The sun was out. The birds were chirping. It was a beautiful day in the Circle City. It was a day made for meandering around town, taking in the sights, and talking with friends and neighbors about what they like to do and where they like to go in Indy.

One of the things I admire about Indianapolis is it’s diversity of residents and the fact that there is something for everyone. I spoke with carriage drivers, motorcycle riders, ballroom dancers, visitors from Slovenia and New Zealand, IUPUI students, and even a boxer about to embark on his first fight. All with unique perspectives of the city and all with an assortment of favorite places to go.

As I walked around downtown and the canal, I was struck by the beauty of the architecture. The way it perfectly meshed with nature in White River State Park was just sensational, as well. As the weather gets warmer and you find yourself drawing a blank on what to do, head to the canal. You can rent a bike, segway, paddleboat, or even a kayak there. The Eiteljorg and Indiana State Museums are nestled right beside the canal path, for easy access, as well as, the NCAA Hall Of Champions. White River State Park or the canal is a lovely spot to share a picnic, take your dog on a stroll, walk to a baseball game at Victory Field, or even to the Indianapolis Zoo, if you are feeling adventurous. Downtown offers a plethora of restaurants, watering holes, and cultural destinations, also, including the Circle itself, an array of monuments to explore, and a variety of hidden culinary gems.

For more insight into the many charming destinations of Indianapolis, check out the video below.

Written by Erica Stikeleather

Erica Stikeleather was born and raised in Indiana. Her studies brought her to Ohio where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from Cedarville University. She then interned in Washington, D.C. as a communications assistant with the civic education non-profit, Presidential Classroom, and also at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, right here in Indianapolis. Erica has spent the last 3 years in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. While in LA, she walked in several fashion shows during LA Fashion week, for Macy’s on the RMS Queen Mary, and also in the Powertec Model & Fitness Competition for Elisabetta Rogiani at the W Hotel, Hollywood. She is a SAG-AFTRA actress with a passion for independent filmmaking. Some of her independent film work, Freerunner and Proxy, can be found on Netflix. She has acted in music videos with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Chris Brown as well as in numerous television commercials. She can also be seen in the film, Gangster Squad, with Sean Penn. Erica’s studies have brought her back to her home state where she is currently enrolled at IUPUI as she prepares for veterinary school. She plans to combine her experience in filmmaking with veterinary medicine to create interactive documentaries about veterinary medicine around the world. Erica is thrilled to join IN The Loop and to show the world what the great city of Indianapolis has to offer. She loves fall in Indiana, farmer’s markets in the summer, horse-back riding, and seeing as many sporting events, live music, and museums as possible. If you see her out and about, come say hello, and let her know what you love about Indianapolis!