For me, the final few weeks of the year always require me to put serious thought into what my New Year’s resolution should be. I’ve learned that these resolutions have to be attainable, which is why the daily workout plans or the eradication of sugar-overloaded sweet tea is no longer on my resolution lists. I always throw in the towel before the season even changes. However, resolutions that require you to splurge or set aside free time for yourself actually seem to be more feasible, which is why I’ve landed on TRAVEL as my 2015 resolution.
“In 2015, I seek to uncover surprising destinations.”
For those that might have a similar 2015 resolution, travel resource giants, Lonely Planet, make it easy with their ‘Best in the U.S.’ list for 2015. It’s a list of the top ten cities in the country that are a must for travel in 2015, and fortunately for me, Indianapolis was selected to be on this heralded travel list. It’s evident that a New Year’s resolution to uncover surprising destinations may not have me traveling too far. (Click here to see the full list of recommended destinations. )
As an Indy lover, such an accolade isn’t much of a surprise, really. Indy has given travel-junkies many reasons to put the Circle City on ‘must see’ lists, and with 2015’s line-up of new exhibits and locales, next year will be no exception.
In fact, here’s a quick look at my ‘most-anticipated’ Indy highlights for 2015:
BlueIndy: Nation’s Largest All-Electric Car Sharing Program: Get ready for 500 tiny, yet efficient electric cars to swarm the city streets.
Glorious Grub: As if 2014 didn’t bring enough new local dining favorites, we’ve got more food options expected to top the charts in 2015: Dinosaur BBQ, Yard House, which will have over 100 beers on draft or The Tap, slated to move inside the old Indy Star building. Downtown will also welcome former Indianapolis Colt, Gary Brackett’s new restaurant endeavor, Georgia Reese’s and Chef JJ brings his Big Green Egg bistro to a perfect downtown corner with fantastic city views.
Dream Cars: 19 concept cars will shine inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art this May. Timing couldn’t be more perfect with over 300,000 motorsports aficionados ready for the Indy 500.
10 Years of Devouring: Yes, we’re back to food, but that’s because one of Indy’s most popular food traditions turns 10! Devour Downtown will kick off in January and again in August for the best way to see some of the city’s best restaurants at a discounted price.
The Stamp: This new $40 million concert venue will break ground in early 2015, completely expanding the downtown footprint. Visitors and residents alike will start hearing sweet sounds from across the River and on the grounds of the old GM Stamping Plant as early as 2016.
Hoopla Hysteria: Indy plays host to the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium. That also means free concerts, team practices and a massive Fan Fest inside the Indiana Convention Center.
Tinker Flats: A whole new district in the city will start to shine when Tinker Flats opens their doors in August. This $3.3 million food and beverage incubator will be open to the public for events, classes and of course, taste-testing.
Gold: Real gold – and lots of it – is heading to Indy when Eiteljorg, Indy’s Native American and Western Indian Art museum, opens their doors to show off their new exhibit: Gold! Riches and Ruins on March 7th.
Corvettes: For the first time ever, Indy will host the nation’s most prestigious and longest-running all-Corvette show at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from June 25-27, 2015.
Here’s to discovering surprising destinations in 2015.