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You're Going to Love Indianapolis

Vacationers overlook Indianapolis at their peril. That's because the capital of the Hoosier State is conveniently located, packed with sporting attractions, a great place to eat, drink and party - and blessed with some exceptional family attractions as well. What's not to love?

If all you care about is speed, Indianapolis is the place for you. Pack your earplugs and buy tickets to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to see the legendary Indianapolis 500, see the hall of fame or put your own skills to the test at Lucas Oil Raceway.

But even if you aren't an automobile fanatic, Indianapolis has plenty to offer. Broad Ripple is a fabulous place to dine or skip between bars like the Brewpub or the Alleycat Lounge. Downtown restaurants like Dunaway's compete in national competitions with the country's finest, while the Indianapolis Zoo will captivate kids.

When you include the fact that a friendly welcome is guaranteed, it become clear that few American cities deserve your attention more than this charming, vibrant Midwestern destination.

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Indianapolis is at its best when there's plenty to see and do. Winter isn't the ideal time to visit, owing to the generally very cold weather, but from April onwards the city is hard to resist. Motorsports fans should visit in late May to watch the Indianapolis 500, while August sees major events like the State Fair, Oktoberfest, and the Rib America Fest - so it's a great time to visit as well.

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Where to Stay in Indianapolis

Indianapolis offers a great range of different accommodation options, from modest B&Bs to luxury hotels. At the top of the range, you might want to try the Union Station Crowne Plaza, which offers unique accommodation in adapted Pullman cars or the Kendall Inn, where Jacuzzis come as standard. Looking Glass Inn B&B is a homely option in the city center, while budget travelers could try the Indy Hostel, which supplies comfortable dorm beds at affordable prices.

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Shopping Streets

Broad Ripple is the place to go if you are hunting for vintage clothing, art or antiques. Westfield Boulevard has some of the most popular stores, including Chelsea's gift shop and French Pharmacie (an apparel boutique). Fountain Square is another great shopping area. Jewelry and crafts lovers shouldn't miss Heirloom Classics Jewelry and Beads, while the Indianapolis Downtown Antique Mall can turn up incredible bargains. For an upscale mall experience, head to Castleton Square, home to stores like JC Penney, Sear's and Macy's.

Groceries and Other

If you are self-catering or need food for a picnic, the best places to shop for fresh groceries in Indianapolis are the local markets. You'll find farmers' markets in Irvington and Broad Ripple that showcase Indiana's fruit, meats, vegetables, cheese and baked products. If you want standard groceries, you can also head to supermarkets like Publix, Walmart and Marsh.

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Where to Eat in Indianapolis

Deciding where to eat in Indianapolis is tough. With so much to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. If you are out and about and need a snack, sandwich joints like 96th Street Burgers and Broad Ripple's Boogie Burger are the place to go. Bazbeaux Pizza has three locations where gourmet pizza is on the menu, and there are upscale options like Corner Wine Bar where the fillet mignon (and the wine list) is exceptional. Expect to pay anything from $10 for a burger to $40 for a gourmet meal, but mid-range meals generally cost around $15-20.