The Circle City
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Indianapolis- The Capital of the State of Indiana. Also know as The Circle City, The Racing Capital of the World, or Naptown.
Founded in 1821.
It is the second largest US capital, after Phoenix. It is a great place to live. Did you know that Indianapolis was the number one large market for affordable housing in the US last year? Shhhhhhh! Don't let that out, lest everyone start moving here. Lol!
Some of the highlights are as follows:
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500 and Allstate 400 auto races. Did you know that the Indy 500 is the largest single day sporting event in the world?
The Indianapolis Childrens Museum is the largest childrens museum in the world and is just awesome.
Monument Circle is a must see downtown, especially at Christmas time. Also check out the cultural districts, such as Broad Ripple, Mass. Ave., Indiana Ave., and the White River Park/Canal area. The zoo and gardens are located at White River Park and are very nice to visit also.
Some of the events that are popular are the Jazz Festival, The Circle City Classic football game, the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Indiana Black Expo, the Gen-Con role playing game convention, and the 500 Mini-Marathon, where you get to do a lap around the Motor Speedway.
Did anyone say sports? This town are sports fanatics, especially for their 2007 Champion Indianapolis Colts. They sell out every game and when they move into their new stadium this year, expect that streak to continue. The Indiana Pacers basketball team have always been popular too, but this year that popularity has declined. The Pacers do have a nice arena though. We have minor league baseball and hockey too. The baseball team are the Indians and are the farm team for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians stadium, called Victory Field has been noted as one of the nicest minor league parks in the USA. Oh, let's not forget the Indiana Fever womens basketball team!
More racing----The US Nationals Drag Races are here too! From 2000 to 2007, Indianapolis hosted the only Formule 1 race in the USA.
The Crossroads of America---Several major interstate highways run through the city, making it convenient to get out of town when you have seen all there is to see. I-70 runs west to St. Louis and east to Columbus. I-74 runs west to Peoria and east to Cincinnati. I-65 runs north to Chicago and south to Louisville. Then you have I-69 which runs north into Michigan. We are also gettting a brand new airport terminal in October of this year!
Well that's about it for this little summary. Hope you enjoy!