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Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana, a Midwestern US state. It is the 3rd largest city in this part of the country. It has a population of around 800,000 people. More than 2 million people reside in the greater metropolitan area. More than 60% of the population is white and roughly 25% is of African descent. The small Latin American population, 6.5 %, is rapidly growing. The rest are of other ethnic groups.
There are 6 cultural districts officially designated by the city. They are rich in diverse ethnic and historic resources. Aboriginal occupants were driven out of the area in the 1820s. The city was designed shortly afterwards to serve as state capital. It is right at the centre of the state.
Two waterways cut across this city. The topography, like most of the Midwest, is fairly flat. Summers can be hot and winters are cold, occasionally dipping as low as -18 degrees Celsius. There are several historic sites in this city. Much of the US and Canada can be reached from here within 24 hours on the roads that interconnect here.
The city is most famed for the Indianapolis 500, an annual automobile race. Several sports teams are also located in the downtown area. There are roughly 200 shops in and around the centre of the city and upwards of 250 restaurants downtown alone. Dozens of hotels and bed & breakfasts are right at the centre of this state capital and others are in outlying neighborhoods.
The State House Building, which dates back to 1888, is one sight tourists may want to see while here. It has a classical Renaissance Revival design. Itís made of limestone with marble and granite interiors and a glass dome.
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Late September brings the Indy Jazz Fest to town. It is held at various venues. The largest events are held on the lawns at the White River State Park. Current jazz giants and local performers participate in this week of music celebrating this city's history in jazz music. (http://www.indyjazzfest.net/)
The Indianapolis International Film Festival is held in spring or summer since March of 2004. It began as a 3-day event. It now occurs over 10 days. It is held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In its short lifetime, it has expanded from 65 submissions in the first year to receiving more than 500 in the last years. (http://indyfilmfest.org/)
Since the mid 1980s, the downtown has been the home of the Indy Irish Fest. The 3-day late September event is held in Military Park in the downtown. There is a short race followed by several stages of live music, food and drink. (http://www.indyirishfest.com/)
In late May, coinciding with the Indy 500 race, the Zoopolis 500 is held at the zoo. It features the slow motion movement of two giant tortoises from their winter lodgings to their summer home. Other special events are periodically scheduled. (http://www.indyzoo.com/content.aspx?cid=361)
Stevens Street is home to the Italian Street Festival. It is a 2-day June event with live entertainment dancing, games, rides and of course food. It is hosted by the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana. (http://www.italianheritage.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=81&Itemid=1)
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United Airlines offers its briefest flight to this airport (IND) from Sydney (SYD) in 21 hours and 17 minutes. Delta and Northwest offer their shortest flights from Sydney in 27 hours of travel time. American, for its part, estimates its briefest travel from SYD to this destination in 22 hours and 50 minutes. US Airways estimates travel at 24 hours and 23 minutes. Australians visiting here may obtain consular services from the Consulate-General located in Chicago, Illinois. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ChicagoCG.html)