As you land in Indianapolis, the first thing you'll notice is the airport. And not just in that “now-where-did-they-put-the-baggage-carousel-this-time” way. The first new international airport in America designed and built after 9/11, Indianapolis International Airport has been named the best airport in North America in 2013, 2012, and 2010 by Airports Council International and has been rated #1 (on everything from security to baggage claim) by travelers in a J.D. Power & Associates poll.
Whether you are on a bus tour experiencing group travel in Indy or are taking a 15-minute cab ride from the airport, the second notable sight you'll encounter is your downtown hotel. Indianapolis has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as having the nation's #1 hotel value–as well as what an Expedia® Insiders' Select™ poll recently named as the nation's best hotel.
That big, blue building? That's the striking new Marriott Place—a 1,600-room complex that offers four different hotel brands at four different price points. Those and eight more of our many downtown hotels are conveniently linked to yet another new development: the combination of Lucas Oil Stadium and the vastly expanded Indiana Convention Center (which, taken together, rank as one of the nation's largest convention facilities.
From there, it's anyone's guess as to what will catch your attention next. It might be the restaurants, ranging from Shapiro's (which USA Today called one of America's greatest delis), to Goose The Market (ranked by Bon Appetit as one of their Top 10 U.S. sandwich shops), to St. Elmo Steak House (home of the hottest meal in the world, as declared by the Travel Channel).
Our many attractions include The Children's Museum of Indianapolis—which is the largest children's museum in the world, and has been rated simply “the best” by Child magazine. The Indianapolis Zoo (located in the nation's only urban cultural state park) is ranked among the nation's top 10 zoos by TripAdvisor, and our Indianapolis Museum of Art—one of the country's 10 largest and oldest general art museums—won the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Services (the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries).
In the market for souvenirs? Circle Centre, a four-level urban mall anchored by Carson Pirie Scott, is a downtown landmark. On the city's north side, The Fashion Mall at Keystone presents such options as Saks Fifth Avenue and Crate & Barrel. And smaller, uniquely local shops are found within the city's various Cultural Districts.
Our many stages support thriving local music and theater scenes, while welcoming touring shows of all kinds. And in a city that built its reputation on sports both amateur and professional, you'll almost always find some sort of competition going on. As host of the world's 1st and 2nd-largest single-day sporting events (the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400)—and as the host of Super Bowl XLVI in 2012—we know how to show guests a good time.