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Here Are 20 Great Road Trips From Indianapolis

If you’re looking for road trips from Indianapolis – you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for vacation ideas or weekend trips from Indy – we’ve got some great ideas for you!

Here are 20 road trip ideas from Indianapolis:

1. Put-in-Bay, Ohio

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Clocking in at just under five hours from Indy, Put-in-Bay is a tropical getaway in the middle of Lake Erie just off the shore of northern Ohio. You’ll take a ferry to the island and find live music, nightlife, great shopping and food, as well as plenty of things to keep you busy! Rent a golf cart to tour the island in style! If the party atmosphere isn’t your style, take the ferry over to nearby Kelleys Island for a more peaceful, secluded atmosphere.

Travel Time: 4h 51m / 276 miles

2. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Is there anything better than looking up and seeing the Smoky Mountains in the skyline while you play mini golf, ride an alpine coaster, or walk into a gigantic replica of the Titanic? Pigeon Forge is a family friendly destination with lots of fun attractions, entertainment, and one of the best theme parks in the country – Dollywood! Best of all – you’re a hop, skip, or a jump away from the nation’s most visited National Park. If you’ve never seen it in person – it’s a life changing experience. Nothing like it! And admission to the park is absolutely free. Pigeon Forge is also home to one of the neatest crime museums I’ve ever seen – Alcatraz East Crime Museum is definitely worth a visit!

Read: Top 10 Things To Do in Pigeon Forge

Travel Time: 5h 50m / 391 miles

3. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee City Hall at night

Milwaukee may be known worldwide for cheese and beer but there’s so much more!  You can keep busy for several days exploring places like the  Harley-Davidson Museum , the  Milwaukee Public Market , and watching the famous wings open on the  Milwaukee Art Museum .  If you love a good festival – Milwaukee has lots and lots of them including the world’s largest music festival each summer.  The city has an endless amount of great food for all tastes, and don’t forget the beautiful views of Lake Michigan.  Take the time to explore some of the historic downtown neighborhoods and don’t leave without buying a bag of fresh cheese curds for your road trip home.

Travel Time: 4h 9m / 279 miles

4. Dayton, Ohio

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Dayton is best known as the place that gave birth to modern aviation. The Wright Brothers called Dayton home and the city is full of historic places that will give you a front row seat to the history of the “flying machine” which is how the first airplane was trademarked. One of the original Wright Brothers bicycle shops is still in tact, and you can see an original Wright Flyer at the Carillon Historical Park. Take a ride over to Huffman Prairie Field where the brothers tested out there invention or tour the mansion where they lived. Best of all – Dayton is home to the Museum of The United States Air Force – an unbelievable airplane museum that consists of four different hangars and impossible to see in a single day. See rare military aircraft and even go on board a retired Air Force One plane. And it’s free!

Travel Time: 2h 11m / 117 miles

5. Parke County, Indiana

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Parke County, Indiana is best known as the “covered bridge capitol of the world”! Located less than than two hours from downtown Indy, you’ll find a great relaxing destination with some much needed peace and quiet. You can grab an old fashioned map (remember those?) at the local visitors center and then set out to find as many of the historic covered bridges as you can, making it a perfect romantic getaway. Consider booking a room or campsite at Turkey Run State Park, Indiana’s most popular state park, for your home base. They offer brand new, minimalist cabins as well. The park has plenty of great hiking trails for all skill levels.

You can check out my post on visiting Parke County for other tips and suggestions:  This is the Covered Bridge Capitol of the World

Travel Time: 1h 40m / 78 miles

6. Adventures On The Gorge – Lansing, West Virginia

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The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the most impressive architectural feats in American history. One of the many daring activities offered through  Adventures On The Gorge  in Lansing, West Virginia is called “Bridge Walk”. You can literally walk along the catwalk beneath the third highest bridge in the U.S. It’s not for everyone, but an unforgettable experience for thrill seekers! During your stay at the adventure resort, you can zip line, climb trees, enjoy incredible sunsets, and of course – some of the best whitewater rafting in the world.

Travel Time: 5h 50m / 372 miles

7. St. Louis, Missouri

Soda Fountain at Union Station

The Gateway to the West is more than just the country’s tallest national monument. (630 feet high, in case you were wondering – and yes, you can take a tram all the way up to the top.) Saint Louis is home to Forest Park, which is bigger than New York’s Central Park, and full of free attractions like the Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum and yes – the award winning Saint Louis Zoo, which is only one of two major zoos in the America with free admission. Enjoy a great meal on “The Hill” – the last still thriving Italian neighborhood in America and take your kids to City Museum – one of the most bizarre, yet incredible places in the midwest. Tour Budweiser, take a stroll at the Missouri Botanical Garden, or try some St. Louis style thin crust pizza or toasted ravioli! Yum!

More fun:  Here are 10 “quirky” things to do in St. Louis!

Travel Time: 3h 35m / 243 miles

8. Springfield, Illinois

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This is a great road trip idea for history lovers – Abe Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois! You can spend an entire weekend exploring where Lincoln served in the Illinois legislature, worked as a self-taught lawyer, and lived with his family. You can tour the only home he ever owned which is beautifully preserved along with the neighborhood where he lived. Lincoln is also buried in the local cemetery beneath a massive tomb. You can also enjoy some Route 66 history and tour the state’s capitol building as well as the Governor’s mansion.

Travel Time: 3h 11m / 213 miles

9. Holland, Michigan

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If you thought Holland was in Europe – you are correct!  But, America’s Holland is located in Michigan and it’s a cool town worth exploring.  Pick up a pair of wooden shoes and walk along the streets of downtown for great shopping and lots of dining options.  (Fun fact:  the streets of downtown Holland are heated so they don’t have to plow snow in the winter. Genius!)  Holland is also home to the only authentic Dutch wind mill that is still operational in the U.S.  If tulips are your thing – visit during the annual  festival  each spring.  The Holland Bowl Mill is also very cool – ask them for a quick tour of the production and find a one of a kind wooden bowl to take home!

Bill’s Advice:  I eat a lot of pizza when I’m on the road and Holland has one of the best pizza places I’ve ever been to.  It’s called  Fricano’s Pizza  and sometimes, I have dreams about it. 

Travel Time: 3h 40m / 235 miles

10. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Famous for having more bridges than any other U.S. city, Pittsburgh is a terrific destination for a weekend or extended getaway. You can take in a baseball game with beautiful views of the Sixth Street Bridge, take a ride on the historic Duquesne Incline, or visit the city’s quirky bicycle museum. If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, Pittsburgh was his home town and you can spend a day exploring all things Mr. Rogers – including seeing the very sets from the iconic television show and his puppets!

Check out my story: Finding Mr. Rogers in Pittsburgh .

Travel Time: 5h 21m / 360 miles

11. Owensboro, Kentucky

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Just south of Evansville is the bluegrass music capitol of the world – Owensboro, Kentucky. If you like the idea of watching local bands in a barn, taste testing bourbon, eating good barbecue, or catching catfish – you’ll love this place. Owensboro is also home to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and music legend Bill Monroe. You can even tour his childhood home .

Travel Time: 3h 10m / 197 miles

12. Cincinnati, Ohio

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There’s a lot to see and do in Cincinnati! One of my favorite museums – The American Sign Museum is alone worth the road trip. Downtown you’ll find some fun places to eat, catch a game at Great American Ballpark, or take a stroll along the Ohio river on the beautiful hiking and biking trails. If you take a short drive (or walk) across the bridge downtown you’ll wind up in Covinginton, Kentucky. This historic town that was once notorious for gangsters is now a lovely area with dining and shopping, plus great views looking back at the Cincinnati skyline. Speaking of “skyline” – Cincy’s famous chili is available all over town. (I’m not personally a fan – but a lot of people like it!)

Travel Time: 1h 42m / 112 miles

13. Madison, Wisconsin

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The state capital of Wisconsin is constantly ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S.  Madison is also a fun college town with lots of things to do – though its best to visit in the spring and summer months if you hate cold weather.  My favorite thing to do in Madison is the Dane County Farmer’s Market that wraps around the entire Capitol building. Patrons all walk in one direction to shop for fresh produce and local goods.  Of course, State Street is full of action – all seven blocks between downtown and the University of Wisconsin campus. You can find food (140 restaurants!) unique stores, and plenty of entertainment day or night.

Bill’s Advice:  Tour the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol, and enjoy some time relaxing near the water.  (You can ice skate in the winter months)  For a quirky stop – a short drive to Middleton will get you to the  National Mustard Museum ! 

Travel Time: 4h 51m / 330 miles

14. Nashville, Tennessee

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Music City USA has seen a major boom in recent years. Along with the treasures that have always made Nashville great, there are brand new attractions and businesses making it one of the hottest cities in the south.  For country music fans – the Hall of Fame is a great bet, along with a tour of the  Ryman Auditorium  and  Grand Ole Opry.   These days, Broadway is a happening street akin to Times Square in New York City.  Bars, live music, and plenty of good people watching.  Check out an exact replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, and be sure to try some authentic Nashville Hot Chicken while you’re in town!

Bill’s Advice:  Nashville is great for a weekend but definitely plenty to do for an extended visit or vacation.  It’s also one of the most popular cities on the list – which means it’s going to be busy.  Brace yourself for crazy traffic, higher than average prices to park your car downtown, and lots of people.  To save a bit of money, consider staying in one of the many communities that surround Nashville or out near the airport.  If you’re a country music fan – the George Jones Museum is a must! If not, you can still check out the rooftop bar on the fourth floor with great views of the river. 

