Come to Indianapolis for modern, exciting museums, a great program of concerts and festivals, America’s only cultural urban state park and of course, the Indy 500. You can find out more about this major motor racing event by visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, where you have the chance to take a spin around the track on a bus tour – at speeds of well under 100 mph.
There are 24 state parks in Indiana, including the popular White River State Park in Indianapolis. Brown County in south-central Indiana is the largest and most visited with its forests and hilltop views at their most stunning during the autumn season. Also well-worth seeing is the stunning Indiana Dunes State Park on Lake Michigan and Spring Mill State Park which features an historic settler village and a network of caves that you can tour by boat.
Hoosiers (natives of Indiana) love their sport. Along with motor racing, basketball is also a state craze and its heritage goes back to the founding years of the sport. Indiana produces more NBA (National Basketball Association) players per capita than any other state in the county. You can see state team the Indiana Pacers in action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena or watch the Indianapolis Colts play their home American football games at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Both stadiums are in downtown Indianapolis.
With around 80 wineries in Indiana, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to sample local varieties while you’re exploring the state, with at least five different designated wine trails to help you join the dots on a wine tasting daytrip. Indiana is also experiencing a beer boom at the moment with almost 100 breweries now in operation and an annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival in July.
Southern Indiana’s limestone soil has resulted in some spectacular caverns, some of which were discovered by Native Americans thousands of years ago, but a few of which have only recently been opened to the public, like the Indiana Caverns which only opened in 2013. This cave, part of the Binkley Cave network, offers visitors the chance to discover previously unseen cathedral-like caverns and an array of limestone formations.