Indiana's wholesome state capital is getting its groove on. The city has always had fast cars and a cache of prosperous museums. But now bicycle paths stripe the landscape, artisans make mead and Kurt Vonnegut shrines prevail (he's a native son). Folks are Midwestern friendly and prices are Midwestern reasonable. What's not to like?
Gape at racecars and take a spin around the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest for kiddies, with a whopping dinosaur stash. The Indianapolis Museum of Art showcases post-impressionists and sculpture-studded gardens, while the Vonnegut Memorial Library enshrines the author's typewriter and Pall Mall cigarettes. Indy's zoo, minor-league baseball stadium and still more museums huddle in White River State Park.
A great way to sample local neighborhoods is by cycling the Cultural Trail. Pedal to Massachusetts Avenue (aka Mass Ave) for theaters and boutiques, to Fountain Square for antique shops and the meadery, and to Broad Ripple for boisterous nightlife. Food and drink pit stops abound in each area.