Sometimes unfairly dismissed as a mere gateway to Santa Fe and Taos, the nation's hot-air ballooning capital has enough going for it to merit at least a three-day visit. By Katrina Brown Hunt Updated: America's 14th-largest city, Indianapolis has experienced ups and downs over the past half-century, but it's definitely in an "up" mood of late, with ambitious redevelopments of downtown neighborhoods; outstanding museums, theaters, and sports venues; and an increasingly visible gay and lesbian community. In a room of about 50 people, about a dozen guys are gathered in the middle, hugging and greeting one another. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.
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Theater buffs watch top-notch plays and musicals at the city's three highly respected performing arts venues. A quieter, more romantic option is the gay-owned Wishing Well Guesthouse. The first iconic rainbow flag was raised here inand the Castro District has remained, for many, the epicenter of American gay culture.
The city also has a number of first-rate restaurants, the infectiously fun if honky-tonk Stockyards district, and a handful of down-home friendly gay bars, many of them around the hip and lively Magnolia Strip in the eclectic Near Southside.