Are you having the urge to get away for a day, weekend or maybe even a week but you’re a little short on cash? I have a travel suggestion for you and your family that just might fit your budget.

Are you having the urge to get away for a day, weekend or maybe even a week but you’re a little short on cash? I have a travel suggestion for you and your family that just might fit your budget. Indianapolis, Indiana is a vacation spot that offers first-class accommodations, dining, world renowned sporting amenities like the Indianapolis 500 Speedway and a dynamic nightlife that compares to any other major city. But here’s the catch–Indy is only three hours away via car and is a 30-minute plane ride away from Chicago.

The city of Indy has started a new campaign called “Raising the Game,” which showcases the 13th largest city in the nation in a more confident tone so that they can have continued economic growth during our slowed economy. Indy is the official home to two events that attract Black travelers – they are: "Summer Celebration," an annual event with usually more than 300,000 in attendance and is the largest and longest running African American cultural event in the U.S.

Indianapolis also plays host to America’s second largest Black college football classic–the Circle City Classic, October 2-3, with more than 250,000 visitors from across the U.S. converging in Indy for a weekend of celebrating Black excellence and educational achievement, while showcasing the spirit, energy and tradition of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The football portion of the weekend will take place on Saturday, October 3. Also, the popular Classic Parade will take place on Saturday before the game, with marching bands from across the U.S. competing for the coveted title of best band. Both events combined are major sources of income so providing you with the best is all apart of welcoming tourism to Indy, which contributes an estimated $3.2 billion to the economy annually and supports more than 76,000 full-time jobs.

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Enjoy a luxurious stay while staying on budget…

If you are looking for a place to rest your head while in Indy, not to worry because Indy has many different hotels in every price range, but the ultimate hotel is the Conrad Indianapolis, 50 West Washington Street; 317-713-5000, which opened its doors in March 2005, is Indy’s Alisters hot-spot place to stay and was recently awarded to the Gold List as a top 100 U.S. Mainland Hotel by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The Gold List is based on data collected from the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey.

To qualify for inclusion in these top-tier rankings, a property had to receive a required minimum number of responses and a minimum overall score. The Conrad Indianapolis offers 241 luxury guest rooms–each with a 42-inch flat screen television and complimentary high speed wireless internet.

The hotel also has private access to Circle Centre Mall. The hotel’s Presidential Suite is more than 1,900 square feet, and all guests are able to take advantage of Conrad’s signature pillow menu. Spa Chakra offers guests a full range of treatments. The Conrad Indianapolis is offering a "Relax and Replenish Package," which gives you deluxe accommodations, a 90-minute deep relaxation massage, continental breakfast for two and complimentary valet parking all for only $299,


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