Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Watch chef-owner Jonathan Brooks (a Bon Appétit favorite) work his magic in the open kitchen while you enjoy Dutch baby pancakes with Swiss and roasted mushrooms. milktoothindy.com
2. White River State Park
The park is one-stop shopping for history (Indiana State Museum), art (Eiteljorg Museum), animals (Indianapolis Zoo), and picnicking (abundant green space). inwhiteriver.com
3. Indianapolis City Market
The historic Indianapolis City Market features 30(ish) semipermanent food merchants. Local favorites include tamales at the Tamale Place. indycm.com
4. Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
Take a literary detour at this shrine to author and Indy native Kurt Vonnegut. vonnegutlibrary.org
5. Looking Through Windows
Local panes are repurposed as art.
6. Chatham Passage
Stop and smell the roses (literally—the scent wafts from a grate).
7. Swarm Street
Motion-activated lights flicker and shimmer.
8. Glick Peace Walk
A corridor of calm amid the city’s many war memorials.
9. Monon Trail
This 18.1-mile rail trail crosses several Instagram-worthy bridges, cuts through lively towns, and passes plenty of quaint backyards along the way.
10. White River Trail
Lots of wildlife, including red foxes, blue herons, and golden eagles, can be found on this 10.6-mile riverfront trail.
11. Central Canal Towpath
Weave along the historic waterway on this 7.7-mile trail of compacted stone.
*Indy Bike Hub
Need a rental or a tune-up? This YMCA facility, along with Bicycle Garage Indy, offers a full-service bike shop, plus parking for your wheels ($10 a day; $1 an hour), lockers, and showers. indybikehub.org
While You’re There:Take a spin around the (12) Major Taylor Velodrome ($8) at the Indy Cycloplex (indycycloplex.com) and marvel at the centrifugal forces that keep you from face-planting on the steep curves.
Where to Stay:Curators from the Indianapolis Museum of Art handpicked 26 artists to create works for (13) the Alexander (from $180, thealexander.com).