t want to see a bunch of cars sticking out the ground?
Albuquerque – Sandia Peak Tramway
To be honest, Jacques is looking forward to this the most.
Flagstaff – Antelope Canyon
On route to Las Vegas, we plan on driving through Page to see Antelope Canyon
Las Vegas – The famous Las Vegas sign
Call it cliche, but I am seriously looking forward to taking a picture with this sign
Los Angeles – Universal Studios, Hollywood
Because this is just too damn cool to miss
San Francisco – Alcatraz
I have a weird obsession with prisons and this is number 1 on my list
Many people do not think of including Indianapolis in their travel plans when visiting the United States. However there are so many things that make Indianapolis like no place else and we knew that this had to be a place to stop over during our road trip. So what’s so great about Indianapolis anyway?
The Indianapolis 500
Mention the word Indianapolis and all you can think off is fast cars and racing. The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is an automobile race held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered one of three most prestigious motor sports events in the world. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000, and infield patrons raise the race-day attendance to approximately 300,000.
White River State Park
White River State Park boasts world-class attractions and destinations that offer distinctive experiences for every interest and visitor! Yes, you will find green spaces, trails, trees, and waterways that you expect at any state park. As America’s only cultural urban state park, it offers a unique blend of green space (Military Park, the Central Canal, White River itself) and cultural attractions – including the Indianapolis Zoo; White River Gardens; the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; the NCAA Hall of Champions; the IMAX Theater; the Indiana State Museum; Victory Field and a premier outdoor concert venue, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park.
Art should not be limited to the walls of a museum and sometimes needs to be on display for everyone to see. Making art public allows for transformation of people and cities. Indianapolis is famous for its public art and provides a new way for people to experience the city. This makes the city and affordable cultural destination for people from all over the United States as well as the world. Visit Indy has a list of public art available for you to see. Make sure you take a look.
I am certain there are tons more exciting things to do in Indianapolis. Let us know which places we should visit by leaving a comment below. If you are looking for more info on Indianapolis as well as coupons and special take a look at Visit Indy – www.visitindy.com