Travel Time: 4h 10m / 288 miles

15. Door County, Wisconsin

Al Johnson's Door County

One of the prettiest destinations in all of the midwest is Door County, Wisconsin. With its welcoming small communities, abundance of outdoor adventure, and of course – cherries galore – it makes for a perfect road trip. Be sure to check out the goats walking atop the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish restaurant in Sister Bay, take a sunset cruise from Fish Creek to capture some beautiful photos, and of course if your timing is right – pick some fresh cherries in one of the many orchards in the area.

Bill’s Advice: Be sure to pop into the Wisconsin Visitors Center and pick up a cheese map! You’ll find every location for fresh cheese and cheese curds all of the state. It’s fantastic!

16. Louisville, Kentucky

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Of course most people know Louisville as the place where the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats are made, but that’s just the start!  Downtown Louisville offers a wide variety of attractions from the Muhammad Ali Center to Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby takes place.  For an adventure – try out the world’s only underground zip line at Louisville Mega Cavern or a cruise on the historic Belle of Louisville.  Lots of great restaurants for all tastes and cool places to stay including 21c and The Galt House Hotel.

Bill’s Advice:  Louisville is a great weekend trip!  If you love Kentucky Fried Chicken, pay your respects to Col. Sanders himself.  His grave site is a short drive from downtown.  Just follow the yellow line at Cave Hill Cemetery and you’ll find it.  Don’t be surprised if you see a bucket of chicken sitting on the tombstone.  No, seriously. 

Travel Time: 1h 43m / 113 miles

17. Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa

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Talk about getting your bang for the buck – how often do you get four destinations packed into a single stop?  The Quad Cities is made up of five towns that share the Illinois-Iowa border.  (Yes, “quad” makes no sense as there are five and not four – but believe me, they know.)  It’s best known as the world headquarters for John Deere, and visitors can tour multiple historical spots that tell the story of the famous company.  Take a quick side trip up to LeClaire on the Iowa side to see where the show American Pickers began.

Bill’s Advice:  Try some Whitey’s Ice Cream while you’re in the region because it’s amazing!  It is seriously so good that it’s the first thing I want to do when I pass through the region.  I’ve interviewed the family that owns it – and they’re very nice! 

Travel Time: 4h 30m / 306 miles

18. Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Fort Wayne is probably not a spot that’s been on your radar but Indiana’s second largest city has a lot going on.  Its minor league baseball stadium is award winning and its local library is known as the best genealogy research center in the country.  The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of the best designed kid-friendly zoos around and a brand new, beautiful  riverfront project  has injected new energy into the town.  You’ll also find lots of opportunity for outdoor recreation.

Bill’s Advice:  For something unique, visit the headquarters for Sweetwater – one of the largest music and instrument stores in the world.  Vera Bradley is also headquartered in Fort Wayne and has events during the year.  

Travel Time: 1h 57m / 126 miles

19. Indiana Dunes National Park

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So let’s be honest, Indiana isn’t exactly a great place to live if you crave frequent road trips to the ocean. Florida? California? Better save some money for gas. However, it’s an easy trip to some of the beaches along beautiful Lake Michigan. Often underrated are the northern beaches of the midwest which are often less crowded, cleaner, and have sunsets that are just as beautiful. You can check out:  Indiana Dunes  for info on places to stay and things to do in the region. You can sit back and relax, rent a paddle board or kayak and watch your kids burn off energy running up and down the impressive sand dunes.

Travel Time: 2h 16m / 153 miles

20. Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, known to locals as “C-Bus” is the capitol city of Ohio. It’s been going through major growth over the last decade and is a destination worthy of a road trip. The sprawling downtown is easily accessible with the new CBUS Circulator, free to use for visitors. Check out the Short North Arts District for galleries, dining, and locally owned shopping. Local attractions include the Franklin Conservatory and Botanical Garden, the COSI Science Museum, Columbus Art Museum, and the Columbus Zoo which is one of the best in the country. Be sure to take a free tour of the Ohio state capitol building as well!

Travel Time: 2h 36m / 176 miles

Top 20 Road Trip Ideas From Indianapolis

  • Put-In-Bay, Ohio
  • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Parke County, Indiana
  • Adventures On The Gorge, West Virginia
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • Holland, Michigan
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Door County, Wisconsin
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Quad Cities Region
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Indiana Dunes National Park
  • Columbus, Ohio 

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10 Exciting Weekend Road Trips From Indianapolis, Indiana

Posted by Brittany Varano July 31, 2022 Updated July 28, 2022

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Smack dab in America’s Heartland, Indianapolis’ central locale to five different states and local destinations offers endless weekend road trip possibilities.

As a city, Indianapolis has a lot going on. Home to a thriving sports and outdoor-loving culture, top things to do include experiencing the epic Indy 500, catching a Colts game at the Lucas Oil Stadium, and exploring the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The city’s food and bar scene is poppin’, where fried and meaty dishes are almost always served alongside a cold craft brew.

But when boredom strikes, as it inevitably does, Indianapolis has some pretty exciting weekend road trips that can cure any case of the travel itch. The state is nicknamed the “Crossroads of America” afterall, thanks to its unique location at the intersection of four Interstate Highways. That means it’s all too easy to escape the bustle of the city when needed.

So the next time you’re feeling the urge to escape, here’s a list of the best weekend road trips from Indianapolis.

1. Indiana Dunes National Park

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For a bit of fresh air, head on over to Indiana Dunes National Park , a protected sand dune ecosystem along the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The park has about 50 miles of hiking trails that meander through 15,000 acres of protected wetlands, flowering prairies, and forests. In the summer many come to camp out and enjoy the beach, where on a clear day you can catch sight of the Chicago skyline.

If the national park’s Dunewood Campground is full, the neighboring Indiana Dunes State Park offers more camping and recreation opportunities. The state park portion of Indiana’s dunes is also where you’ll find the famous 3 Dunes Challenge, a short but surprisingly tough hike that takes you up and over the area’s three tallest sand dunes.

  • Distance:  155 miles
  • Drive time without stops:  2 hours, 20 minutes

Related Read:   The 10 Best Illinois Glamping Rentals

2. Fort Wayne, Indiana

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As Indiana’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne promises a fun and convenient weekend getaway. This northeastern destination, boasts numerous green spaces, waterways, and an extensive network of walking and bike paths, including the beautiful Promenade Park . Other noteworthy attractions include the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, botanical gardens, and the children’s zoo. Not to mention, no trip is complete without stopping by the historic Old Fort Wayne , a military stockade dating back to 1794.

As evening falls, consider booking a stay at The Bradley , an elegant boutique hotel designed by Fort Wayne native Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder of the famous designer Vera Bradley. The Landing, a haven for foodies, is conveniently within walking distance away along the city’s historic West Columbia Street.

  • Distance: 125 miles
  • Drive time without stops: 2 hours

3. Chicago, Illinois

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With one of the country’s largest cities right at your fingertips, there are infinite ways to spend a weekend trip to Chicago. Those interested in museums should add the Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Institute of Chicago to their to-do lists. If spending time out and about is more your speed, venture to Millennium Park, where you can snap photos of the famous Cloud Gate or Navy Pier for family-friendly fun.

And, of course, indulging in the Windy City’s famous eats is an attraction in and of itself. So strap on your bibs and prepare to feast on deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and mile-high Italian beef sandwiches — shout out to Lou Malnati’s , Portillo’s , and Al’s Italian Beef , respectively.

  • Distance:  183 miles
  • Drive time without stops: 3 hours

Related Read:   12 Stunning Chicago Vacation Rentals for a Lively Windy City Stay

4. Bloomington, Indiana

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Bloomington is a vibrant college town through and through, thanks to the sprawling and well-manicured campus of Indiana University that calls the city home. The downtown district is walkable, making the shops and restaurants of Kirkwood Avenue and The Square easy to explore. And on Saturday mornings, pick up locally grown and made fares at the ​​ Community Farmers’ Market .

Just outside Bloomington lies Hoosier National Forest and McCormick’s Creek State Park, where a cascading waterfall attracts thousands of visitors yearly. More outdoor fun can be found on the shores of nearby Lake Monroe and at highly-rated golf courses like The Pfau Course.

  • Distance:  51 miles
  • Drive time without stops: 1 hour

5. Saugatuck, Michigan

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Just north of Indiana’s border with Michigan lies the quaint beach town of Saugatuck. This charming coastal destination is often compared to Cape Cod and is an excellent place to soak up sunshine on the famous Oval Beach .

Aside from its Lake Michigan beaches, the town is known for its antique shops, mom-and-pop eateries, and artistic atmosphere. So much so that Saugatch considers itself “The Great Art-Doors” due to its many art galleries and beautiful surroundings. During your visit, be sure to make time for the Saugatuck Dunes State Park for 200-foot tall dunes and a hike to the top of Mount Baldhead for lake views.

  • Distance:  225 miles
  • Drive time without stops: 3 hours 40 minutes

Related Read:   9 Unique Places to Stay in Michigan for an Extraordinary Escape

6. Turkey Run State Park, Indiana

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Indiana’s Turkey Run State Park is famous for dramatic canyons and towering cliffs. Hikers will appreciate the 14 miles of exciting trails that take you up vertical canyon climbs, through lush forest, and past historic landmarks like the covered bridge. Plus, the idyllic Sugar Creek passes through the park grounds where you can tube, kayak, and more. The park grounds also feature an Olympic-size swimming pool, numerous picnic pavilions, and an informational nature center.

