INDIANAPOLIS,INDIANA

Best Time to Visit Indiana


Indianapolis is by far Indiana’s major city (around 800,000 people). After a deep redevelopment of its downtown area, the Indianapolis of today is an important tourist destination, no more circumscribed to the big car races of Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR Brickyard 400.

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Best time to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana
When not to go to Indianapolis, Indiana
What to visit Indianapolis, Indiana
Hotels and flights to Indianapolis, Indiana

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Best time to visit Indiana


WHAT TO VISIT IN INDIANAPOLIS

Downtown and nearby
Circle Center Shopping and Amusement Complex
Indianapolis Artsgarden
Several memorials to war veterans around Monument Circle
White River State Park and the White River Gardens 
Indianapolis Zoo (in the White River State Park) 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway region
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Brickyard Crossing golf court
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Museums
Indiana State Museum (downtown)
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (located in the White River State Park)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Nightlife
Downtown, around Massachusetts Avenue
Broad Ripple Village

Events
Indianapolis 500 (last Sunday of May)
NASCAR Brickyard 400 (Summer)

See: Map of Indiana State


BEST TIME TO VISIT INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Fall is considered the best time of the the year to visit Indianapolis. Humidity is usually much lower than during summer, and weather tends to be sunny and temperatures agreeable. 

Summer is, however, the most popular season to travel to Indianapolis. If you want to witness the city animation at its peak, then Summer is the way to go (in spite of the often high humidity and temperatures). 

Indianapolis' winters are often bitterly cold, with some exceptions: there are some relatively mild winters, when tropical air coming from South reaches the region (similarly, some summers can be relatively cool due to the influence of polar currents, or unusually warm due to the Gulf of Mexico air currents).

Spring is a transitional season, with very changeable weather: the transition from cold to hot weather often produces thunderstorms and tornadoes (late May is a very popular period due to the Indianapolis 500).


WHEN NOT TO GO TO INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

You may want to avoid the winter months, when temperatures can attain very low levels, and occasional snowstorms strike Indiana.

If you want low accommodation rates, then mid and late May isn't a good period (due to the Indianapolis 500 and to car races fans crowds). July and August aren't the best months either (humidity and high temperatures may render these periods very uncomfortable). Accommodation rates can double in the car races periods. 

See the Indianapolis Weather Map below, for details.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA Weather Map

Indianopolis Weather Map


HOTELS AND FLIGHTS TO INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Indianapolis offers plenty of hotels, namely in the medium and expensive categories. Book your hotel rooms well ahead if you want accommodation in the races periods (the week of the race and also the two weeks before them).

Indianapolis International Airport is 12 miles west of downtown.

 

 

 

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