7 days in Indianapolis & Carmel Itinerary

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Indianapolis — 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Crown Hill Cemetery.

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Washington DC to Indianapolis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect Indianapolis to be a bit cooler, temps between 36°F and 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Carmel.
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Carmel — 5 nights

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hearst Castle and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center & Piedras Blancas). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours.

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You can fly from Indianapolis to Carmel in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in January; daily highs in Carmel reach 62°F and lows reach 44°F. You will leave for home on the 17th (Sun).
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