To round out the Chicago road trip on the way back to North Carolina we stopped in Indianapolis. In the past few years the brewery and food scene has been booming. The downtown area is home to museums, professional sports teams, monuments, and a lot of great shopping and dining. One fun fact about Indy is that it has more monuments than any other city in the nation besides Washington D.C.
In the morning we set out to Monument Circle, a round brick-lined square with views of the Indiana State Capital. In the middle of the square is the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Being there around the holiday, it was decorated with Christmas lights. Steps surround the monument, and each side has inscriptions and statues related to Indiana's involvement in different military campaigns.
We later learned that there is an elevator inside the monument that you can ride up to an observation deck with views of the downtown area. Hours were limited since it was a Sunday, however, and we weren't able to take it up to the top. From there it's a straight walk to the Indiana State Capitol.
The capitol building is beautiful to walk around. All around the limestone structure are pieces of art and memorials that explain more about the history of Indiana. On one side there's a walkway with a really interesting piece of metal artwork that's a good place for a photo-op!
A few blocks away is the beginning of the canal walk area which is lined with apartments and a fitness trail. It was freezing that morning and we couldn't brave it as most of the walkway was shaded. I'd imagine it's full of runners on a spring or summer day. I'd love to have an apartment with views overlooking the water.
Another memorial that we visited was the World War Memorial and the surrounding park. We walked up the steps and around the monument, we were getting ready to leave when Christy realized it was open to visitors. The inside of the building is a museum and event center. There's a beautiful antique theater and a shrine room with a massive US flag as its centerpiece. Its humbling and peaceful to walk through. Volunteers directed us to the museum in the basement which depicts the history of Indiana service members throughout the major wars in the nation's timeline.
Out back from the steps of the monument is a lovely view of the plaza. There's actually many more monuments throughout the city that we weren't able to make it to on that trip. It was fun discovering a small part of what makes Indy unique!