Weekend warriors who wish to stay immersed in the great outdoors can book a rustic cabin rental or campsite with electric hookups and modern bathroom facilities. The Turkey Run Inn within the park boundaries is another option and is a beautiful redbrick lodge that provides a romantic place to stay.

  • Distance:  70 miles
  • Drive time without stops: 1 hour 20 minutes

7. Louisville, Kentucky

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Get out of the Midwest with a road trip to the only southern destination on this list — Louisville, Kentucky! Louisville is the birthplace of many things, including Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lousiville Sluggers, and Muhammed Ali. And we can’t forget the excitement of the the Kentucky Derby, an event traditionally held in May. However, visitors can experience the derby any time of year with a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum and the historic Churchill Downs racetrack.

Other classic ways to experience the city are with a stroll across the iconic Big Four Bridge or a steamboat cruise on the Belle of Louisville. Treating yourself to Louisville’s local flavor is also a must. Essential eats include the fried chicken at The Eagle , a BBQ platter from Feast BBQ , and the iconic Kentucky Hot Brown from its birthplace, The Brown Hotel .

  • Distance:  115 miles
  • Drive time without stops: 1 hour 50 minutes

Related Read:   9 Incredible Kentucky Treehouses For a Southern Getaway

8. Columbus, Ohio

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Marked by the eye-catching Ohio Statehouse capital building and the Ohio State campus, Columbus exudes a small town charm with big city attractions. This vibrant college town often tops the charts as one of America’s top party schools, and fosters a lively nightlife, particularly in the Short North Arts District . Or get your drink on with a distillery tour at the Middle West Spirit’s Service Bar and a trip down the Columbus Ale Trail.

During daylight hours, some of the best things to do in Columbus are the Columbus Zoo and the Columbus Museum of Art . Packing a picnic for The Scioto Mile, a stretch of greenery along the passing river, is another Columbus tradition. For something more quaint, the city’s unique German Village is a historic neighborhood that continues to uphold tradition through German pubs and boutique shopping.

  • Distance:  175 miles
  • Drive time without stops: 2 hours 45 minutes

9. Brown County State Park, Indiana

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Nestled in the unsuspecting town of Nashville, Indiana, is the natural wonder that is Brown County State Park . Officially Indiana’s largest state park, this neck of the woods has been dubbed the “Little Smokies” because of vast rolling hills and lush forests. It has plenty to keep outdoor lovers busy with popular pastimes like mountain biking and hiking as well as two little lakes where you can take a dip. And for the kiddos, the park also has a swimming pool and playground.

The best way to soak up the beauty of Brown County State Park is by camping. There are three modern campsites to choose from with sites that are RV friendly. Or skip packing the camping gear altogether and opt for a stay in the park’s outdoorsy Abe Martin Lodge .

  • Distance:  60 miles
  • Drive time without stops : 57 minutes

Related Read:   12 Charming Barndominiums for Your Next Rural Getaway

10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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If you’re up for a longer-haul road trip from Indianapolis, Milwaukee is a seriously underrated city that appeals to beer buffs, culture connoisseurs, food fanatics, and more. They don’t call Milwaukee “Brew City” for nothing, and planning a tour of popular breweries like Lakefront or Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery is a must. While at it, Don’t miss Wisconsin faves like fried cheese curds or a German-style bratwurst from the The Brat House .

After you’ve had your fill of the city’s culinary delights, work it off with a stroll along the Riverwalk, past the industrial-turned-artsy buildings of the Historic Third Ward . For a taste of art, a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum is sure to wow, housed in a facility that’s a masterpiece itself. And for something classically Wisconsin, consider popping into the Harley Davidson Museum or visiting during Summerfest, an epic music festival that Milwaukee hosts every summer.

  • Distance:  279 miles
  • Drive time without stops: 4 hours 30 minutes

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Bloomington

Bloomington

Known as the home of Indiana University, Bloomington landed at #3 on Livability.com's 2013 list of Top 10 Foodie Cities in America, citing restaurants with refined kitchens, respected chefs and avant-garde menus along with food-focused special events. The choices will tempt your taste buds from the inspired comfort food at Restaurant Tallent and Farm Bloomington to the variety of ethnic cuisines such as Tibetan, Thai, French, African, Moroccan, Turkish, Asian and Italian. Add to that award-winning Oliver Winery, Upland and Bloomington Brewing Companies, stunning scenery highlighted with rolling hills, and a growing arts and culture community.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 53 miles.

Columbus

Home to more than 70 renowned pieces of architecture and public art, Columbus boasts the work of Dale Chihuly, Richard Meier, Henry Moore, I.M. Pei, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese and more. Walking or bus tours are available to take it all in. Be sure to take a break and pull up a stool at Zaharako's Victorian Soda Shoppe, opened in 1900 and still serving classic treats. If bargain shopping is more to your liking, don't miss Edinburgh Premium Outlets with more than 85 stores including Columbia Sportswear, Izod, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 45 miles.

Located in Northwest Indiana,  Fair Oaks Farms  is the perfect day trip for anyone. Head to the farm site where you can experience outdoor fun and participate in daily Pig and Crop Adventures. Fair Oaks Farm is dedicated to educating individuals on modern day farming practices. This educational and fun trip is something you’ll never forget! The impressive Farmhouse Restaurant has a farm-to-table experience that showcases natural ingredients straight from the farm. Before you leave, you must try the famous homemade ice cream.

Driving distance from downtown in Indy: 109 miles.

French Lick/West Baden

French Lick

A true resort community, French Lick West Baden welcomes guests to the ultimate luxury experience. The French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels are historic, opulent lodging choices set amidst the hills, valleys and lakes of the region. Make a splash at an indoor water park, go boating on Patoka Lake, take a train through the Hoosier National Forest, climb in the saddle for a horseback ride or put on your best walking shoes to explore one of the many scenic trails.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 124 miles.

Hamilton County

Hamilton County

Called Indiana's premier golf destination, Hamilton County prides itself on the quality and variety of its courses which include a couple designed by the legendary Pete Dye. On a break from the links, enjoy Geist and Morse Reservoirs for boating and fishing, learn about our past at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park which was recently named one of the top five museums in the nation, explore independent restaurants and creativity in Carmel's Arts & Design District, shop at the area's first outdoor lifestyle center (Clay Terrace) or treat yourself to a show at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 17 miles.

Hendricks County

Hendricks County

From March to October, Lucas Oil Raceway's oval and dragstrip are alive with racing action. See the world's largest drag race, the U.S. Nationals, over Labor Day weekend, NASCAR's Kroger SpeedFest in July and the USAC Sprint Car and ARCA Racing Series throughout the year. Experience an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment phenomenon, Metropolis, with regular live music performances and a Rave theater. For a more relaxing vibe, try shopping in quaint downtown Danville, pick some produce at Beasley's Orchard & Gardens or sample some of the 50 varieties of wine handcrafted at Chateau Thomas Winery.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 13 miles.

Nashville/Brown County

Getaways Brown County

Whether it's an excursion to downtown Nashville with all its eclectic shops and art galleries, a mountain bike ride or a trip on a zip line, you can find it here. Brown County State Park is the state's largest with 16,000 acres of trails, forests, shelters, campgrounds, lakes, a nature center and abundant recreational options. The world's oldest, continuously running bluegrass festival, the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, takes place here each June and the Melchior Marionette Theatre calls the area home. And nestled in the mature forests of the area is Getaway Brown County , a series of homey cabins with an onsite trail along a series of small bluffs. These nature-inspired escapes come with everything you need and (nothing you don’t) so you can disconnect from the noise and reconnect to nature.

Santa Claus

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari was the world's first theme park and still has plenty of thrills for the whole family. The park's wooden coasters are consistently voted near the top and the relatively recent opening of Splashin' Safari provides lots of family water rides, action rivers and wave pools. Known for its cleanliness, the park provides free soft drinks, sunscreen, inner tubes and parking in a non-smoking environment. In addition, the world's only Santa Claus Post Office resides here and still receives--and answers--more than 12,000 children's letters each holiday season.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 150 miles.

Shelbyville

Shelbyville

Put your chips on the table at Indiana Live! Casino or pick your lucky horse at adjacent Indiana Downs. In addition to the table games, you can also bet on finding great eats at the casino's Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, the Live! Market Buffet and Deli or NASCAR Sports Grille. Spend some of your winnings seeing a true vaudeville show at the BC Supper Club. Come for lunch or dinner and experience a show full of music, dance and comedy.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 30 miles.

Lafayette/West Lafayette

Lafayette/West Lafayette

Home of Purdue University, West Lafayette has a thriving arts community and a healthy embrace of the region's history. The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette … take in a concert at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Explore the country's largest collection of Amelia Earhart memorabilia and marvel at the Purdue Marching Band's world&'s largest drum! Travel back in time to see how the area's woodlands, wetlands and prairie helped shape life at Historic Prophetstown and the Living History Center and how Native Americans fought to unite against the white settlers at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum. And for something truly unique, visit Wolf Park. Learn about wolf behavior and watch them interact with the park's other residents, like foxes, coyote and bison. Be sure to take part in a Wolf Howl, offered every Saturday night, May-November.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 65 miles.

South Bend

Cheer, cheer, for old Notre Dame with a trip north to South Bend Mishawaka. As the home to Notre Dame University a tour of the campus with legendary landmarks like the Golden Dome, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and the Notre Dame Football Stadium is a must. The food scene is South Bend has spawned a Foodie Trail with restaurants singled out by Midwest Living. Three historic museums are on one campus with the Studebaker National Museum, The History Museum, and the Oliver Mansion. You'll want to satisfy your sweet tooth at The South Bend Chocolate Company (they a location is in Indy, but they're based in their namesake). Adventurous types can paddle down the East Race Waterway, the first man-made whitewater rafting course in North America that runs through the heart of the city.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 140 miles.

