We’ve all been there: Someone’s trying to give you directions by describing 10 lefts, 20 rights, and a jumble of cardinal directions. Isn’t it easier to just point out a landmark?
That’s exactly what we’re doing. We have 10 of the most recognizable Indy landmarks — from Soldiers and Sailors Monument to “Ann Dancing.” Not only are these local icons easy to remember, but they’ll also get you where you need to go in a jiffy.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Address: 1 Monument Cir.
Nearby: Salesforce Tower, Christ Church Cathedral, The Columbia Club
Downtown Canal Walk
Address: 801 W. Washington St.
Nearby: Indiana Statehouse, White River State Park
The Canal in itself is a landmark, but when you’re trying to meet someone at the popular summer spot, it’s best to let them know where you are in relation to the “Orange Bridge.”
Address: 1 E. Ohio St.
Nearby: Monument Circle, Columbia Club, Christ Church Cathedral
If you’re still calling it “Chase Tower,” you’re not alone. The tallest building in Indiana opened in 1990 and has been called Bank One throughout the years, as well.
Address: 850 Mass Ave.
Nearby: The Garage Food Hall, PINS Mechanical Co., Living Room Theaters
It’s hard to miss Bottleworks’ marquee-style “Hotel” sign, especially when it’s lit up at night. It was once part of the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottling plant.
Address: 200 W. Washington St.
Nearby: Downtown Canal Walk, Indiana Government Center
If you grew up in the Hoosier State, you’ve probably gone on a field trip to this historic building. Fun fact: there are snail fossils in the marble floors.
Madam Walker Legacy Center
Address: 617 Indiana Ave.
Nearby: Kurt Vonnegut Museum, IUPUI
The building is the only early 20th century structure that still stands in the 600 block of the avenue. It’s dedicated to America’s first self-made woman millionaire, born Sarah Breedlove.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Address: 4790 W. 16th St.
Well, this one’s fairly obvious. When it’s not May, the track is used for a number of events, including vintage car shows + a grand prix or two.
Address: 401 Mass Ave.
Nearby: Old National Centre, Needler’s Fresh Market
We’re thinking out-of-the-box for this one. When you’re trying to find someone on Mass Ave., we think it’s helpful to say how close you are to this recognizable piece by London artist, Julian Opie.
Indiana War Memorial
Address: 55 E. Michigan St.
Nearby: Monument Circle, Central Library
Did you know the Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Its design was inspired by Greek architecture of the fifth century.
Address: 110 W. Washington St.
Nearby: Indiana Statehouse, Monument Circle
AKA “the mall,” this identifiable structure is a beautiful spot to sit in if you’re taking a break from shopping + is used to link Circle Centre Mall to hotels and more retail space. It’s owned and operated by Indy Arts Council.
Crown Hill Cemetery
Address: 700 W. 38th St.
Nearby: Newfields, International School of Indiana
There are 130 different species of trees in the cemetery’s 555 acres. Several noteworthy Hoosiers have been buried there, including John Dillinger.