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Navigating the US: Getting Around in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Car lovers and old-timers will undoubtedly recognize Fort Wayne, Indiana  for its manufacturing history and GM assembly plant. Having overcome many economic troubles over the twentieth century, Fort Wayne has reinvented itself as a family-friendly town with a wide variety of arts and entertainment highlights for those in its suburbs.


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Major Highways and Roadways to Know

Fort Wayne sits at the intersection of I-69 (which runs from Lansing to Indianapolis), Highway 30 (which runs from Mansfield to Gary), and Highway 24 (which runs from Toledo to Lafayette). I-469 circles around the east side of the city, offering a bypass route for those wanting to travel to-and-from I-69 without going through the downtown region.

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Best Places to Park

If you want to park in downtown Fort Wayne, the city posts a guide online to all of its parking lots and garages, including fees, attendant hours, and monthly rates. Nearly two dozen options are available if you need to park downtown for an event or attraction. There is free metered street parking after 5pm on weekdays and all day weekends.

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Airports and Car Rental

The Fort Wayne International Airport is located on the southwest side of the city and offers flights to many major cities around and outside the United States. The airport is clean and easy to navigate, though baggage check and claim may take some extra time. Vehicle rental services are available at the airport, including Enterprise and Hertz, as well as throughout the rest of the city.

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Hotels and Attractions

If you’re willing to spend the money, there are some excellent three-star hotels around Fort Wayne, including a Hilton, Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place, and Hawthorn Suites. Otherwise, there are still dozens of other, affordable options.

It’s easy to spend a weekend at Fort Wayne without feeling like you’re overwhelmed by people. Popular places to go are the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, TinCaps baseball team at Parkview Field, Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Convervatory, Science Central, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and the Castle Gallery. In fact, you’ll find many outdoor nature preserves here, and many indoor museum dedicated to aviation, firefighters, history, and more.

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