Traveling to Indianapolis

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A few years ago on assignment I traveled to Indianapolis on assignment and thought that this was one of the most hidden, underrated travel destinations in the local area. There is so much to do and there used to be commercials entitled Travel Indy that talked about going to Indiana but I didn’t realize that we had so many neat historic memorable places within driving distance. And by driving distance I meant within a two hour range. The first time I traveled there I took the Mega Bus which advertises cheap, safe, affordable and convenient travel starting from $1. Their site has a blue and white theme with a yellow cartoon bus driver. When I checked their site their travel costs for taking the bus recently was only about $9.99 for a 2 hour drive with a short break in between the destinations. The bus also features air condition, double-decker seating, WiFi, personal power outlets, onboard restrooms, reclining seats, reserved seating, and three-point seatbelts for added safety. I thought it was a decent bus ride because the seats were comfortable enough and the windows gave a great view driving up to Indianapolis.

The road up there wasn’t bad at all. It’s a clear straight shot on the highway up there and there’s nothing really but green grass and highway. Although there was occasional construction that was going on.

We stayed originally at the Hampton but decided to move to Residence Inn because it had slightly better accommodations and they provided full breakfast and a happy hour.

There was a lot to do after an eight-hour training day. They had the War Memorial, Soldier’s and Sailor’s monument, Circle Center Mall and the Indianapolis Zoo.

I was lucky enough that I had some people to accompany me and go out to different things while I was out there.

Residence Inn, Hampton,

War Memorial

Soldier’s Sailor’s monument

Circle Center Mall is a shopping mall located in Downtown Indianapolis. It has over 90 stores with at least 4 floors and has 786,000 square feet or roughly 7.2 acres. One of my favorite levels is the third level which has a food court and TV and at one time you could text your request to have the TV music video channel play a particular song or music video. The store spans about two square blocks near Washington Street, Meridian Street, and is south of Monument Circle. There are restaurants connected to the mall including movie theaters and it also is connected to several hotels including Marriotts, Hyatts, Crowne Plaza and Embassy Suites.

Monument Circle is circular brick paves street that runs through Meridian and Market Streets in the heart of downtown Indianapolis

The Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument is 284 feet and 6 inches or about 86.72 meters. This is the symbol of the Indianapolis which is the state capital of Indiana. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument was designed by Bruno Schmitz around the latter part of 1888 to 1901. This monument was dedicated to Hoosiers that were the veterans of the America Civil War and also to many other soldiers that fought in other wars. It was one of the first monuments to be dedicated to soldiers. The monument is made of limestone and obelisk shaked and surrounded by pools and fountains. There is also a museum in the basement. According to Wikipedia it is 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty.

Champps is a great sports bar that serves American cuisine and has an extensive wine and craft beer selection. They have everything you could probably want a reasonable price and they always have food that has a great presentation and tastes great. Some items they serve include pretzel bites, breaded mozzarella, wings, potato skins, chicken tenders, nachos, burgers, salad, sirloin, fish & chips, ribs, salmon, soups, fires, ice cream, and cocktails. Current pricing has most items priced between $10.99 to $15 and the higher end items between $15.99 to 22.99. I highly recommend them because I’ve never been disappointed by the things I’ve ordered from them.

Paddleboats can be rented from the Canal Walk . Their Pedal Boats currently run for $35 hourly. Kayaks at $20 and Double Kayaks at $25 an hour. We were able to spend a nice lazy day and go underneath the walk ways and past ducks near the Residence Inn when we were out there on our trip.

The Indianapolis Zoo is 64 acres and has at least three thousand eight hundred animals and three hundred species. They are a non-profit organization and located in White River State Park. Their hours are currently 9AM to 4PM on Mondays through Fridays and until 7PM from Thursday through Sunday.

