Destination guide

Discover charming and characterful Carmel

An upscale and charming city that refuses to play 2nd fiddle to neighboring Indianapolis, Carmel has a range of attractions that will appeal to the whole family. Travelers love to explore the city's eclectic Arts & Design District, kick back and enjoy a spot of patio dining in Carmel City Center, and stretch their legs along the historic Monon Trail. Carmel vacation rentals are as varied as the city's hotspots, so whether you're looking for a cute condo, a dashing downtown home, or a historic hideaway, you can count on finding the perfect spot.

Things to do

Get your culture fix in Carmel

Whether you're a budding historian or prefer your culture fix with a modern flavor, Carmel has it all. Conner Prairie, an indoor/outdoor museum and the first Smithsonian Institute affiliate in Indiana, counts a recreated 19th-century village, a Lenape Indian camp, and a fabulous 4-storey tree-top outpost among its many family-friendly attractions. Traveling without kids? While Conner Prairie is certainly not just for little people, you might be more tempted by a night at the city's Center for the Performing Arts where venues such as the Palladium and the Studio Theater serve up song, dance, and almost everything in between.


Explore Carmel's Arts & Design District

No matter which Carmel vacation rental has taken your fancy, you'll find a range of activities on your doorstep. Kick things off by exploring the city's Arts & Design District, home to art galleries, antiques stores, and specialty shops for that perfect souvenir. Outside the brick building facades, you'll find that life-size castings of living people give the streetscape an appeal of its own. Time your stay to coincide with the district's Second Saturday Gallery Walk or visit in September to catch the annual International Art Festival, a lively event with pop-up stalls, live music, and meet-the-artist events.


Enjoy Carmel at its best in summer

Carmel is at its most animated over the summer when hot sunny days bring with them scores of travelers keen to experience the city's charming vibe. Temperatures in July and August, however, can easily reach 90 and beyond. Fall can be more comfortable, although if you don't mind a bit of snow, consider booking a Carmel vacation rental over the holiday season when events such as the Christkindlmarkt and Holiday on the Square provide plenty of reasons to throw on your cold weather garb. With transitional weather and the threat of thunderstorms, spring is considered the off season.

Natural features

Soak up the scenery in Carmel

Nature lovers can get their fix at a variety of scenic spots in the city. The Monon Trail, a former railroad connecting Indianapolis and Chicago, now serves as a glorious backdrop for hiking, biking, and rollerblading, while the 90-acre Cool Creek Park Nature Center offers a chance to take a look at local wildlife. The city's Central Park features a fishing lagoon and natural wetlands while the Kawachinagano Japanese Garden offers a tranquil setting for walks and picnics. Don't rule out a beach day, either! The small sandy beach at Eagle Creek Park lies within a 30-minute drive of many rentals.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Carmel

The nearest airport is in Indianapolis, IN (IND-Indianapolis Intl.), located 19.6 mi (31.5 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Carmel?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 379 vacation rentals near Carmel. From 203 Houses to 124 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Carmel for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Carmel?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carmel:

  • Downtown Indianapolis: 194 vacation rentals
  • Fountain Square: 54 vacation rentals
  • Washington Township: 30 vacation rentals
  • Near Eastside: 95 vacation rentals
  • Near Northside: 46 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Carmel?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Carmel. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Waterpark at Monon Community Center: 387 vacation rentals
  • Clay Terrace: 377 vacation rentals
  • Prairie View Golf Club: 379 vacation rentals
  • Museum of Miniature Houses: 380 vacation rentals
  • Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre: 380 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Carmel listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Carmel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 203 Houses in Carmel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Carmel include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 124 rentals available
  • Studios: 111 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 23 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Carmel?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 53 vacation rentals with pool available in Carmel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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