Zionsville/Boone County

Zionsville

Zionsville's brick streets and buildings may have a quaint, yesteryear appeal, but you'll find no shortage of trendy boutique shops and cutting-edge restaurants in the village. Pack a picnic and visit Lincoln Park where Abraham Lincoln stopped to visit in 1861 on his way to Washington, D.C. to be inaugurated. If you plan to eat out, visit The Friendly Tavern for their famous wings and fried pork tenderloin sandwiches.  During the summer months visit the Zionsville Farmers Market from late July to late September and support local Indiana farmers and artists.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 20 miles.

Hoops rule in Indiana and New Castle feeds the madness as home to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Thousands of artifacts tell the story of the Hoosier State's proud tradition from its inception with peach baskets to present day championships.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 48 miles.

Fountain City 

Visit the new interpretive center and the adjoining  Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site . The Interpretive center opened in December 2016 and has already been highlighted by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 12 best new museums to visit.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 70 miles.

Spartanburg

Travel to Spartanburg to visit the  Union Literary Institute . It was established in 1846 to provide higher education to people of color. Notable alumni include Hiram Revels, who was the first black Senator in Congress.

Driving distance from downtown Indy: 85 miles.

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Road Trip to Indianapolis, Indiana

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Posted By: Julie Henning February 21, 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana is one of my favorite urban destinations in all of America. Unlike some major cities that empty out on the weekends, much of what Indianapolis has to offer tourists is quite literally in the heart of downtown.

Within an easy walk from the Indiana Convention Center are Lucas Oil Stadium (football) and Victory Field (baseball). As you might suspect, many downtown hotels support the influx of sports fans any convention goers for any given event or game. In colder or rainy weather, take advantage of the city’s network of above-ground and enclosed pedestrian bridges.

Plan to spend a full two days just exploring the many family-friendly attractions and museums within the downtown corridor (and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, more on that in a bit). Start at White River State Park , a 250 acre state park on the western edge of downtown.

White River State Park

Attractions within the park include the Indiana State Museum (with IMAX Theater), the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens , the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art , the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions , the Medal of Honor Memorial , Victory Field and Military Park .

Indiana Central Canal

Indiana Central Canal

Paved pedestrian trails carry walkers, joggers, and bikers through the park and along the Indiana Central Canal, an eight-mile long canal that runs within downtown Indianapolis, through White River State Park and through the Indiana Government Center. Several notable pieces of permanent public art run through the park and along the canal, read bout the artist and inspiration behind the works on this webpage: Public Art . On a warm and sunny day, you might even want to rent a paddle boat at the bend in the canal near the N West St. Bridge.

NCAA Hall of Champions Museum

NCAA Hall of Champions Museum

Indianapolis Zoo

Highlights of a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo include a Dolphin Pavilion with dolphin shows and the world’s first dolphin underwater viewing zone and an elephant herd roaming through a larger African Plains exhibit. The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center is a state-of-the-art education, research, and conservation center and home to one of the largest groups of orangutans in America.

Walrus Encounter

Walrus Encounter at The Indianapolis Zoo

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a five mile drive north of downtown Indianapolis. The museum spans five floors and nearly half a million square feet and is the largest children’s museum in the world. A family could easily spend an entire day at this museum and not see everything. As you might suspect, the museum has won numerous awards and is constantly on Top 10 lists for children’s museums in America.

Indianapolis Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum of Indianpaolis

Where to Stay

Again, many lodging options are available throughout metro Indianapolis. We stayed at (and enjoyed) the JW Marriott , a stone’s trow from the  numerous attractions within White River State Park, the State Capitol Building , and the iconic Soldier’s and Sailors Monument in the city’s core. At check-in, kid’s choose a prize from the treasure chest hidden behind the reception desk.

JW Marriott

Treasure Chest at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

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8 Fantastic Day Trips From Indianapolis

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I have always enjoyed traveling throughout the state of Indiana, and there are many fantastic day trips from Indianapolis that you should know about. I have found some communities that I find myself wanting to return to, over and over, after being in town less than one hour. You know you have found a fantastic town to explore when you can’t seem to get enough of everything. Each of these towns is within a 3-hour drive of Indianapolis and worth every moment of your windshield time.

I was hosted in some of these destinations as a FAM Trip guest. All opinions are my own.

1. Hendricks County

Hendricks County offers a little bit of everything, including outdoor adventure and the arts. Danville is in Hendricks County and has one of the best town squares in Indiana. The beautiful courthouse sits in the middle of town. Nearby you can dine at the Mayberry Cafe while dining on Aunt Bee’s famous fried chicken served on the Andy Griffith Show. Stock up on your fresh fruits and vegetables from Beasley’s Orchard . Nature Valley Ranch offers a great lodge with horseback riding. Sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee with a view of the lake makes this a winning choice for lodging in Hendricks County.

A unique experience is tie-dying at The Tie Dye Lab . You choose an item to tie-dye with assistance from trained staff. You will walk away with a colorful item of your choice. Glass blowing is popular at Indiana artisan Lisa Pelo’s glass blowing shop . Lisa and her team will help you create a fabulous work of art with your choice of colors. Hendricks County is a short 10-minute drive from Indianapolis, making this an easy destination to visit.

Waterfall in Richmond, Indiana.

2. Richmond

Richmond, Indiana, sits on the Indiana/Ohio State Line. The Chocolate Trail is not to be missed. Indulge in fine chocolates of all types while exploring Richmond. History comes to life at the Wayne County Historical Museum , featuring incredible antique cars and more. The charming downtown area is home to several shops that make Richmond the ideal girlfriend’s getaway. From the downtown to the parks, Richmond has a lot of areas that you can safely stroll and take in some incredible views. Summertime brings flower gardens in full bloom in several of the parks. 

On your return to Indianapolis, stop at the Warm Glow Candle Company at Exit 145. Stock up on the incredible scented candles and products that this candle company has to offer. Plan to spend 30 minutes shopping for treasures at this fun stop. Richmond is an hour’s drive from Indianapolis on I-70.

3. Fort Wayne

From an incredible children’s zoo to boutique shopping, you will find adventure in Fort Wayne, Indiana . It’s not uncommon to find the well-known Vera Bradley products in several boutiques and shops in Fort Wayne. I have several Vera Bradley travel bags and would highly recommend them to anyone that travels a lot. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a top-notch facility for folks of all ages. Don’t let the word Children’s Zoo stop you from visiting.

The attractions at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are at a level that children can easily view the animals. This means that everyone can view the animals and have an enjoyable experience. If family history interests you, a visit to Fort Wayne is in order to dive into your family archives at the genealogy center. The genealogy center is wheelchair accessible and it’s easy to spend hours in this complex if you don’t pay attention to the clock. You can easily fill a full day with the zoo, shopping, and a visit to the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library will complete your day.

South Bend, Indiana.

4. South Bend

South Bend, Indiana, is a college town, and it knows how to shine. Notre Dame University is in South Bend, and a visit to South Bend should include a tour of the campus. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is an incredible experience and worth going to see. Car buffs will love the Studebaker National Museum , as the Studebaker shines in this fantastic museum. The History Museum & Oliver Mansion still sticks out as one of the finest mansions that I have ever set foot in.

The historical museums in South Bend are top-notch, offering kids activities, artifacts, and a mansion to write home about, featuring 38 rooms. Not only was the history of the home showcased, but the history of agriculture was also present in the Oliver Mansion. A full day of exploring in South Bend also needs to include a visit to the South Bend Chocolate Company . South Bend is a 2-hour drive from Indianapolis.

Indiana Dunes National Park.

5. Indiana Dunes

Many people think they need to hop on a plane to experience a fabulous beach. Did you know that Indiana has an incredible beach in the northwest part of the state? Indiana Dunes National Park offers a beach, hiking, biking, and stunning views of Lake Michigan. The prairies and woodlands surrounding the area make it a beach opportunity unlike any other in the country. You can take a stroll on the beach with a pair of binoculars in hand for an incredible birding experience. Memorial Day to Labor Day is the busiest time of year. Spring and fall offer beautiful weather and fewer crowds and make it my favorite time of year to visit. A 2.5-hour drive from Indianapolis makes this an epic adventure for the day.

6. Morgan County

Morgan County sits approximately 45 minutes south of Indianapolis. The outdoor adventures in Morgan County are second to none. The small towns in Morgan County are proud to show visitors what they have to offer. Community pride shines here. Old Town Waverly Park offers historical buildings and a beautiful hiking trail that leads to stunning river views. Old Town Waverly Park is one of several parks in the area that is sure to keep you occupied. A fun surprise in Morgan County is all of the murals that you can find throughout the county. History comes to life in many areas of this town that is a short drive from the metropolis of Indianapolis.

Hamilton County in Indiana.

7. Hamilton County

Hamilton County, Indiana, is a short 30-minute drive from Indianapolis and offers some incredible experiences. The sculpture walk in Carmel is second to none. I always enjoy strolling through the town and looking at each of them. It always seems that each one has a story to tell. A visit to Hamilton County would not be complete without a visit to Conner Prairie. This complex is where you can learn how earlier residents lived in the area in the popular 1836 Prairie Town. On my visit to Conner Prairie, I saw the beautiful balloon that sits on the property. It was closed on the day that I visited, but it was clear that this was a highlight for many visitors.

