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Get the perfect Indy skyline picture from a parking garage!

Get the perfect Indy skyline picture from a parking garage!
Get the perfect Indy skyline picture from a parking garage!

A lot of mornings – when the sky is clear and the weather isn’t too extreme – you can find me snapping pictures from the top of a parking garage. (I’m also fervently praying I don’t drop my camera over the side of the building as I reach for the perfect shot. My camera, btw, is an super light Olympus Pen E-PL5* with a M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 lens* which I find perfect for wide street shots!)

Yes, parking garages. Because I have an obsession with getting the perfect Indy skyline picture and I’m always looking for more locations that show off Indy’s concrete beauty.

So yeah, those tall, concrete squares known as parking garages are an unfortunate necessity of city life. But rather than bemoan their existence, embrace them! While making their way up to the top of a parking garage may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the views of downtown Indy’s skyline you can get from the top are truly memorable.

The best bit? You don’t even have to pay to park you car as you grab the perfect shot!

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DENISON PARKING GARAGE

What you can see: the Indiana State House, Illinois Street, various skyscrapers and apartment buildings, a peek of the Indiana War Memorial. 327 North Illinois Street ($10 daily)

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GOVERNMENT CENTER PARKING

What you can see: the Indiana State House and a clear view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline from the west. 220 North Senate Avenue (state employees only Monday through Friday 5-4PM but feel free to walk up without parking a car during that time)

World of Wonders Garage Indy

WORLD OF WONDERS GARAGE

What you can see: the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Circle Center Mall, Grand Union Station and the Amtrak station, Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church. 100 South Illinois Street ($22 daily)

Virginia Avenue Parking Garage Indy

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARKING GARAGE

What you can see: the best shot of the downtown Indianapolis skyline from the south, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Eli Lilly complex. 155 South Delaware Street ($7 daily, Monday through Friday 6:30-8:30 but accessible on foot 24/7 – I think)

Pulliam Square Parking Garage

Pulliam Square Parking Garage

What you can see: the Indiana War Memorial, the Old National Center, various skyscrapers from a northern point of view. 350 North Delaware Street ($7 daily)

Spill – if you’re from Indy, where’s your favorite spot to get a shot of the skyline? If you’re not from Indy, where’s the weirdest spot you’ve gone to get the perfect picture?
  • I used to take pictures from the top of the parking garage when I went to Cleveland State University, but I never really thought that I should seek out parking garages for pictures. This is such a good idea.
    Jasilyn recently posted…Making Russian BliniMy Profile

    • I felt so stupid once I finally figured this out! High off the ground, primo locations, free… what better way to see a city?!
      Polly recently posted…Real Indianapolis Haunted HousesMy Profile

  • Love these photos – great idea using a parking garage!

  • This past winter, I had a month-long job at Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo, and the best view of Mount Fuji you could hope to get in Tokyo was from, you guessed it, the base’s largest parking garage! I have to dig those photos up – they were pretty epic. I love the idea of using a parking garage to get good skyline pics, and will have to scout a good one to see D.C.!
    Kristin recently posted…GEIRANGER | Sky to FjordMy Profile

    • That’s amazing! I can only guess what kind of amazing shots you got from that garage!

  • What a beautiful skyline! You got some amazing shots! xo Loren // http://www.thinkelysian.com

  • Ha! There’s a parking garage in Kensington, London that had some great views. I hadn’t really embraced the whole internet photography phenmenon then, but I have een known to drag bemused visitors up to the top and gesture expansively at the square below. Glad it’s not just me.

    • Ha! Even if you don’t get a picture, the experience still totally counts! 😉

  • These are some insanely gorgeous parking garage shots! Thanks for the tip.

    xo,
    Lauryn
    http://www.lauryncakes.com

    • Thanks, Lauryn! Happy photographing!