As we welcome in 2024, the Circle City is proud to be known as not just a local secret, but as a trending phenomenon. Five recent media accolades unveil that residents and visitors alike are well aware of the city's blockbuster year of events, starting with NBA All-Star Weekend and the Total Solar Eclipse. As evidence of Indy's rising prominence, these leading travel authorities are boldly declaring 2024 as the year to experience all that Indianapolis has to offer. Whether you're visiting Indy for leisure or business, the city's allure is becoming a nationwide sensation.
The chosen locations are among the trending cities in the US according to Airbnb, based on global searches by users in the United States. While the eclipse will be visible across the entire country, none will offer the same level of connectivity and accessibility as the "Crossroads of America." Indy is within a day's drive for over half of the nation's population.
Time Out Magazine
Time Out Magazine sings the Circle City's praises, touting Indy as a popular getaway destination for many reasons. Noting the city's spot on the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse, the publication also recommends the world’s largest children’s museum, numerous hiking and biking trails, and exciting opportunities to cheer on sports teams.
The Points Guy
"This will be Indianapolis' first Total Solar Eclipse in more than 800 years, and the town is going all-out with a citywide party to celebrate its 3 1/2 minutes of totality, including events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (NASA will broadcast live from the venue) and the Indianapolis Zoo."
Condé Nast Traveler
"It may be known as “Naptown,” but Indianapolis is anything but sleepy. In the past decade or so, this Midwest hub has become a bonafide foodie destination, thanks in large part to Jonathan Brooks’ Milktooth making headlines in late 2014. Since then, local chefs and restaurateurs have put their mark on everything from Asian street food to Italian classics. Could it be that Indianapolis is friendly because it’s so well-fed? You might as well visit yourself to find out."
"After April 8, 2024, it will be 20 years before Americans will again be able to experience a Total Solar Eclipse. Indianapolis, in what’s called the path of totality, has been deemed an official eclipse viewing site by NASA. The space agency will broadcast live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (admission $15), while other celebrations will take place in parks and museums across the city (free). Home of the NCAA, Indianapolis will host the Olympic swimming trials (June 15-23) as the top American swimmers compete for a spot on the team bound for the Paris Games (tickets from about $56). Indy also offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Frank’s Paddlesports Livery rents kayaks and canoes to use on the White River (from $20), and in 2024, the city will complete a $100 million overhaul of its extensive bicycling network. In the 1888 train station, the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis at Union Station maintains original Pullman cars as rooms."