K-Trails adventures at Strawtown Koteewi Park offers an opportunity for you to enjoy a horseback ride. Guided trail rides and sunset rides are popular trail rides for participants. If it’s been years since you have been on a horse, this is a fantastic trail to hop back on a horse. The trail travels through the wooded areas and offers some incredible views of the wide-open spaces. If you are like me, I appreciate a knowledgeable trail guide and a horse that does not wander off the trail. Horses do have minds of their own, making your trail guide the most important person on the ride. 

Bloomington, Indiana.

8. Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana, is home to Indiana University, making it a city that everyone knows about. University towns are always buzzing and busy with things going on. Bloomington is not any different. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a quiet place to visit, The Wylie House . This historic home is where Indiana University’s first president, Andrew Wylie, lived. On the day that I visited, several students from the university were painting individual wall hangings on the lawn. I quickly saw that this house was a home that was well respected within the town. A highlight of my visit was the Christmas cactus that was blooming in the middle of summer.

Kirkwood Avenue is the most recognizable street in Bloomington. The shops, restaurants, and shopping experiences are endless. You can see street art in several places throughout the town. The Sample Gates, built in 1987, serves as the gateway between Indiana University and the community of Bloomington. These gates are the most photographed place in Bloomington. Nature, incredible dining experiences, historical sites, and unique shopping make Bloomington a fun day trip from Indianapolis.

Each of these places offers something different to do in one day. You can choose to spend one day in these communities, or you may find that you are having so much fun that you need to stay overnight. All types of lodging are offered in each of these destinations, from hotels to motels, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds. There’s something for everyone in each of these locations. Make your day a fun day, and hop in your car and find a fantastic day trip from Indianapolis.

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The top 5 day trips from Indianapolis: enjoy Tibetan culture, bourbon tours and foodie hot spots

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Downtown Indianapolis reflecting on the canal at dusk.

Make the most of your trip to Indianapolis by exploring its surroundings on a day trip © John J. Miller Photography / Getty Images

As the host of the Indy 500 – the world’s largest single-day sporting event –  Indianapolis has made a name for itself as the racing capital of the world. If the engine revving from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway inspires you to go for a drive, the city has connections to all four major interstate highways, earning it the nickname “ the Crossroads of America.” 

If you find yourself in the city for a sports game or a trip to the world’s largest children’s museum , don’t rush back home when you’re done. You’ll find plenty to do within a two-hour drive, whether you enjoy basking in nature or slowly sipping sour ales. 

Here are five of the best day trips from Indianapolis.

Dalai Lama teaching in Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington, Indiana 

Why go: experience tibetan culture.

The small college town of Bloomington has a surprising infusion of Tibetan culture, thanks to the Dalai Lama’s late brother who was a professor at Indianapolis University. While you’re in the city, you can learn about Tibetan heritage and visit one of only two Tibetan chortens in the country at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center . You can even try traditional Tibetan food at Anyetsang’s . 

For a city with less than 100,000 people, Bloomington offers more than 350 places to eat. Stop by farm-to-fork restaurant Small Favors Bar to get a literal taste of Bloomington or The Elm for American fine dining with a twist of Mediterranean and North African flavors.

After you’ve filled up, head out into nature. Just outside of Bloomington is Monroe Lake , where you can take a dip, go fishing or rent a pair of jet skis to cool off in the summer. 

How to get to Bloomington 

It’s a 51-mile journey to Bloomington from Indianapolis, and it’ll take about one hour and 15 minutes on Interstate 69. The most convenient way to get to Bloomington is by car, but if you’re at the Indianapolis International Airport, you can take the GO Express Shuttle . 

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Why go: take advantage of the downtown food scene.

While it’s not as large as Indianapolis, Fort Wayne is perfect for the foodie family, with restaurants boasting creative concepts and various cuisines clustered in close proximity to one another. Mercado On The Landing will temporarily transport you to the West Coast with its Cali-Mexican options, while Haru Sushi & Izakaya Japanese Restaurant has some of the freshest sushi in town. Fortezza Coffee can pull a few shots to give you a caffeine boost (don’t miss the Creme Brûlée french toast). Getting that "it's 5 o’clock somewhere" vibe? Visit Copper Spoon , and pick one of its 100 cocktails, ranging from Adonis to Zombie. 

After all the food samplings, take in Fort Wayne on foot along the Public Art Trail . Downtown is easy to stroll through, and the interactive Science Central provides a captivating portal of learning for children. Just a few steps away is the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory , where seasonal exhibits might make you forget that you’re in the middle of a bustling downtown. If you’re a fan of the bold-printed Vera Bradley brand, the newly built Bradley Hotel offers exclusive prints you can purchase only at the property. 

How to get to Fort Wayne 

It’s a straight shot on Interstate 69 to get to Fort Wayne from Indianapolis by car, and the route is about 125 miles. Barons Bus departs once a day from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne, dropping passengers off by the Botanical Conservatory. The bus time is comparable to driving by car, and it costs approximately $20 per ticket.

Visitors crowd the Rhinegeist Brewery.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Why go: tramp through the underground brewery tunnels .

In Cincinnati , you can take a trip through underground brewery tunnels from more than 100 years ago to see what one of the leading lager-brewing cities in the US was like before prohibition.

Cincinnati’s emphasis on innovation while integrating its rich history has lent itself to all kinds of thriving small businesses. Wonder what one of those tunnels would be like infused with life? Four stories under street level, Ghost Baby is an underground bar built out of a brewery tunnel with live music, small bites and immaculate design. Creative collisions like this happen often in Cincinnati, making it a perfect romantic day trip for couples that could easily extend into a weekend. For fine dining, the French and Italian restaurant Metropole is another example, sharing space with an art museum. 

You can keep things more casual at Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market, Findlay Market , which has dozens of vendors and foodie treats, from arepas to falafel wraps. Donut lovers will want to grab a Donut Passport to follow along the Butler County Donut Trail , but you’ll definitely need a car.

How to get to Cincinnati

The drive to Cincinnati takes about two hours from Indianapolis on Interstate 74. Barons Bus operates out of Indianapolis twice daily, as does Greyhound , but the bus takes about an hour longer than driving. Amtrak has a three-hour train on the Cardinal line to get you to Cincinnati. But plan ahead – there are only three departures a week.

New Harmony, Indiana

Why go: take an architectural tour through a utopian society.

Originally the site of two different attempts at a utopian community, New Harmony has evolved since 1819 to become a hub for artisans who craft textiles, soaps and woodwork. The community also boasts sculpted art and world-renowned architecture. New Harmony’s visitor center, the stunning Atheneum , was designed by modernist architect Richard Meier.

Meander through the New Harmony Harmonist Labyrinth and feel the world slow down with nothing but the puzzle ahead of you. Don’t worry about getting a little lost between the privet hedges – you’ll eventually find your way out.

Architectural enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Roofless Church , an open-air concept meant to encourage a space for all mankind to worship under one roof: the sky. While some find the quiet garden courtyard spooky, others find it serene. The church was designed by Phillip Johnson, known for his modern architecture in New York. The minimalist design of the parachute-like altar makes the church a contrasting site in a town with more than a dozen buildings from the 19th century. 

When you’re ready to shake off the silence, grab a bite and a break at Black Lodge Coffee Roasters , a small batch roastery and coffee shop that serves creative latte flavors like sorghum, sage and bourbon barrel stout. The coffee shop also gives a glimpse into the New Harmony art scene through its monthly artist displays. For more art, the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art presents an impressive collection of fine art from international and local artists. 

How to get to New Harmony 

The journey to this odd little town is longer than the average day trip from Indianapolis. But the drive to New Harmony is well worth it, at just more than three hours, or 180 miles, from Indianapolis. You can get there by taking I-69. Buses and trains don’t operate between Indianapolis and New Harmony, so driving is the only option. 

Close-up of bourbon in glasses in a row on bar

Louisville, Kentucky

Why go: follow the bourbon trail .

What’s a visit to Bourbon City without a bourbon tour ? The Urban Bourbon Trail has a program that provides discounts for different bourbon restaurants and bars around town. Even if you’re not drinking, Louisville is known for its vibrant city culture and culinary landscape, setting itself up to be one of the best Indiana day trips for museums and food. 

The Muhammad Ali Center is an iconic, award-winning museum celebrating the Louisville local’s life. The interactive, three-story museum takes a deep dive into the story of the greatest boxer of all time while engaging visitors in civil rights issues of the 1960s and '70s. If you enjoy museums in general, the Louisville Legends Ticket will give you access to the Muhammad Ali Center as well as three other top Louisville museums:  the Kentucky Derby Museum , the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and the Frazier History Museum , which just so happens to be the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail .

While Louisville is known for its bourbon and sports legends, the city is also the birthplace of the Modjeska candy, a marshmallow caramel sweet. Muth’s is the sweet tooth’s paradise and the perfect place to try it.

When evening comes around, the rooftop bar at Copper and King presents a stunning view of the Louisville skyline and sunset.

How to get to Louisville from Indianapolis

To get to Louisville from Indianapolis, drive 112 miles along I-65. The trip takes a little under two hours. Alternatively, you can take Greyhound to Louisville. Multiple buses make the trip every day between the two cities. Depending on the departure time you choose, Greyhound takes from two to three-and-a-half hours.

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The Best Road Trips from Indianapolis

Last Updated on October 2, 2023 by Kristin

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Indiana’s capital of Indianapolis, affectionately nicknamed as “Indy” by locals, is a sprawling city full of museums, a world-renowned zoo, fabulous restaurants and excellent hotels . While attractions like the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum keep the city’s visitors entertained for days, Indianapolis is also a great launching pad for a getaway. Here are the best road trips from Indianapolis.

