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Smack in the middle of the Hoosier state, Indianapolis is a natural stopping point for groups touring northern and southern Indiana. This capital city has many interesting attractions for groups to visit, from great museums to world-class sports facilities.

If your bank group tour takes you through Indianapolis, be sure to include some of these stops on your itinerary.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway — First built in 1909 as an auto manufacturer’s proving grounds, the speedway is the city’s chief sporting icon. Its signature race, the Indianapolis 500, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year; the track also hosts NASCAR’s annual Brickyard 400.

Groups can get a great overview of the speedway at the on-site Hall of Fame Museum and take a bus ride around the track.

NCAA Hall of Champions
— Indy is home to the NCAA headquarters, and the Hall of Champions pays tribute to collegiate athletes. Groups that visit the museum get a 90-minute tour that includes exhibits and interactive components surrounding the association’s 23 sanctioned sports. A number of hands-on activities, such as downhill skiing and football throwing simulators, let guests get in on the activity themselves.

Indianapolis Museum of Art — One of the five largest general art museums in the nation, the Indianapolis Museum of Art boasts a collection of more than 50,000 works. Highlights include Mary Surratt impressionist classics, a group of West Asian rugs and a collection of historic Japanese paintings. Docents lead groups on themed tours of the museum’s collection, as well as tours of the gardens and historic homes on the 152-acre campus.