Indy at all hours Tour the Circle City via the new eight-mile Cultural Trail (above), or check out the endless shopping and dining options on Mass Ave (bottom right). Aſter sunset, enjoy live music outdoors at Te Rathskeller Biergarten (right).
Indulge in the diabolical shrimp cocktail at the legendary St. Elmo Steak House, an Indianapolis landmark since 1902, named by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s
“10 Great Classic Restaurants Well Worth Visiting.” Or grab a pint at the Slippery Noodle Inn, the Midwest’s premier blues bar, patronized by everyone from Harrison Ford to Dave Matthews. Founded in 1850, the Noodle is Indiana’s oldest bar, and has a history as part of the Underground Railroad. Te Slippery Noodle Inn offers live blues music seven days a week, and serves a full menu that runs the gamut from sandwiches to steaks.
Indianapolis’ new Cultural Trail has garnered international attention. Te city removed a lane of traffic along its main thoroughfares in order to make room for the eight-mile, bike- and pedestrian-friendly trail, which connects visitors to six cultural districts, restaurants, attractions, hotels, and meeting venues. Take a guided tour, or rent a bike and explore the city solo.
Te Indiana Convention Center expanded in 2011 to nearly double in size and capacity, and Lucas Oil Stadium provides 183,000 square feet of contiguous convention space, two exhibit halls, 12 meeting rooms, and 11 load- ing docks. Its easily retractable roof can bring attendees the sky in minutes, or be closed should the weather turn inclement. Te stadium houses 63,000 permanent seats, with adjustable capacity for up to 73,000 people — and a breathtaking view of the skyline. Together, the convention center and stadium offer 749,000 square feet of exhibit space, and it’s all only a short walk from the 18,345-seat Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers.
thriving local breweries, or treat attendees to farm-to-table delights from James Beard Award–winning chefs at R Bistro or Recess. Visit Robert Indiana’s original LOVE sculpture, which sits on 152 acres of pristine gardens and grounds at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Attendees can also enjoy the outdoors at White River State
Park, a cultural urban state park in the heart of downtown complete with the scenic Central Canal. The park offers 250 acres of green space and entertainment, and is home to attrac- tions like the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens. Explore the NCAA Hall of Champions, offering tons of inter- active games and exhibits, or grab your mitt and head to Sports Illustrated’s best minor league ballpark in the United States, Victory Field, offering more than 12,000 seats and room for 2,000 on the lawn. Learn Hoosier history at the Indiana State Museum, or Native American culture at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Tour White River State Park via bike, boat, or Segway. It’s no surprise that Indianapolis is one of the top 25 most-
visited cities in the United States — because there is an end- less list of reasons to “do Indy.”