Attractions and activities in Indiana

The Hoosier State is a delightful Midwest destination dangling from the lower tip of Lake Michigan. Some refer to it as the "Hoosier State," while other know it as "the crossroads of America," but no matter what you call it, there's no denying this location has played a big role in American history. People from all over the country come to learn about the Native American roots of the U.S. as well as to do business in the major agricultural hub. Visitors arrive at one of the two major hubs that serve this state: Indianapolis International Airport and Fort Wayne International Airport. If you find yourself in one of these facilities, head out to discover some of the exciting attractions of these cities:

What to do in Indianapolis

Smack in the center of the state is Indianapolis, the largest city and capital of Indiana. It's known around the globe as the "Racing Capital of the World," and one of the first places that tourists flock to is the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If you aren't in town to watch the Indy 500 or another exhilarating race, take a tour of the site to see a massive collection of classic and antique cars, and you can join in on a bus ride around the race track. Another place worth checking out is White River State Park - you may have even spotted this expansive landscape from above as your plane approached Indianapolis International Airport. Here, you'll find an array of cultural institutions and other features, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, NCAA Hall of Champions and Medal of Honor Memorial.

Sights to see in Fort Wayne

After settling into your hotel near Fort Wayne International Airport, get in your rental car and head out to see the attractions of this northeastern Indiana destination. If you've brought the kids along on your visit, spend an afternoon at the lovely Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. It houses more than 1,500 animals from all over the world, and you can expect to see everything from tigers to dingos. The young ones can even go on a pony or canoe ride, or take a trip around the site aboard the zoo train. For more family-friendly fun, take a trip to Johnny Appleseed Park, which is nestled up against the Saint Joseph River. This public space, which is free to visit, is where you will find the grave of  American pioneer John Appleseed Chapman.

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