Fabulous Road Trips from Indianapolis

Cincinnati, ohio.

112 miles / 1 hr. 50 mins.

At just under two hours from Indianapolis, cosmopolitan Cincinnati makes for a quick but rewarding getaway. As Ohio’s third-largest city, Cincinnati is full of attractions, ranging from museums to scenic parks. Art lovers should browse the Cincinnati Art Museum’s extensive collection, and then stop by the nearby Krohn Conservatory botanical garden. For lunch, stop by the historic Findlay Market to find more than 50 stalls selling everything from specialty meats and cheeses to a variety of foods including Vietnamese, Cuban and a variety of cafes.

Indiana Dunes State Park

164 miles / 2 hr. 33 mins.

For a unique beach experience, head north to the 2,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Park on the shores of Lake Michigan. Visitors flock to this park to appreciate its stately sand dunes lining the beach. Its surrounding forests, prairies and wetlands are also great for hiking, fishing and birding. The area is also home to Indiana Dunes National Park, a 15,000-acre area including dunes, trails, biking trails and beaches. Visiting during the colder months? When there’s snow, the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland perfect for snowshoeing, hiking and cross-country skiing.

Chicago, Illinois

183 miles / 2 hr. 57 mins.

At just under three hours northwest of Indianapolis, Chicago makes for the perfect weekend city break. This sprawling metropolis on Lake Michigan is home to diverse neighborhoods featuring some of the world’s best museums, culinary experiences and impressive skyscrapers. Browse the Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum. Then break for lunch at Gino’s or Lou Malnati’s for the city’s signature deep-dish pizza . When the weather is nice, admire the architecture with a boat tour on the Chicago River and stop by Millennium Park to snap an ethereal selfie in the reflection of the infamous Cloud Gate “bean” sculpture. Finish the day with a sunset view from Willis Tower’s 103rd-floor Skydeck. >> Recommended hotels in Chicago

St. Louis, Missouri

242 miles / 3 hr. 43 mins.

Just under four hours from Indianapolis lies St. Louis, a bustling city on the Mississippi River known for its signature style of barbecue ribs, sports teams, museums and monuments. Start a trip here with a visit to the iconic Gateway Arch National Park, home to the silver 630-ft. Gateway Arch that represents the city’s role in the country’s westward expansion. Swing over to the National Blues Museum and enjoy the artsy architectural playground at the City Museum. Don’t forget a visit to Forest Park, an urban green area larger than New York City’s Central Park that houses the Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum and zoo. >> Recommended hotels in St. Louis

Nashville, Tennessee

288 miles / 4 hr. 20 mins.

Looking for a longer road trip? The road down I-65 to Nashville will be music to your ears. The country capital of the world is just a bit more than four hours from Indianapolis, and features an exciting pit stop in Louisville, Kentucky to boot. Nashville, better known as Music City, lives up to its nickname with a seemingly endless number of places to enjoy all types of live music. Spend the day touring the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and Johnny Cash Museum, and grab tickets to a show at the Grand Ole Opry. For late-night fun, pop into one of the many honky tonk bars lining neon-lit Lower Broadway or check out one of the city’s many “listening rooms” to hear new music in an intimate setting. Be sure to leave some time to stop in Louisville for lunch, and maybe even squeeze in time to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory or Churchill Downs. >> Recommended hotels in Nashville

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These 12 Road Trips In Indiana Will Lead You To Places You'll Never Forget

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Trisha Faulkner

Trisha Faulkner is a stay-at-home and work-at-home Hoosier momma. She is a huge advocate of Autism awareness, and loves her beautiful boy more than life itself. She is a native Indiana writer who types her best pieces for Only In Your State between 2-4AM when her toddler finally falls over asleep.

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Have you ever felt the urge to toss your family in the car and go on a road trip? It happens to all of us! The big question is, where are you going to go on this road trip? Indiana is full of wonderful places to explore and visit; we have everything from world-renowned museums and attractions to epic sand dunes and incredible beaches . Today we’re sharing 12 memorable road trips in Indiana sure to deepen your love for our great state. Let’s go on a road trip!

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We hope the above memorable road trips in Indiana inspire you to get out and explore The Hoosier State. It really is such a special place to live, full of wonder at every turn!

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What are some of the most unique road trips in Indiana?

Indiana has so many wonderful road trips, many of which offer explorers the opportunity to see some of the state's most glorious attractions and wonders. In terms of unique , the above list of memorable road trips in Indiana is a great place to start, but we know you're asking for even more, so get ready! These 10 unforgettable road trips in Indiana  are incredibly diverse, and truly unique to The Hoosier State. Looking to explore Indiana's haunted hollows? Try this creepy road trip . Want to visit the most charming towns in Indiana? You'll love this small town road trip ! And if you're a waterfall chaser, we have waterfall road trips for both the northern and southern regions of the state, but you'll really want to check out both of these epic adventures!

Does Indiana have any natural wonders?

Absolutely we do! For starters, Indiana has waterfalls galore -- see the above question for information on our waterfall road trips! Of course, the Indiana Sand Dunes is another Hoosier State wonder; if you've never been to the Indiana Dunes before, you have to check out this spectacular beach that you wouldn't think could possibly exist in landlocked Indiana. In fact, the Dunes Nature Preserve is arguably the prettiest part of the state park and is only accessible by foot. You have to check it out ! For more natural wonders in Indiana, be sure to check out this wonderful (see what we did there?) road trip !

What are some road trips I can take in Indiana on just one tank of gas?

A road trip doesn't have to be a multi-day event; there are actually some really awesome adventures that can easily be done on a single tank of gas ! Some of our favorite quick road trips in Indiana include Lake Monroe in Bloomington, McCormick's Creek State Park in Spencer, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

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30 Best Weekend Getaways From Indianapolis — Quick Trips!

Madison White

If you’re in Indianapolis, or “Indy,” as the locals call it, you’ve already found yourself in a pretty cool vacation spot. 

But guess what? 

There’s even more to explore beyond the city limits.

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing some amazing weekend getaways from Indianapolis, and I’m here to spill the beans.

Whether you’re into history and crave a dose of historic landmarks, or you’re on the hunt for some thrilling family adventures, I’ve got you covered. 

From charming cities to hidden gems in the surrounding areas, these destinations are guaranteed to make your weekend getaway a memorable one.

So, buckle up and get ready for a virtual tour of the best weekend getaways from Indianapolis. 

You won’t want to miss this.

Best Weekend Getaways From Indianapolis Compared

Discover our handpicked gems, from charming historical towns to breathtaking outdoor adventures. 

Unforgettable family experiences await just a short drive away.

Editor’s Choice

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The Hoxton, Chicago

This vibrant boutique hotel seamlessly blends modern style with historic charm, providing an unforgettable experience.

  • Room Variety: 4/5
  • Comfort and Cleanliness: 4/5
  • Location: 5/5
  • Affordability: 3/5
  • Family-Friendliness: 3/5

#2nd Best Choice

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Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana

Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana, just an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, presents an excellent weekend getaway option.

  • Room Variety: 3/5
  • Location: 4/5
  • Affordability: 4/5
  • Family-Friendliness: 4/5

#3rd Best Choice

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Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection is an architectural masterpiece that combines history, luxury, and unparalleled charm.

  • Comfort and Cleanliness: 5/5
  • Affordability: 2/5

Here are top 30 weekend getaways from Indianapolis.

1. The Hoxton, Chicago  (Editor’s Choice)

The Hoxton, Chicago

200 N Green St Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 761-1700 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Ratings Criteria

  •  Vibrant urban atmosphere: You’ll be surrounded by bustling streets, trendy restaurants, and a variety of entertainment options.
  • Stylish accommodations: The rooms are designed with a chic aesthetic, creating a comfortable and visually appealing environment for guests.
  •  Potential noise levels: If you’re sensitive to noise or prefer a more peaceful setting, this could be a downside.
  • Limited Parking Options: The hotel might have limited parking options or charge additional fees for parking, which can be inconvenient for guests traveling by car.

Located just a three-hour drive from Indianapolis, The Hoxton, Chicago offers an ideal weekend escape. 

This vibrant boutique hotel seamlessly blends modern style with historic charm, providing an unforgettable experience. 

With its prime location in the heart of Chicago’s bustling Fulton Market District, guests can easily explore the city’s renowned attractions, from Millennium Park to the Magnificent Mile. 

It also boasts a range of amenities, including stylish rooms, a rooftop pool, and a lively bar and restaurant scene. 

2. Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana

Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana

217 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404 (812) 339-5950 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Convenient location: This central location provides easy access to local attractions, restaurants, and shopping areas, making it an ideal choice for those looking to explore the city.
  • Spacious and comfortable rooms: The rooms are equipped with modern amenities and designed to cater to the needs of both business and leisure travelers.
  • Limited nightlife options: If you’re seeking vibrant nightlife or a wide range of entertainment options, you may find the options in Bloomington to be relatively limited.
  • Potential crowds during University Events: Given its proximity to Indiana University, the hotel may experience higher occupancy rates and larger crowds during university events such as football games or graduation weekends. 

Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana, just an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, presents an excellent weekend getaway option. 

This contemporary hotel serves as a vibrant and convenient hub for exploration. 

Its proximity to Indiana University ensures access to a plethora of cultural and entertainment attractions, like art galleries, theaters, and live music venues. 

Nature enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the picturesque beauty of nearby parks and trails. 

