Racing, football, basketball and basically all other forms of competition are at the heart of Indianapolis. It is the capitol of the state, the largest city in Indiana, and home to more than 800,000 people. Government agencies are some of the largest and most important employers in the city, but it also has a strong manufacturing backbone. Tourism due to the sporting events hosted in the city, especially racing, also provides a strong boost to the local economy. Indianapolis is famous for its downtown. The city compresses a huge amount of shopping, dining and other services into a small area that is easily traveled by foot. However, most people are visiting the downtown as a side-trip. The real thing that draws people to Indianapolis is the Indianapolis 500, an event so popular it is estimated to have more than 300,000 people attend it annually.
When you need to rent a place in Indianapolis, avoid looking in May. The problem with May is that many people with suites available for rent will rent them out to tourists coming to town to take in the Indy 500. If you look in June though, the tourists are gone and many people will be looking to rent out their available units.
Applying for an apartment in Indianapolis should be treated like applying for a job. Just like you want an employer to form a good opinion of you and hire you, you want a landlord to extend you the trust of letting you live in a property they own. You do this the same way, by convincing them that you are professional, responsible and by providing good references.
The best method to get around Indianapolis depends on where you want to go. The closer you're staying to the city center, the better the bus is suited to your needs. For the interior of the city, it is fast, clean and efficient. However, if you want to get outside the interior, a car is really helpful, as bus routes are less frequent and in some cases not available at all to certain outlying areas.
If you get a chance to attend a college football or basketball game, or a racing event, you'll get a real feel for what Indianapolis is all about. There are also museums celebrating the NCAA and the Motor Speedway Hall of Fame to visit on days without events. With more than a dozen golf courses available from the city, those who love a slower sport have lots to keep them entertained as well. Indy is also well known for its music, so visit Birdy's and the Chatterbox to experience some after-hours culture.