By Lauren Kmec
Indianapolis
Indiana
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Located in the land of the Hoosiers, Indianapolis, the state capital of Indiana, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Often dubbed “the crossroads of America,” Indianapolis has much to offer for novice and seasoned travelers alike.
   
EscapeWizard.com encourages you to plan your next trip to Indianapolis and experience all that this dynamic city has to offer. Indianapolis is served by Indianapolis International Airport (IND), located only 16 minutes from the heart of the downtown area. Book your flight today using EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Need a place to stay while you visit? Simply refer to EscapeWizard.com’s top picks for Indianapolis hotels. Our number one selection in the city is the Staybridge Suites because it gives guests the feeling of home while on the road. Just  book by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Indianapolis offers plenty of options for sightseeing; in fact, it is second only to Washington, DC in the number of war memorials located on city land. EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit to Monument Circle, home to the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. Check out the shops just outside the Circle, then stroll a few blocks to Indiana World War Memorial Plaza and take in the architectural beauty that spans 24 acres of monuments, sculptures, and green space. The War Memorial itself is an impressive structure, modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Sports fans will find plenty to do in Indianapolis. Lucas Oil Stadium is home to the storied NFL franchise the Indianapolis Colts, and it also plays host to NCAA basketball games on a rotating basis. In the past, Indianapolis has been a popular choice for the NCAA “Final Four” basketball games, as the NCAA’s headquarters are located in this city. Indianapolis also claims two professional basketball teams: the Indiana Pacers of the NBA and the Indiana Fever of the WNBA, and both teams call Conseco Fieldhouse their home. For NASCAR enthusiasts, EscapeWizard.com suggests an outing to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located just a few miles outside of the city in Speedway, Indiana. Billed as the world’s largest spectator sport facility, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts hotly contested races such as the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.

EscapeWizard.com also recommends a visit to the Broad Ripple Village neighborhood in Indianapolis, which is one of six designated “cultural districts” in the city. Broad Ripple Village boats an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and music venues. Nightlife options abound in this diverse area, but there is no shortage of daytime activities either: Take a walk, jog, or bike ride along the historic Canal Center Towpath or the Monon Trail and enjoy the scenery. Or browse the wares at the funky boutiques and have lunch at a café serving delicious cuisine made from fresh, locally grown ingredients.

Traveling with kids? There is fun to be had for both young and old at the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, America’s first institution accredited as a zoo, an aquarium, and a botanical garden. The zoo is divided into four biomes, or areas meant to mimic the animals’ natural habitats: (i) the forests biome, (ii) the oceans/marine mammal exhibit, (iii) the deserts biome, and (iv) the plains biome. Dolphins are a favorite attraction in the marine mammal exhibit, as they can be observed from the only underwater viewing dome in the world. The adjoining White River Gardens is a breathtaking 3.3-acre expanse of botanical life and impressive design; its beauty is not to be missed. Visitors can pick up gardening tips, learn about rare species of plants, or simply wander along the paths traversing the gardens.
   
On the whole, Indianapolis is a rapidly growing metropolis with a plethora of interesting sites and attractions to be enjoyed by all. Let EscapeWizard.com assist you in planning your next vacation to this very special midwestern city.
Hotels in Indianapolis
By John Vickers
Westin Indianapolis
50 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
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Indianapolis is an active modern city with something to offer for everyone from vacationers to business travelers. The Westin Indianapolis puts you right into the center of the city offering stunning views as well as easy access to many of the city’s most popular attractions. It is also conveniently located 20-30 minutes away from the airport depending on the traffic. There is also a Go Express Travel Shuttle available for a third of the price of a typical taxi ride that can take you between the airport and hotel. The Westin Indianapolis has a check in time of 3 p.m.

Aside from its ideal location, the Westin Indianapolis offers top quality accommodations. There are seven room options available for you to choose from. This provides the most comfort possible allowing the guest to choose the room which meets all of their standards. All of the rooms come equipped with air conditioning as well as flat screen televisions complete with cable. Internet access is also available in the rooms for a small daily fee. For those that wish to dine in, there is full room service available with a diverse menu ranging from small snacks to full meals.

