Indianapolis or Indy, being Indiana state’s capital, is the most populous city. It is a stunning metropolis that is unique and stands out from all the other Midwestern states. Here are a few reasons why Indianapolis stands out and some vital information that you may need to know before visiting the city.
Knowing the Local Culture
Midwestern culture is said to be very pragmatic. Many have commented on how the people from Midwest tend to be really hardworking and down to earth people instead of the ambitious and excellence-driven citizens of New York or Los Angeles. This quality is apparent if you are transferring to the city due to job opportunities. However, guests who travel to the city learn that companies and businesses really prefer homegrown and local talent when it comes to hiring new employees. Some tourists have commented that there are both beautiful and at the same time, not so great places in the city. However, they stand by Monument Circle, which most consider being one of the best examples of urban spaces in the world. Touring around the city will be easier as well if you have a handy guide of the city favorites like the best places to shop and the top restaurants to try.
The Thriving Social Atmosphere
A positive thing about Indianapolis in comparison to other Midwestern cities is that the population is prevalent in accepting foreign people – that is, people who were not born in Indiana. It is kind of a known fact how other Midwestern cities like Louisville, Cincinnati, and St. Louis can be a little more exclusive to homegrown citizens. It is harder for newer citizens to integrate into the community. More than being open to accepting “foreign” population, there is also a lot of homey, socializing activities that citizens offer to those who recently transferred and to guests or visitors. Unlike in other metropolitan cities where nights out happen in the streets and posh restaurants, evening gatherings where people meet and get to know one another are held in the locals’ homes. The Sunday night dinners and porch parties often happen in the comfort of the host’s backyard.
Interesting Facts about Indianapolis
Indianapolis was not the original capital of the state of Indiana. The former capital, Corydon, was replaced after a committee selected Indianapolis in a meeting held on January 11, 1820. Besides, among all the major city centers in the United States, Indianapolis is also the largest city that is not located on a river that is easily navigated or a trade route. Indianapolis holds some national and world records. For one, their Crown Hill Cemetery is the third largest one in the United States. It is also the site where James Whitcomb Riley and Benjamin Harrison are buried. The Indianapolis’ Children’s Museum is considered as the largest children’s museum in the whole world with an annual 1.2 million visitors and an area of 472,900 square feet. The city is also home to Indy 500, the largest sporting event in the world that lasts in the single day. The racing event was founded way back in 1911. Indianapolis’ municipal park, Eagle Creek Park, is the largest one in the United States with a territory covering 3,900 acres of land and 1,400 acres of water.