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Indianapolis 10/13/2010 to 10/26/2010
Travel on 10/12/2010 and 10/27/2010

Stayed at Springhill Sts Indianapolis Downtown
601 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-972-7293
Per Diem $94 and $61
Pantry area with a small refrigerator & microwave
Complimentary Suite Seasons Breakfast® buffet
Complimentary daily shuttle service to and from training site only

• Check-in: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (03:00 PM)
• Check-out: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 (12:00 PM)

• Your hotel: SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Downtown
• Check-in: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (03:00 PM)
• Check-out: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 (12:00 PM)
• Room type: Studio, 1 King, Sofabed
• Number of rooms: 1
• Guests per room: 1
• Reservation confirmed: Monday, September 27, 2010 (12:30:00 GMT)
• Guarantee method: Credit card guarantee
Special request(s):
• •Advised Of Parking Fee, Request Noted

Summary of Room Charges Cost per night per room (USD)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 – Tuesday, October 26, 2010 ( 13 nights ) 91.00

Estimated government taxes and fees 15.47
Total for stay (for all rooms) 1,384.11
• On-site parking, fee: 20 USD daily
• Valet parking, fee: 25 USD daily
• Changes in taxes or fees implemented after booking will affect the total room price.

Hotel Services & Amenities
• Complimentary High-speed Internet in guest rooms
• Fitness center on-site
• Indoor pool
For a complete list of services and amenities, download the hotel fact sheet
Travel Alerts
• All rates at this hotel include complimentary breakfast and in-room high speed internet access
• Currently, passport or approved travel document are required for those traveling by air, land or sea to enter/re-enter the U.S.A. from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Get details
• Please Note: All Marriott hotels in the USA and Canada, are committed to a smoke-free policy.

UPDATED:

• Your hotel: SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Downtown
• Check-in: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 (03:00 PM)
• Check-out: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (12:00 PM)
• Room type: Studio, 1 King, Sofabed
• Number of rooms: 1
• Guests per room: 1

• Reservation confirmed: Monday, September 27, 2010 (12:30:00 GMT)
• Guarantee method: Credit card guarantee
Summary of Room Charges Cost per night per room (USD)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – Wednesday, October 27, 2010 ( 15 nights ) 91.00

Estimated government taxes and fees 15.47
Total for stay (for all rooms) 1,597.05
• On-site parking, fee: 20 USD daily
• Valet parking, fee: 25 USD daily
• Changes in taxes or fees implemented after booking will affect the total room price.

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• Your hotel: SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Downtown
• Check-in: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 (03:00 PM)
• Check-out: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (12:00 PM)
• Room type: Studio, 1 King, Sofabed
• Number of rooms: 1
• Guests per room: 1

• Reservation confirmed: Monday, September 27, 2010 (12:30:00 GMT)
• Guarantee method: Credit card guarantee
Summary of Room Charges Cost per night per room (USD)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – Wednesday, October 27, 2010 ( 15 nights ) 91.00

Estimated government taxes and fees 15.47
Total for stay (for all rooms) 1,597.05
• On-site parking, fee: 20 USD daily
• Valet parking, fee: 25 USD daily
• Changes in taxes or fees implemented after booking will affect the total room price.

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Journey 1
Reservation for 1 passenger
Price paid: $14.00

Reservation Number

Trip information:
Tue Jul 26, 2011
Depart Cincinnati, W 4th St at Race St at July 26, 2011 9:15 AM arrive Indianapolis, 104 N Alabama St. at July 26, 2011 11:35 AM

Journey 1
Reservation for 1 passenger
Price paid: $14.00

Reservation Number
17-8776-072611-M6A-0915-CIN-IND

Trip information:
Tue Jul 26, 2011
Depart Cincinnati, W 4th St at Race St at July 26, 2011 9:15 AM arrive Indianapolis, 104 N Alabama St. at July 26, 2011 11:35 AM

Fees
Booking Fee: $0.50
Fee Total: $0.50
Total Charge: $28.50

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08/20/2012 2:10PM

• Confirmation Number:
• Your hotel: Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal
• Check-in: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (03:00 PM)
• Check-out: Friday, August 31, 2012 (12:00 PM)
• Room type: Studio, 1 Queen, Sofabed, City view
• Number of rooms: 1
• Guests per room: 1

• Reservation confirmed: Monday, August 20, 2012 (18:09:00 GMT)
• Guarantee method: Credit card guarantee
Special request(s):
• •4PM Cancel Policy, Request Noted
• •I.D. Required, Request Noted

Summary of Room Charges Cost per night per room (USD)
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – Friday, August 31, 2012 ( 10 nights ) 91.00
G/mili rate, government ID required
Estimated government taxes and fees 15.47
Total for stay (for all rooms) 1,064.70
• On-site parking, fee: 19 USD daily
• Changes in taxes or fees implemented after booking will affect the total room price.