Beyond being located in an ideal location and offering exceptionally comfortable rooms, the Westin Indianapolis has top class facilities. For those that like to exercise there is a fully functional gym and workout room. The fitness room is opened 24 hours a day allowing you to get in some exercise whenever is most convenient.  For those looking to relax there is the Westin Executive Club Lounge. This is a great place to get a coffee and bite to eat or to have a casual meeting with business partners. There is also a heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi available for guests to use free of charge.

When your time is up at the Westin Indianapolis make sure to remember to check out by the checkout time of 12 p.m. Staying at this hotel is sure to make your stay in Indianapolis comfortable and luxurious. Westin as a company is also committed to being environmentally safe and practicing green living. So the next time you are planning a trip to Indianapolis make sure you book your stay at the Westin Indianapolis at EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Indianapolis
By Kathy Heydasch
Hilton Indianapolis
120 West Market Street, Indianapolis, IN
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The Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis on beautiful Market Street, just a short walk from everything downtown has to offer! Conveniently located near the Indiana Convention Center as well as many other unique attractions, the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites suits the needs of business and recreational travelers alike. Plus, small dogs are welcome with prior notice so travelers and their pets can enjoy the stay. Potential guests can book their hotel stay at EscapeWizard.com.

Every room at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites comes complete with a flat-screen, high-definition television, data ports, extensive work spaces and luxurious beds. The hotel has a state-of-the-art workout gym called Precor®, as well as a 24-hour business center. There's a large heated indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a day spa which offers massages, manicures, pedicures and hair services. One can take advantage of the laundry and concierge services offered as well.

The sports enthusiast is sure to love the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites. As an exclusive hotel partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it offers race weekend packages. Walking distance away is the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, and the Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers. Other nearby attractions includes the Indianapolis Children's Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Zoo, and Circle Centre Mall. Travelers can also tour the nearby Indiana State Capitol and visit other historic sites.

Guests of the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites have the option of dining at one of the hotel's restaurants. McCormick and Schmick's has tasteful seafood, and 120 West Market Fresh Grill features indigenous foods from Indiana and the Ohio River Valley.

Booking events has never been easier than with the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites' E-Event service. Whether it's a large corporate gathering or a small wedding reception, the hotel's experienced staff can offer meeting arrangements as well as full-service banquet catering. Just click the following link to begin your EscapeWizard.com adventure in Indianapolis (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Indianapolis
By Kathy Heydasch
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
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Enjoy everything downtown Indianapolis has to offer by staying at the Hyatt Regency. The recently-remodeled luxury hotel has all the amenities you expect from a Hyatt, including a 24-hour StayFitTM gym, an indoor heated pool with Jacuzzi, and sauna and massage services. The Hyatt Regency offers 499 guestrooms, all with views of beautiful downtown Indianapolis. Each room comes equipped with an iHome stereo and iPod© dock, as well as a generous work space with WiFi. Expect a large TV with an abundance of channels, as well as a luxurious bed in which to relax.

For travelers attending the Indiana Convention Center or the Lucas Oil Stadium, the convenience of the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis can not be beat. You can walk to either inside a climate-controlled skywalk. Or walk to some of the best arts, entertainment and shopping in the nation. Take advantage of your proximity to great attractions like the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, one of the largest children's museums in the world. Or visit the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500. After a day of entertainment, take advantage of 24-hour valet parking at the Hyatt Regency.

Guests can experience fine dining at its very best at the Hyatt Regency's private restaurant, The Eagle's Nest. Voted one of the top 50 “most romantic restaurants”, the Eagle's Nest is a revolving, award-winning restaurant. Guests can also stay in their rooms and relax with the Hyatt Regency's deluxe room service.

If you need a large room for an event or business conference, look no further. The Cosmopolitan Ballroom boasts an area over 8,000 square feet, and the hotel has over 35,000 square feet of meeting space in total, accommodating small groups as well as large conferences. Plus onsite catering is available, making the Hyatt Regency your one-stop shop for your next big event.

Whether you have just arrived or are leaving the hotel, take advantage of the Hyatt Regency's Express Check-In and Express Check-Out services. Designed with the traveler in mind, these services get you in and out of the hotel with virtually no wait at all. Just click here to book your hotel experience with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Indianapolis
By D. Gregory Perrin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis
2501 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN
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Homewood Suites by Hilton®Indianapolis- At the Crossing is just the right hotel to stay in while vacationing in this great city. The hotel is located to the north of the city and vacationers can easily make it downtown.  There are 116 suites in this facility, which gives ample room for a large number of travelers.  Upon arrival into the city, the friendly staff will assist you with check-in at 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival. The hotel has a bi-lingual staff.

