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Navigating the US: Getting Around in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Getting Around Indianapolis Photo: Kyle Pearson

Referred to as the “Crossroads of America,” Indianapolis, Indiana is home of the Indianapolis Colts, the Indianapolis 500, and a variety of museums, restaurants, and landmarks. Indianapolis is the largest U.S. city not accessible by water, and is home to growing pharmaceutical, food, paper, and automotive industries.

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Recommended Modes of Transportation

Cars are ideal for getting around Indianapolis, a sprawling city. Complex bus routes and a largely un-serviced metro make public transit less than ideal, particularly for visitors.

If your travels don’t take you outside of the immediate downtown area, walking and biking are also great options, particularly when the weather cooperates. Indianapolis boasts impressive bike paths and flat terrain. You may also consider grabbing a cab when a walk proves to be too much, but have a phone number handy, as they are difficult to wave down in the city.

Indianapolis Skyline

Indianapolis Skyline MCC Indianapolis

Major Highways and Roadways to Know

Indianapolis earns its “Crossroads of America” title, as interstates 65, 69, 70, and 74 all meet here. I-465 encircles the city, while I-70 and I-65 travel directly through Indianapolis.

Alternative Ways of Seeing the City

Grab a pedicab for a truly unique experience. Indy Pedicabs and Circle City Pedicabs are the two pedicab companies servicing downtown Indianapolis. Grab one with a friend, or make a romantic date of it – either way you’ll soak in beautiful views of the city and the downtown culture along the way.

Best Places to Park

Parking in Indianapolis is generally not a problem. Parking garages and lots are plentiful and well-marked. Check out for more information on parking locations and availability.

Airports and Car Rentals

Indianapolis Airport

Indianapolis Airport Photo The West End

The Indianapolis International Airport serves Indianapolis, with flights to most major U.S. cities, and located about 15 minutes from downtown (without traffic).

Rental car pickup is incredibly easy at Indianapolis International. Most major rental car agencies are conveniently located in the Ground Transportation Center. We recommend making a reservation to ensure you’ll have a car waiting for you.

Hotels and Attractions

Indianapolis Children's Museum

Indianapolis Children’s Museum Photo: Clark Maxwell

Indianapolis is a bustling modern city, packed full of fantastic restaurants, nightlife, shopping, museums, and sports. The city certainly has something to offer everyone.

Here are just a few of our favorite attractions:

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