This memorial sits right in the center of downtown Indianapolis (Meridian and Market) and is a beautiful monument to our soldiers and sailors.
Just seeing the memorial is impressive enough but it is worth the time and effort to park the car and get up close to the monument. There is a lot of artistic detail on the memorial that you will only notice if you take the time to walk around it. There are also beautiful water features, which are not apparent when you drive around it.
While we were there, the memorial itself was open and you could take the elevator or stairs to the top. As mentioned in other reviews, the memorial is about as tall as the Statue of Liberty so it is a lot of stairs. The brochure states that if the monument was built today, it would cost over 500 million dollars, so you can imagine the scale of this monument.
You can ride an elevator to the top of the monument. The elevator ride cost $1/pp. The elevator is old and takes a while but it fun to ride up and see the interior of the monument out of the glass sides of the elevator.. When you do get to the top, there is a small glass enclosed viewing area. This area gets extremely hot on warm, sunny days since there is no ventilation, so be forewarned and the glass could use a good cleaning as well.
After you see this monument, I highly recommend you drive North on Meridian to see the World War 1 Monument and the Verterans Memorial.