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08/14/2012 2:30PM

Hampton Inn Indianapolis Dwtn Across from Circle Centre
105 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN
United States, 46225
Tel: 1 317-261-1200
Fax: 1 317-261-1030

As an HHonors Silver member,
enjoy a variety of benefits and generous HHonors point bonuses. Redeem your points for hotel stays, premier merchandise or even once-in-a-lifetime experiences – from hang gliding to private dance lessons and everything in between!

Confirmation Number:
Name:
Hilton HHonors® Number:
Arrival Date: 20 Aug 2012
Departure Date: 31 Aug 2012
Check-in Time: 3:00 PM
Check-out Time: 11:00 AM

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Rate Information:
Rate Type:

Rate per night: 91.00 USD 20 Aug 2012 – 24 Aug 2012
91.00 USD 24 Aug 2012 – 25 Aug 2012
91.00 USD 25 Aug 2012 – 31 Aug 2012
Total for Stay per Room:
Rate 1,001.00 USD
Taxes 170.17 USD
Total 1,171.17 USD

Total for Stay: 1,171.17 USD
Includes estimated taxes and service charges. (Gratuities not included.)

Tax:
• There is a 17.00% per room per night tax.

Additional Charges:
• Valet parking: 17.00/night

Rate Rules and Cancellation Policy:
• Your reservation is guaranteed for late arrival.
• Please contact us should you need to cancel your reservation.
• Cancellations are required by 6PM on 20 Aug 2012 local hotel time.
• Cancellation penalties may apply.

Room Information:
Rooms: 1
Clients: 1 Adult
Room Type: 1 QUEEN BED NONSMOKING

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While You’re In Town You’ll find real value from your friends at Hampton. We offer you free hot breakfast with freshly made waffles, free high-speed internet access & our Clean and Fresh Hampton™ bed.
Our Hotel: . Tour the Hotel
. Accommodations
. Hotel Services and Amenities
. Dining Options
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08/14/2018 03:14PM

Embassy Suites Indianapolis – Downtown
110 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN
United States, 46204
Tel: 1 317-236-1800
Fax: 1 317-236-1816

Upon Arrival
Have extra amenities waiting for you, such as additional towels, beverages, and more.

As an HHonors Silver member,
enjoy a variety of benefits and generous HHonors point bonuses. Redeem your points for hotel stays, premier merchandise or even once-in-a-lifetime experiences – from hang gliding to private dance lessons and everything in between!

Confirmation Number:

Name:
Hilton HHonors® Number:
Arrival Date: 20 Aug 2012
Departure Date: 31 Aug 2012
Check-in Time: 4:00 PM
Check-out Time: 12:00 PM

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Rate Information:
Rate Type:

Rate per night: 91.00 USD
Total for Stay per Room:
Rate 1,001.00 USD
Taxes 170.17 USD
Total 1,171.17 USD

Total for Stay: 1,171.17 USD
Includes estimated taxes and service charges. (Gratuities not included.)

Tax:
• There is a 17.00% per room per night tax.

Additional Charges:
• Self parking: 22.00/night

Rate Rules and Cancellation Policy:
• Your reservation is guaranteed for late arrival.
• Please contact us should you need to cancel your reservation.
• Cancellations are required by 4PM on 19 Aug 2012 local hotel time.
• Cancellation penalties may apply.

Room Information:
Rooms: 1
Clients: 1 Adult
Room Type: 1 KING BED NONSMOKING

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08/14/2012 14:58

Hampton Inn Indianapolis Dwtn Across from Circle Centre
105 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN
United States, 46225
Tel: 1 317-261-1200
Fax: 1 317-261-1030

As an HHonors Silver member,
enjoy a variety of benefits and generous HHonors point bonuses. Redeem your points for hotel stays, premier merchandise or even once-in-a-lifetime experiences – from hang gliding to private dance lessons and everything in between!

