If you’re planning a trip to the Midwest, then Indianapolis should be on the top of your list. From the Indy 500 to the Colts and the Pacers, Indianapolis has something for everything.
In fact, all you need to do is to hop in your RV rental from Outdoorsy and get ready to explore Indianapolis from an insider’s point of view. You’ll get to see a vibrant city that is also affordable and friendly. Continue reading to learn more.
Visit the Indiana State Museum
You’ll find this interactive museum in the beautiful White River State Park. It’s where you’ll get a first-hand perspective of Indiana’s cultural and natural history. It’s hard to believe this awe-inspiring museum started out as a small private collection in 1862. Really, it was first a room of minerals and curiosities founded by then State Librarian R. Deloss Brown.
By 1869, the museum was recognized by the Indiana General Assembly which prompted the state geologist to start collecting and preserving samples of Indiana’s geology and native plant species. Today, you’ll find everything from furniture to fossils to quilts to cars and even household items.
Plus, the artifacts are changed four times a year–so, you’ll see something new each time you visit.
Walk the Carmel Monon Trail
When you rent an RV, you understand that life is best spent outdoors. Well, you can do just that while walking the pedestrian-friendly Monon Trail. In fact, this area was voted one of the best places to live in the United States. Once you visit, you’ll see exactly why.
Imagine walking into a stunning landscape painting–except, in real life. The entire trail is 5.2 miles, which can make your daily workout. You don’t have to walk, you can run, hike or bike. This trail also connects both the Monon Trail South and the Monon Trail North.
Plus, it’s open from sunrise to sunset–perfect viewing time for the lush natural landscapes. In addition, it is one of the safest trailways in the United States. At 64th, 96th and 91st streets, you’ll find parking and rest stops.
The Indianapolis 500
A visit to Indy isn’t complete without a stop at the infamous Indianapolis 500. May is the official start of some of the biggest racing events of the year. Park your RV for some classic tail-gaiting fun before watching what has been called “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” A staple for residents of Indiana, the Indy 500 was amazingly first conceived in 1911.
Even if you’re not a racing enthusiast, you can’t help but to feel elated by the action. You should also check out the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, which may have a few celebrities involved.
Oh, and the night before the race, dress up for the Snakepit Ball held at the class Indiana Roof Ballroom. It is a black-tie event that draws the who’s-who crowd of Indianapolis.
As you can see, Indianapolis has something for everyone. You’ll get a big-city feel with a small-town heart. And, you’ll never be bored.