Sure, you might know Indy for its fast cars. But Indianapolis residents can also enjoy a slower pace along the eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail that seamlessly connects neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment spots. This cosmopolitan midwestern city scored high in the amenities category thanks to its thrumming cultural and outdoors scene that complement its famous race tracks.
Oh, and did we mention the growing craft brewery scene, professional sports and top-notch restaurants, too?
Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Warm summers, cold and windy winters.
Top Industries and Employers: Health insurance company Anthem is headquartered in Indianapolis. Global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company also calls Indianapolis home and is a large employer.
Favorite Weekend Activity: White River State Park is a good base camp for any weekend adventure, with kayaks, gondoliers and pedal boats sharing the Central Canal and a music venue inside the park. Of course, going to a concert or a sporting event in the famed Chicken Limos is bucket list-worthy. They are exactly what they sound like: quirky yellow limousines with a large chicken statue affixed to the top.
Best Brewery/Local Beer: Bring quarters to Black Circle Brewing so you can play vintage arcade games while sipping on a hard cider. And here’s some exciting breaking news: Beloved Scotland-based craft beer company BrewDog is planning a bar for Fountain Square later in 2019!
Beloved Bookstore: Books & Brews. The bookstore in the front sells gently used books, and a portion of proceeds goes to a local literacy program. A bar in the back sells craft beers named after books. Choose between a Charlie and the Chocolate Stout or Clifford, which — you guessed it — is a red ale.
Free Way to Have Fun: Discover local art at Indy’s two dozen art galleries during First Friday.
- Brittany Anas