7 days in Indianapolis & Carmel Itinerary

7 days in Indianapolis & Carmel Itinerary

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Indianapolis — 2 nights

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.
On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to City-County Building Observatory, see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center, appreciate the history behind Monument Circle, then admire the landmark architecture of Scottish Rite Cathedral, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co., and finally look for gifts at Rocket Fizz.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis travel route planner.

Washington DC to Indianapolis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get slightly colder in Indianapolis: highs are around 41°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Carmel.
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Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Carmel — 4 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. Get a sense of the local culture at Monterey Bay Food Tours and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, stroll through Scenic Road Walkway, walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park, and admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Indianapolis to Carmel takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Indianapolis in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 43°F at night. You will leave for home on the 30th (Wed).
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