Downtown Indianapolis has been steadily reinventing itself over the past decade to enhance the pedestrian experience. Many of the city's top attractions are now conveniently located in Downtown's scenic White River State Park.
Monument Circle, the city's signature landmark, remains the heart of this vibrant city, but the seven cultural districts, each with its own distinct flavor, are not to be missed. Visitors can easily take in the sights by walking or biking on the eightmile Indianapolis Cultural Trail connecting the neighborhoods.
And speaking of flavor, Indy's restaurant scene has it allfrom casual street food to farmto table cuisine to legendary St. Elmo's Steakhouse. In fact, Condé Nast Traveler has called Indianapolis "America's Most Underrated Food City."
Indianapolis boasts awardwinning theatres, art galleries, museums, entertainment venues, sports facilities, and monuments. These are interspersed with the natural beauty of parks featuring wildlife, beautiful foliage, and waterways. And as the seasons change, so does the Indianapolis landscape.
Indianapolis may be the "Crossroads of America" but it's also a city on the move. Sit back, peruse this photographic portrait of the city by photographer Jason Lavengood, and see for yourself.
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About the Author
An awardwinning journalist, Shari Held enjoys weaving words together to tell a thoughtprovoking or heartfelt story. After working in corporate communications for years, in 2002 she launched her own freelance business and has been happily "wordsmithing" ever since. A native Hoosier, Shari attended Purdue University for her B.A. in History and English Education, and did her Master's work in Journalism at Indiana University. She writes for businesses and the media, and her works have been published in magazines and trade publications nationwide.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jason Lavengood is an accomplished commercial and architectural freelance photographer. While in junior high he became interested in photography, and his passion for it has continued to grow ever since. Jason considers himself fortunate to have spent the last 20 years doing what he loves bestcapturing beautiful shots all around the world.
A native Hoosier, he's also lived in the Pacific Northwest. Jason and his wife, his highschool sweetheart, currently reside in Noblesville, Indiana with their two, beautiful children.