Confirmation Number:
Name:
Hilton HHonors® Number:
Arrival Date: 20 Aug 2012
Departure Date: 31 Aug 2012
Check-in Time: 3:00 PM
Check-out Time: 11:00 AM

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Rate Information:
Rate Type:

Rate per night: 91.00 USD 20 Aug 2012 – 24 Aug 2012
91.00 USD 24 Aug 2012 – 25 Aug 2012
91.00 USD 25 Aug 2012 – 31 Aug 2012
Total for Stay per Room:
Rate 1,001.00 USD
Taxes 170.17 USD
Total 1,171.17 USD

Total for Stay: 1,171.17 USD
Includes estimated taxes and service charges. (Gratuities not included.)

Tax:
• There is a 17.00% per room per night tax.

Additional Charges:
• Valet parking: 17.00/night

Rate Rules and Cancellation Policy:
• Your reservation is guaranteed for late arrival.
• Please contact us should you need to cancel your reservation.
• Cancellations are required by 6PM on 20 Aug 2012 local hotel time.
• Cancellation penalties may apply.

Room Information:
Rooms: 1
Clients: 1 Adult
Room Type: 1 QUEEN BED NONSMOKING

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While You’re In Town You’ll find real value from your friends at Hampton. We offer you free hot breakfast with freshly made waffles, free high-speed internet access & our Clean and Fresh Hampton™ bed.
Our Hotel: . Tour the Hotel
. Accommodations
. Hotel Services and Amenities
. Dining Options
. Hotel fact sheet. Print it and take it with you
. Create an e-brochure
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08/14/2012 1:40PM

• Confirmation Number:
• Your hotel: Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal
• Check-in: Monday, August 20, 2012 (03:00 PM)
• Check-out: Friday, August 31, 2012 (12:00 PM)
• Room type: Studio, 1 Queen, Sofabed, Water view
• Number of rooms: 1
• Guests per room: 1

• Reservation confirmed: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (17:40:00 GMT)
• Guarantee method: Credit card guarantee, Master Card
Summary of Room Charges Cost per night per room (USD)
Monday, August 20, 2012 – Friday, August 31, 2012 ( 11 nights ) 169.95
Regular rate, 6+ Nights
Estimated government taxes and fees 28.89
Total for stay (for all rooms) 2,187.26
• On-site parking, fee: 19 USD daily
• Changes in taxes or fees implemented after booking will affect the total room price.

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05/25/2012 05:04AM

Hotel: Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal
350 W New York Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
USA
(317) 822-0840

Guest:
Dates of stay: May 07, 2012 – May 23, 2012
Guest number:
Marriott Rewards number:

Room number:
Group number:

Date Description Reference Charges Credits

05/14/12 Pre-Settle-CYIS Only CR08:42 820.29
05/14/12 Pre-Settle-CYIS Only XZ08:42 820.29
05/14/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/14/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/14/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/15/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/15/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/15/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/16/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/16/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/16/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/17/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/17/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/17/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/18/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/18/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/18/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/19/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/19/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/19/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/20/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/20/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/20/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/21/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/21/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/21/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/22/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/22/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/22/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/23/12 Payment – MasterCard
MC09:43AM 958.23

Total balance 0.00 USD

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Summary of Your Stay

Hotel: Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal
350 W New York Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
USA
(317) 822-0840

Guest:
USA

Dates of stay: May 07, 2012 – May 14, 2012
Guest number:
Marriott Rewards number:

Room number:
Group number:

Date Description Reference Charges Credits

05/07/12 MONTHLY PARKING ($75.00) PKAWM 75.00
05/07/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/07/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/07/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/08/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/08/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/08/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/09/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/09/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/09/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/10/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/10/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/10/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/11/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/11/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/11/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/12/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/12/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/12/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/13/12 Rm Chg STDO T3 Transient J3326 91.00
05/13/12 Occupancy Sales Tax T1326 9.10
05/13/12 State Occupancy Tax T2326 6.37
05/14/12 Payment – MasterCard
MC08:42 820.29

Total balance 0.00 USD

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