Lastly, it offers comfortable accommodations, a 24/7 gym, and a refreshing indoor pool. 

3. Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

50 W Broad St Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 224-9500 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Historic and unique atmosphere: The hotel’s interior reflects the building’s heritage, offering an immersive experience for history enthusiasts and those who appreciate architectural beauty.
  • Central downtown location: You’ll be within walking distance or a short drive from many of the city’s highlights.
  • Potentially higher price range: If you have a strict budget or prefer more affordable options, the pricing of this hotel might be a drawback.
  • Limited on-site amenities: There might be a smaller fitness center or fewer dining options within the hotel itself. 

Its distinctive art deco design, inspired by the iconic LeVeque Tower, sets the stage for an unforgettable experience. 

They have lavish accommodations adorned with stylish furnishings and modern amenities.

Explore the vibrant Columbus art scene, with renowned galleries, theaters, and music venues just steps away.

Unwind at The Keep Liquor Bar, a speakeasy-style lounge, or savor delectable cuisine at The Keep Restaurant. 

With its seamless blend of elegance, convenience, and cultural allure, Hotel LeVeque is the perfect choice for a weekend retreat.

4. Cataract Falls

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2605 N. Cataract Road Spencer, IN 47460 (765) 276-0194 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Cataract Falls, the biggest waterfall in the state, is located in the Lieber State Recreation Area on Mill Creek.

This scenic trip will take you just under an hour to drive from Indianapolis.

There are two gorgeous waterfalls to explore, one of which is over 45 feet high.

A short path connects the two waterfalls.

And if you’re up for a longer climb, you may continue from the lower falls to Cagle Mill Lake.

Every day from dawn to sunset, the public is welcome to enjoy the park and its upper and lower falls, equipped with picnic pavilions and pit toilets.

Recommended Hotel: Motel 6-Cloverdale, IN – Greencastle

5. Columbus

Columbus

Columbus, OH (614) 221-6623 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Columbus, Ohio , is one of the smallest U.S. cities, yet it has one of the country’s most spectacular collections of contemporary architecture.

It’s 2 and a half hours away from Indianapolis and is worth the trip.

Tour the downtown area to see more than 70 buildings designed by the most famous architects in the world.

Visit gardens, museums, boutique shops, an amusement park, and a large stadium to make the most of your trip.

If you’re looking for getaways in Indianapolis for the family, this is the route to take.

Recommended Hotel: Hilton Columbus Downtown

Related: Day Trips Around Columbus

6. Whitewater Valley Railroad

Whitewater Valley Railroad

455 Market St Connersville, IN 47331 (765) 825-2054 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The Whitewater Valley Train is a vintage railroad that departs from Connersville and takes passengers through the beautiful central Indiana countryside.

Drive 1 hour and 13 minutes east of Indianapolis to catch this train ride.

Regular trips take guests to Metamora, a historic canal town where they have two hours to tour the town’s shops, restaurants, and historic sights.

Other trips, such as a Friday night train to the Laurel Hotel for supper, and seasonal rides, are also available.

Recommended Hotel: Liberty Motel

Related: Hotels in Indianapolis

7. Crawfordsville

Crawfordsville

Crawfordsville, IN (765) 364-5160 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Crawfordsville is a city in Montgomery County known to be where the first basketball games were held.

This city is just under an hour away from Indianapolis and is a fantastic getaway to experience.

It’s a great destination to visit anyhow, but history buffs will appreciate it even more because of the abundance of historical sites.

The beautiful Antebellum Lane Place Home is open for tours and festivals from April through December.

The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County and the 1882 Rotary Jail Museum both hold fascinating historical exhibitions.

Downtown also has several restaurants, retail establishments, and a farmer’s market on Saturday mornings during the summer.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Crawfordsville, an IHG Hotel

8. Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN (260) 424-3700 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Fort Wayne, the state’s second-largest city, is well-known for its exceptional tourist destinations and warm Hoosier friendliness.

This city can be reached by driving just a little over 2 hours north of Indianapolis.

Aside from the city’s three rivers and historic districts, the bustling downtown area is home to several superb restaurants and shops.

The Fox Island County Park and the Lindenwood Nature Preserve are also close if you want to spend even more time in nature.

Take the kids to Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for a blast with the animals.

Or visit the stunning Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory for a peek into nature’s creativity.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, which has a significant collection of American art, is also one of the most popular destinations in the city.

Recommended Hotel: The Bradley

9. Marengo Cave

Marengo Cave

400 East State Rd 64 Marengo, IN 47140 (812) 365-2705 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Marengo Cave is a privately-owned cave in Indiana that has been giving tours since 1883.

If you’re looking for cheap vacations from Indianapolis, drive 2 hours to this cave.

Two separate walking tours are available to guests, one of which takes them through the Crystal Palace’s impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

The other tour takes you deep into the cave’s pitch-black interior with a bit of surprise.

If you’re looking for more excitement, you may even go on a cave crawl that takes you through narrow tunnels and openings.

There is also a gemstone mining station and a twisting labyrinth that feels like exploring a cave, both of which are aimed towards younger children.

If you’re looking for Indianapolis area weekend getaways, this cave is an exciting trip you’ll want to take.

Recommended Hotel: Clarion Pointe by Choice Hotels Corydon

Related: Weekend Getaways in Indiana

10. Marshall County

Marshall County

Plymouth, IN 46563 (800) 626-5353 Visit Website Open in Google Maps

Marshall County was organized in 1836 and is named after the US Chief Justice John Marshall.

It’s about 2 hours away and is one of the best last minute weekend getaways from Indianapolis.

If you’re looking for a taste of the quiet country life, go no farther than Marshall County, tucked away in the rolling hills of northern Indiana.

Indulge in the laid-back vibe by bringing a fishing rod and spending some time at one of the area’s lakes.

Enjoy eating breakfast at a roadside cafe, then drive down the rural roads to see the many colorful barn quilts that local artists have lovingly created.

A four-day blueberry festival is held each summer, so try to visit during that time to experience the fun.

Recommended Hotel: Super 8 by Wyndham Plymouth

11. Mishawaka

Mishawaka

Mishawaka, IN (574) 258-1601 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Mishawaka is located on the St. Joseph River, nicknamed “the Princess City.”

This gorgeous city is just 2 hours and 31 minutes away from Indianapolis.

Beutter Park, in the heart of downtown, contains a river racing and a lovely perennial garden you can take a stroll in.

The city’s business section is home to one of the largest shopping areas in the whole Midwest, so do some shopping while you’re here.

If you’re down for a bit of thrill, go whitewater rafting down the East Race Waterway.

Then visit Notre Dame’s football facilities and the Studebaker Museum if you’re prepared to go a little farther away.

Recommended Hotel: Home2 Suites By Hilton Mishawaka South Bend

12. Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort

Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort

5224 E. Indiana Beach Rd Monticello, IN 47960 (574) 583-4141 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort is an entertainment park that has welcomed visitors since 1926.

It is located on the coast of Lake Shafer, which is about 1 hour and 41 minutes away from Indy.

There are six roller coasters, an 80-foot drop ride, and an exhilarating Skycoaster that replicates the feeling of skydiving.

If you’re not in the mood to stay dry, the waterpark has six slides and a lazy river you might love.

After all that fun, you’re sure to get hungry, and luckily there are several dining options here.

There is also a rooftop bar with a great beachfront view and a full bar.

Recommended Hotel: Alexander’s Landing

muncie

Muncie, IN (765) 284-2700 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Until 1845, Muncie was known as Muncietown, and now it is a historic town around 50 miles from Indianapolis.

The drive will take you just over an hour, and it is one of the best places near Indianapolis for vacation.

It’s a charming tiny town with a few museums and cultural attractions, despite its long history of serving as an agricultural and industrial center.

Visit the National Model Aviation Museum to see the birds of steel in real life.

Then wander the themed gardens and historic home at the Minnetrista cultural center.

Or ride your bike (or stroll) along the paved Cardinal Greenway, which extends 62 miles to Marion.

Recommended Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Muncie at Horizon Convention Center

14. New Harmony

New Harmony

New Harmony, IN Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

In 1814, a group of German Christian separatists calling themselves the Harmonists founded the little town of New Harmony, Indiana.

New Harmony is just 3 hours away from Indianapolis, but it feels like you traveled back in time.

Indulge in an intriguing stroll through the Harmonist Labyrinth, with its different paths in a maze of several dead ends.

Only one path leads to the center, so it’s quite an exciting task.

Stop by Moon River Spa and New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art to continue your Zen trip.

Small restaurants like the Yellow Tavern and Mary Scott’s Kitchen are great places to sample regional specialties.

If you’re looking for Indianapolis vacations that charm the socks off you, check out this place.

Recommended Hotel: New Harmony Inn Resort and Conference Center

15. Parke County

Parke County

Parke County, IN (765) 569-5226 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Parke County is the unofficial “Covered Bridge Capital of the World” due to the presence of 31 such structures in the county.

This charming destination is about 1 hour and 22 minutes away from Indianapolis.

You’ll take a journey back in time and still see horse-drawn buggies and antique shops on the roads.

Turkey Run State Park, where hikers and kayakers may explore sandstone canyons and rivers, is an awesome visit.

We recommend you plan your trip to coincide with the Covered Bridge Festival in October.

You’ll see the most beautiful area as the leaves turn from green to red, orange, and yellow.

Recommended Hotel: Turkey Run Inn & Cabins

16. Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake

3084 N. Dillard Rd Birdseye, IN 47513 (812) 338-5589 Visit Website Open in Google Maps

Patoka Lake is the second-largest reservoir in Indiana, behind Lake Monroe, with a surface area of over 14 square miles.

