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downtown Indianapolis thanks to a large-scale expansion in infrastructure and amenities. "In the last four years, we've invested $3 billion in new tourism infrastructure," said Chris Gahl, vice president of marketing and communications at Visit Indy. "We've had about $130 million in hotel renovations over the last four years. A lot of that was due to hotels coming online when we hosted the Super Bowl in 2012." In addition to new hotels, expansion and investment has brought updates to core downtown attractions as well. Te Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Zoo and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western art have all seen signifcant expansion in recent years. Besides visiting those marquee attractions, visitors to Indianapolis have a variety of new ways to discover the urban energy. "We have an architectural walking tour that has launched recently," Gahl said. "Tere are two tracks to the tour. We're second only to Washington, D.C., in terms of the number of monuments and memorials in the city. So one of the tours takes you to Monument Circle, where you go by the USS Indianapolis Memorial and the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial. "Te Downtown Venue tour goes to all of our professional sports facilities and some of the more prominent buildings in our downtown. Both are walking tours. You can go with a docent, or download an app to go by yourself with your headphones." If your group travelers value independent exploration, they'll also enjoy exploring the city on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Te $60 million project just opened in May and gives cyclists and pedestrians a dedicated eight-mile path to some 250 restaurants and 50 attractions throughout downtown. WWW.VISITINDY.COM Jamming at the Bluebird in Bloomington Courtesy Bloomington CVB BLOOMINGTON If you have epicureans in your midst, some time in downtown Bloomington should be a part of your Indiana tour. "In 2012, Bloomington was named as one of USA Today's best small towns in the country for food," said Erin Erdmann, spokesperson for Visit Bloomington. "We really promote the food aspect. With wineries and breweries downtown and then all of the restaurants and opportunities for live music, there's no shortage of activities to fll in an itinerary for a group for 36 hours." Tere are about 114 independent restaurants in Bloomington, and many of them are located around downtown or in the Indiana Indianapolis Cultural Trail Courtesy Visit Indy Shipshewana & LaGrange County VOTED ONE OF THE Shipshewana . . . Where Memories Await! TOP 100 BEST Interested in bringing a group to Shipshewana? Let us help you plan your "Memorable" trip with a customized itinerary. Personal step on guides, Meet & greets, Expert Advice, Reservation Assistance, and more! Contact us and start your plans today! Not familiar y ana with Shipshewana? We offer w ewS GU a ewanIDIDE E sh h ship13 // VISITOR ships 3 // VISITORS GU 201 20 FAM tours! F Small Towns in the United States by Best of the Midwest ITINERARIES: $PLVK,QVLJKW 6FHQWV6HQVHV indiana na northern northern india AY MORE. LESS. GETAWMORE. DRIVE GETAWAY DRIVE LESS. ANGE ANA // LAGR GO NGE SHIPSHEW // LAGRA // MON SHIPSHEWANA KAMONGO RY TOPE // LEBU HOWE // HOWE // TOPEKA MIDD VILLE // EBURY S AREA WOLCOTT // MIDDL WOLCOTTVILLE OUNDING G AREAS & SURR & SURROUNDIN org County. ounty.org Grange LaGrangeC VisitLa www.Visit www. 3DWFKZRUN6DPSOHU

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