Indianapolis Raceway, Indianapolis Art Museum, Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Art Center, Eiteljorg Museum of Native American Indians & Western Art; Circle Centre Mall; war monuments and memorials; Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort with four holes inside the Indy 500 raceway.
New Harmony historic utopian community, Amish country, historic Edinburgh, Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Brown County State Park, Crooked Stick Golf Club, Purgatory Golf Club, Prairie View Golf Club, Lake Michigan, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
A suggested tour:
Visit downtown Indianapolis, then drive south to Edinburgh, then Columbus for the Architecture Tour.
Go west to Brown County State Park, then visit the Tibetan Buddhist Center in Bloomington.
From Bloomington, go south to French Lick Resort.
If traveling by plane, fly into Louisville, Kentucky, or Indianapolis.
A Longer Tour—Link Up with Route 66
Continue on to Chicago (from Indianapolis, go north, turn left at Gary, Indiana). From there, explore historic Route 66. Combine Indiana with Route 66: fly in-out of Chicago.
Route 66 books and maps:
Route 66: EZ66 Guide for Travelers, 2nd Edition by Jerry McClanahan and Jerry McClanahan
Here It Is! The Route 66 Map Series, by Jim Ross and Jerry McClanahan (most essential maps)
The Route 66 Encyclopedia, by James Hinckley (due out Nov. 2012)
Ghost Towns of Route 66, by Jim Hinckley and Kerrick James
Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide, National Historic Route 66 Federation and contributors
Contacts in Indianapolis:
Visit Indy - Indianapolis visitors information 800 323-4639 visitindy.com
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 317 492-6412 indianapolismotorspeedway.com
Indianapolis Museum of Art 317 923-1331 imamuseum.org
Traders Point Creamery (organic dairy farm) tpforganics.com
Indiana Roof Ballroom indianaroof.com famous historic theater event center; Circle Centre Mall circle-centre.com; Hyatt Regency Eagle's Nest revolving restaurant indianapolis.hyatt.com; JW Marriott 317 860-5800 jwindy.com
In White River State Park, adjacent to Downtown Indianapolis:
White River State Park direct 800 665-9056 whiteriverstatepark.org; Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn outdoor amphitheater 800 665-9056 inwhiteriver.org/; Zoo 317-630-2001 indianapoliszoo.com; NCAA Hall of Champions Museum 317-916-hall ncaahallofchampions.org; State Museum 317 232-1637 indianamuseum.org; IMAX Theater in the State Museum 317 233-IMAX imaxindy.com; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art 317-636-9378 eiteljorg.org; Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field 317-269-3545 indyindians.com; Wheel Fun Bike and Boat Rentals wheelfunrentals.com; Segway of Indiana 317-569-0879 segwayofindiana.com
Contacts around Indiana:
Miller House and Gardens imamuseum.org/millerhouse
Kids Commons 812 378-3046 kidscommons.org
Columbus Visitors Center 800 468-6564 www.columbus.in.us
Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor 812 378-1900 zaharakos.com
Zwanzigz Pizza and Brewery zwanzigz.com
240 Sweets Gourmet Marshmallows 240sweet.com
Vera Bradley, Fort Wayne, women's bags, purses, accessories verabradley.com
Edinburgh historic Pixy Theatre theedinburghpixy.com
New Harmony newharmony.biz
French Lick Resort frenchlick.com
West Baden Springs Hotel (atrium dome) frenchlick.com/hotels/westbaden
French Lick Resort Hotel-Scoop.com review, including more history hotel-scoop.com
French Lick Winery 812 936-2293 frenchlickwinery.com
Indiana Railway Museum indianarailwaymuseum.org