The suites of the hotel range in size, including both one and two bedroom suites. Guests with children can request a crib and/or playpen if required. There is a color television with cable, as well as complimentary high speed Wi-Fi service available so guests can search the World Wide Web. Each suite also has a full kitchen area with refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and more.

Homewood holds nothing back as far as amenities for its guests. The hotel offers a swimming pool for guests to relax in after a long day of sightseeing or business. There is a fitness center available because the hotel knows how important it is to have the opportunity to maintain your normal fitness regime while on the road. Guests can wash their clothing at the self serve coin laundry on-site.

After you arise in the morning, make sure to head down to the lobby to get some breakfast. Homewood offers the Suite Start™ hot breakfast. Then, check-out from the hotel ends at 12 p.m. EscapeWizard.com knows that the Homewood Suites by Hilton®Indianapolis- At the Crossing is an excellent option for a hotel in the city. Just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to use our hotel finder to search some of the internet’s top travel websites for the best pricing.
Hotels in Indianapolis
By Katelyn Mohney
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport
8910 Hatfield Drive, Indianapolis, IN
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The Hilton Garden Inn® is located only a mile away from the Indianapolis International Airport and twenty minutes from the Eagle Airport. There are plenty of opportunities for entertainment nearby, with the center of Indianapolis, Indiana only 9 miles away. The Metropolis Mall has a variety of shops, offering something that will suit everyone’s taste, and is located only 5 miles from the hotel. Hotel guests may want to visit the Indianapolis Zoo and the Conseco Fieldhouse. Check-in ends at 3 in the afternoon and check-out is at noon.

Choose a guest room or suite. Guest rooms have either 2 queen-sized beds or one king-sized bed.  All rooms have a 32” LCD high definition flat screen television featuring cable, standard, premium and high definition channels, with HBO®. Guests have complimentary access to a high speed internet connection. Monday through Friday, guests can catch up with the news with the complimentary national newspaper, USA Today. All rooms have two telephones with voicemail and data ports. Guests can awaken peacefully from an experience with the Garden Inn Sleep System by requesting a personalized wakeup call or setting the alarm clock in the room. Black-out curtains allow guests to rest well no matter what schedule you follow. The spacious work area with desk and chair provide an environment for business and relaxation.

The hotel’s Great American Grill is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. From 6 a.m. until 11 a.m., the Great American Grill features a beautiful continental breakfast buffet which is full of variety. If you prefer to enjoy meals in the privacy of your room, the hotel’s room service menu offers options for every meal and snacks in between.

The Hilton Garden Inn® Indianapolis Airport invites guests to make this visit pleasant and enjoyable. EscapeWizard.com can assist you in booking a room today. Just follow this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).
Hotels in Indianapolis
By Chrystyne Jackson
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel
31 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN
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When visiting Indianapolis, find comfort and convenience by staying at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel. This hotel features 378 spacious guestrooms and 41 suites, which are two times the size of the traditional rooms. Pets are welcome.

All rooms at the Sheraton offer beautiful views of downtown Indianapolis. Guests may choose between one king size bed or two double beds. Rooms feature 42-inch LCD flat screen televisions. High speed Internet access is available. You can even get a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed for your canine companion.

Guests at the hotel will appreciate the excellent location as well as the many amenities. The exercise facilities feature state of the art cardio and strength equipment to help you maintain your exercise regime. There is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. For those who like to hit the links, there are several golf courses nearby. The Circle Café offers American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alexander’s Bar and Grill is a great place to socialize over cocktails and American fare. When exploring Indianapolis be sure to visit the USS Indianapolis Memorial, dedicated to the last U.S. Navy ship sunk in World War Two, the NCAA Hall of Champions, a museum and exhibition center dedicated to NCAA sports, the Eiteljorg Museum, which houses an extensive collection of Native American art, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the world’s largest children’s museum featuring over 120,000 artifacts and exhibit items, Indianapolis Museum of Art, an encyclopedic art museum boasting a permanent collection of over 54,000 items, Indianapolis Zoo, and White River State Park, America’s only cultural urban state park.

Make the most of your visit to Indianapolis by staying at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.