Indianapolis was founded in 1821; the name derived from the state’s name, Indiana (meaning “Land of the Indians”, or simply “Indian Land”), and polis, the Greek word for “city.”
Indianapolis is the capital city of Indiana and is located in the central region of the state. Indianapolis is known as the racing capital of the world because it’s host to three of the world’s highest-attended single-day events: the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400 and the U.S. Grand Prix Formula One race. Professional sports are big here with the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts.
Indianapolis has the most interstate legs in the United States, hence the state nickname, “Crossroads of America.” As the 15th city in the U.S., it also offers sophisticated urban scapes, culture and lots of outdoor adventure.
It is home to Indiana University and Purdue University, Butler University and Marian University. Another great family attraction is the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. If you wish to spend some time with animals, be sure to visit the Indianapolis Zoo.
Travel into Indianapolis is serviced by Indianapolis International Airport (IND). IND is Indiana’s busiest airport, serving almost 9 million travelers annually.
Whether you are just visiting or considering a move to Indianapolis, you will not be disappointed!