Indianapolis won't ever be mistaken for Miami's South Beach or New Orleans' Bourbon Street, but visitors headed to the Circle City for the Super Bowl will find plenty of attractions, great restaurants and interesting taverns - not to mention some uniquely Hoosier experiences.
The same can-do spirit and public-private partnerships that delivered the Colts from Baltimore in 1984 and won hosting rights for this year's Super Bowl have transformed a once-sleepy city center into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly district filled with office towers, shops, eateries, bars, museums, theaters and historic churches.
The city nicknamed the Crossroads of America has turned out such cultural icons as writer Kurt Vonnegut, comedian David Letterman and the Indianapolis 500. It boasts one of the world's largest children's museums, an infamous shrimp cocktail and jazz and blues at a legendary venue with roots in the Underground Railroad.
And even though the weather in the first week of February can be...