Flights to Indianapolis
Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in all of the United States, and the state capital of Indiana. It is the only capital city at the exact geographic centre of its home state.
The Indianapolis International Airport (airport code: IND) is about a 10 minute drive from the downtown core, and the main airport for international service. There are small airports in the area, such as the Greenwood Municipal Airport and the Metropolitan Airport but these only handle local air traffic. Flights to Indianapolis from South Africa are indirect with at least one connection. Choose from United Airlines or Delta Air Lines to fly via one stop to Indianapolis from South Africa, or Air France, Virgin Atlantic Airways and British Airways offer travellers two stop flights to Indianapolis from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions in Indianapolis:
The zoo is just west of the downtown core of the city, and spreads over 64 acres. There are exhibits representing many different ecosystems of the world, including deserts, oceans, plains and forests. A dome for watching dolphins underwater is unique to the Indianapolis Zoo. There is a small petting zoo and some amusement park rides as well, great for children to enjoy. Admission fees are reduced on Tuesdays if you’re visiting the city during the week.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The city is most famous for the annual Indy 500 race that is held at the Motor Speedway. Other races including the Brickyard 400 and the Red Bull Moto GP take place in Indianapolis as well. It’s the largest capacity sporting facility in the world that can accommodate around 400,000 people. If there are no races scheduled, visitors can still tour the Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and see the world’s largest collection of race cars and memorabilia.
Crown Hill Cemetery
The Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis is the 3rd largest cemetery in the United States, and although you might not expect it to be it is quite popular as a walking tour destination. There is a Gothic chapel on the grounds, and a number of famous grave sites, and maps are even available to help you navigate. You can visit the resting places of John Dilinger, Booth Tarkington, Colonel Eli Lilly and President Benjamin Harrison among many others.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the oldest in the country, and is home to more than 50,000 pieces of traditional and contemporary artwork. The exhibits cover all aspects of art history, including the Chinese Ming dynasty, the Meiji period of Japan and art from ancient Egypt. Art by local Indiana artists is also on display. Artworks include paintings, ceramics, textiles, sculpture and drawings.
Conner Prairie Living History Museum
You can learn more about the history of Indiana, and see much of it in action at the Connor Prairie Living History Museum. The village is located just outside of the city, and shows what life was like in the 1800s with many demonstrations by costumed staff. There are period houses, log cabins, schoolhouses, a covered bridge and many other historic sights. They host many special events at the village during various holidays as well.
When Should You Visit?:
Indianapolis is a typical Midwestern city, with hot summers and cold winters but nothing too extreme. The summers can be humid, and the high temperatures of 30C (86F) usually occur during July and August. June is also quite warm at 28C (82F). The coldest winter temperatures are in January, when it drops to -7C (19). Spring weather can be unpredictable, and the autumn months of October and November are ideal for sightseeing.