Indy Media Accolades

National media are taking notice of Indianapolis as a hot destination for leisure travel, conventions, and meetings. Below is a taste of the buzz surrounding Indy.

Condé Nast Traveler readers point to Indy's continuing cred as a booming foodie scene as the number one reason its star is on the rise.

Indy is one of only two US cities named atop Airbnb’s list of hottest destinations around the world. Who’s looking for a getaway?

In explaining the appeal of Indianapolis, Forbes pointed to sports, food and drink, value, steak, golf, and unique attractions as just a few of the reasons why the city punches well above its weight class.


Indy Makes OUT Magazine's Wish List of Places to Visit in 2018

With the highest circulation of any LGBTQ monthly, OUT is an authority on fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle which now calls Indy a true cultural contender. Commending daring new design projects, a high quality of life, and low rents, OUT puts the city in its top 9 for 2018.

After visiting dining destinations across America, Zagat recognized Indy's culinary innovation, awards, nationally-known restaurants, and new openings in 2017, making it one of their 30 top picks.

The America's Favorite Places survey was a way for locals to share what their hometowns do best, and Indy residents love how visitors are so often surprised and impressed by the city's picturesque canal, top notch architecture, and affordable pricing. The numerous votes for Indy landed it at #7 on the list.

Readers agreed that the city's friendly people, variety of things to see and do, and abundance of great places to eat make Indy a great choice for visiting and living.

For the fifth year in a row, the Indianapolis International Airport has landed in the premier spot as best airport in North America. This annual consumer survey consistently identifies IND’s ability to provide the best direct consumer experience, and with local restaurants, incredible art, short security lines, a on-site bee apiary, and the world’s largest airport-based solar farm, we couldn’t agree more.

When USA Today readers were asked to rank their Top 10 Convention Cities, it was Indy coming in at #1. With more hotel rooms (4,700) connected to the Indiana Convention Center than any city in the country, it isn't surprising that the ease of meeting in Indy pushed us to the top of the list.

The New York Times explored Indy and discovered towering monuments, craft distilleries, and sizzling chefs in a progressive downtown that positions the city as much more than The Racing Capital of the World.

Conde Nast

Indy's Food Scene Catches the Attention of Condé Nast Traveler

When identifying the "30+ Best Places to Visit This Summer," it was Indy's up-and-coming food scene that caught the attention of editors. Standouts like Milktooth, Marrow, and Black Market got callouts for the work of their young chefs that are drawing national attention for their innovative menus.

In identifying the country's 30 favorite big cities, Indy was cited for being affordable and an elite destination for both college and professional sports fans. They also called out museums like the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and the Long-Sharp Gallery in the lobby of the Conrad Indianapolis.

Conde Nast IND

IND Named Best in America

Spacious and airy Civic Plaza, cutting-edge security procedures, and local food options push Indianapolis International Airport to the top of Condé Nast Traveler's list of top U.S. airports for the third year.

JW Marriott Conde Nast

Indy's Largest Hotel Stands Out in the Midwest

With a unique offering of five hotels and multiple price points capped by a prime location across the street from both White River State Park and the Indiana Convention Center, the JW Marriott stood above the competition to take top honors among hotels in the Midwest.

Bicycling Magazine

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Draws Attention to Indy as a Top U.S. Biking City

Completion of the 8-mile, $63 million Indianapolis Cultural Trail has proven to be a boom to the city as private development has followed its path through the downtown core and adjoining neighborhoods. The trail, and the complementary Pacers Bike Share, pushed Indy up 25 spots on Bicycling magazine's annual list.

Stadium Journey

Lucas Oil Stadium Recognized for Outstanding Fan Experience

A prime location in the heart of downtown Indy has drawn recognition to Lucas Oil Stadium not only for what happens in the stadium, but the fan experience surrounding the stadium. Stadium Journey cites pre-game activities on downtown streets and, specifically, nearby Georgia Street for making game day in Indy the best in the NFL.


Indy Making Headlines:


Indianapolis is a Culinary Force to be Reckoned With — Tasting Table

52 Places to Go in 2014 — New York Times

Readers Choose Indy Best Convention City — USA Today

“Indy Rocks!” — New York Post

10 Best Cities for Families to Visit — Parents Magazine

America’s Coolest Street Art — Travel + Leisure

7 Walkable Cities, Indy #1 — Rejuvenate Magazine

“This is a terrific American city, a worthy city, a city of hidden charms and historical significance.” — New York Post

“Indianapolis is one of those places that residents don’t want the masses to know about, lest they spoil its perfect blend of bustle and easygoing Midwest mentality that makes it such a livable and lovely city.” —

Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014, #3 — Livability

A Best City to View from a Bicycle Seat: “This bustling heartland metropolis is going out of its way to cater to cyclists, both local and visiting.” —

Cultural Trail recognized as the Biggest and Boldest Step by Any American City: “Indianapolis, whose name is synonymous with speeding cars, is building world-class facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians right through the heart of downtown.” — Project for Public Spaces

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Voted Best Museum for Families — USA Today

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