Boyd Farrow

The pace of life is as fast or as slow as you want it to be in this increasingly spruced-up state capital. Indianapolis may have the world’s most famous speedway track, but it also boasts America’s only cultural urban state park, where landmark buildings are surrounded by green spaces and miles of trails for walking and cycling. These days, the folksy fronts flanking Fountain Square, the city’s original 19th-century commercial district, signal the influx of craft breweries, art galleries and specialty shops that have rejuvenated the area. Meanwhile, the increasingly eclectic restaurant scene and vibrant nightlife thriving in the historic Mass Ave and Broad Ripple districts consolidate Indy’s reputation as a cosmopolitan destination steeped in Midwestern hospitality.