Indianapolis one of the best places to go next year, travel website says

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(Dec. 10, 2014) — Indianapolis is a great place to visit–and one of the country’s top ten places go for next year.

That’s according to travel website Lonely Planet.

Indianapolis ranked sixth on the company’s list of ten cities to visit in 2015. Lonely Planet noted several of the city’s attractions, including the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Here’s the website’s take on Indy:

Prepare to be surprised by Indianapolis. On a trip to Indianapolis today, you can drink mead, entertain the kids at world-class museums, eat food grown on local micro-farms, tap out some witty prose on Kurt Vonnegut’s typewriter at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (careful what you type – it live tweets), and then dash off to play computer games with curious apes at the Indy Zoo’s new International Orangutan Center (indianapoliszoo.com).

Indianapolis has a long-running love affair with cars. The recently opened Dallara IndyCar Factory (indycarfactory.com) lets you take the wheel in realistic driving simulators. For the real deal, head to the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway (indyracingexperience.com) for a pedal-to-the-metal spin around the legendary track with a real IndyCar driver at the wheel. If your automotive tastes run a tad greener, the US’s largest electric car sharing program, BlueIndy (blue-indy.com), is launching in 2015.

Turning 90 this year, the ginormous Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (childrensmuseum.org) is the world’s largest museum just for kiddos, complete with a vintage carousel and a massive dinosaur collection. At the Rhythm Discovery Center kids love banging their way through the percussive instruments of the world, while adults get a chance to go wild on a full drum kit in a studio.

Lonely Planet came up with the list by asking its staff, authors and contributors to nominate both scenic and urban spots. They’re also on the lookout for hidden gems.

Here’s the complete list for 2015:

1. Queens, New York

2. Western South Dakota

3. New Orleans

4. Colorado River region

5. North Conway, New Hampshire

6. Indianapolis

7. Greenville, South Carolina

8. Oakland, California

9. Duluth, Minnesota

10. Mount Shasta region, California

Source: Lonely Planet

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