Take a trip of 2 hours and 30 minutes south of Indianapolis, and you’ll reach Patoka Lake in an instant.

This park provides an abundance of options for swimming and boating, and it is consistently stocked with game fish for those who like fishing.

In addition to the six miles of paved bike paths that weave through the park, there is a disc golf course and a marina that guests are welcome to enjoy.

The large lake has plenty of space for your favorite outdoor activities like picnicking or flying a kite.

If you’re looking for Indianapolis area weekend getaways, this park has your name on it.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Suites French Lick

17. Pine Lake Waterpark

Pine Lake Waterpark

4640 IN-218 Berne, IN 46711 (260) 334-5649 Visit Website Open in Google Maps

Pine Lake Waterpark in Berne is an excellent option for families wishing to cool down throughout the summer.

It’s a mere drive of just under 2 hours from Indianapolis, so it’s perfect for a cool overnight trip.

This exciting waterpark is complete with six slides, a zipline, and other exciting water-based sports and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

There’s also a snack bar, a beach volleyball court, a splash park for kids, and a series of diving boards of increasing heights.

Recommended Hotel: Express Inn & suites

18. Pokagon State Park

pokagon state park

450 Ln 100 Lake James Angola, IN 46703 (260) 833-2012 Visit Website Open in Google Maps

Pokagon State Park, formerly known as Lake James State Park, spans 1,260 acres and is home to two lovely lakes.

You can easily reach this park in 2 hours and 35 minutes from Indy.

Take a boat out on the lake, go for a swim, or go for a hike in the woods.

Then relax in your accommodation at the Potawatomi Inn after a long day.

Fishing boats, kayaks, and pedal boats may be rented on-site, and fishing is allowed from the pier.

If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, Indianapolis has plenty to offer nearby, just like this park.

Recommended Hotel: Quality Inn Fremont

19. Nashville, Indiana

nashville indiana

Nashville, IN Visit Website Open in Google Maps

Nashville is a small town in southern Indiana best known as the center of the Brown County Art Colony, founded in 1907.

If you’re looking for a quick weekend trip without spending too much time in the car, Nashville, Indiana, is only about an hour south of Indianapolis.

Visit one of the numerous local art galleries or boutiques to see the works of creative locals.

If you’re an art lover, there are a few places you could check out to be entertained.

Brown County is home to the Brown County Art Gallery and the Brown County Playhouse, which are well worth a visit.

Then spend some time in nature at Brown County State Park over the weekend.

Recommended Hotel: Brown County Inn

20. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL (312) 744-5000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Chicago is one of the nation’s largest cities and is famed for its bold architecture, cuisine, and jazz music.

Chicago is under 3 hours away, so it’s perfect for long weekend trips from Indianapolis.

For a weekend trip that won’t break the bank, head to Chicago to see a festival, concert, parade, or the city’s top sights and attractions.

During your stay, check out a live comedy show at Second City.

Or see some of the city’s numerous museums, like the Field Museum or the Museum of Science and Industry.

Then get some exercise on the Lakeshore Path or stroll through the iconic Millennium Park to see the giant reflective bean.

Recommended Hotel: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Related: Fun Day Trips From Chicago

21. Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso, IN (219) 462-1161 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

It is well known that Valparaiso is home to Valparaiso University, which is renowned for its gorgeous chapel.

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway destination, go no further than Valparaiso, which is just 2.5 hours away by vehicle from Indianapolis.

This town is perfect for fun Indianapolis weekend getaways, especially for foodies.

There are many fantastic restaurants and many more breweries and wineries to sample.

Kick off your trip at the South Shore Brewery Trail to explore the town while enjoying fantastic local drinks.

Or hike a local summit to see the sunset over the Indiana Dunes.

Recommended Hotel: Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Valparaiso, IN

22. Oldenburg, Indiana

Oldenburg, Indiana

Oldenburg, IN Visit Website Open in Google Maps

Oldenburg is a town in Franklin County that was founded in 1837 by German settlers.

This charming town is just over an hour away, so it’s perfect for memorable short trips from Indianapolis.

Oldenburg is to Indiana as Helen is to Georgia, and Leavenworth is to Washington.

These towns are bursting with strong German influence, which means it’s picturesque, historic, and worth the visit.

Oldenburg is brimming with authentic German cuisine and brews, and you can find many cozy restaurants and breweries.

Shop for antiques and learn about this town’s rich history in the downtown area.

In the summer, when the Oldenburg Freudenfest celebration is in full swing, many people from Indianapolis make the trip to Oldenburg.

Recommended Hotel: Best Western Batesville

23. Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes

1215 N State Rd 49 Porter, IN 46304 (219) 395-1882 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Indiana Dunes is a 15,000-acre park that was established in 2019.

These dunes are only about 2 and a half hours away from Indy, and it’s one of the best places to go for a weekend trip near you.

To have some fun and explore the area, rent a sandboard from one of the shops in the area and have a trip down the dunes.

You can also head down to the beach for a swim, although it can get quite cold during winter.

Between April and November, visitors to Indiana Dunes National Park may stay at one of the 66 campsites at the Dunewood Campground.

Sing around a bonfire, lie down to look at the stars, or hike during the day to explore nature.

Recommended Hotel: Spring House Inn

24. French Lick, Indiana

French Lick, Indiana

French Lick, IN (888) 936-9360 Open in Google Maps

French Lick is a town in southern Indiana known for its historic mineral springs.

You can get to the French Lick from Indy in just over two hours.

Even though it has an amusing name, this weekend destination is a top choice for Indianapolis locals looking for romance and excitement.

Vacationing families with kids will love the Big Splash Adventure indoor water park, while couples appreciate the hotel’s historic and opulent suites.

You can also spend hours soaking in the town’s famous mineral spring waters.

Check out the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, an excellent option for a weekend trip if you’re a wine lover.

For those interested in seeing the surrounding Hoosier National Forest, French Lick is also an excellent base of operations.

This is one of the best romantic getaways from Indianapolis, and many locals swear by it.

25. Bristol, Indiana

Bristol, Indiana

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Since it was first laid out in the year 1835, Bristol has been one of the oldest communities in Elkhart County.

Bristol is a scant 3 hours away from Indianapolis, and there’s nothing better for a weekend getaway.

Visit the RV Museum to see old RV campers and exciting exhibits like Henry Ford’s 1913 Earl Travel Trailer.

Take a trip down the Little Elkhart River in a canoe or kayak rented from Lazy Dayz Canoe and Kayak and relax after a long week.

Bring a picnic lunch and intend to enjoy it with the family on a tranquil sandbar.

Then, after dinner, go to Bonneyville Mill County Park to walk the trails and see the historic mill.

There’s also a souvenir store in the flour mill, so stop by for gifts.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Elkhart North, an IHG Hotel

26. Wadsworth, Illinois

Wadsworth, Illinois

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Wadsworth is a village in Lake County named after E.S. Wadsworth, a major stockholder for the railroad that passes through the village.

A 4-hour trip to Wadsworth from Indianapolis is well worth it, especially if it means seeing a pyramid covered in genuine 24-karat gold.

In addition, there is a 50-foot figure of King Tut and a metal palm tree right next to this pyramid.

If you’re looking for some kid-friendly fun, Patch 22 is the place to go, where children will have a blast in an animal petting zoo and on a hayride.

There’s also a wide variety of cuisine and drinks available at the Shanty Restaurant, such as seafood, steaks, and burgers.

The Savanna House Restaurant is a classic American eatery in the Van Patten Woods woodland preserve.

Recommended Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham Gurnee

27. Belknap, Illinois

Belknap, Illinois

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Belknap is a small village in Johnson County with plenty of scenic spots for the family.

Belknap is 4 hours away from Indianapolis and is worth every second of the trip.

Once you arrive, stow your bags at Mermet Springs, which is a great place to unwind after the trip.

It’s also a diving site where you’ll explore an underwater motorcycle, a full semi-trailer, an ambulance, and a Boeing 727.

Visit downtown for entertainment options like a live show or a movie.

Or head to Cache River Basin Vineyard & Winery, which offers an exquisite dining experience on its balcony.

Relax and enjoy your meal with a glass of wine or a beer from the extensive list.

Recommended Hotel: Harrah’s Metropolis Hotel & Casino

28. Bonne Terre, Missouri

Bonne Terre, Missouri

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Bonne Terre is a 19-century lead mine that was flooded in 1962 and is now the world’s largest freshwater diving spot.

This fascinating destination is only 4 hours and a half from Indy, so it’s great for a short trip.

There are over 17 miles of subterranean rooms here, so you’ll never get bored exploring.

Tourists may swim through arches and chambers to find buried mining equipment worth millions of dollars.

Tours of this man-made cavern may be taken on foot or by boat, so visitors can see all the sights up close.

When you finally emerge from the tunnels, you may reach for the stars at the Space Museum, where you can view and touch real space rocks.

Recommended Hotel: Crown Pointe Lodge; BW Signature Collection

29. Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

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Point Pleasant is a city and the county seat of Mason County, famous for its paranormal occurrences in 1966.

In just under 5 hours of travel, you can have one of the most awesome inexpensive weekend getaways near Indianapolis.

Visit the only Mothman Museum in the world on Main Street to see movie memorabilia from “The Mothman Prophecies.”

Then take your time perusing the two floors of the town’s general store, where you can get everything from antique stoves to jelly.

The Mason Jar is great for browsing antiques and treasures from various periods.

And the surrounding stores, restaurants, and cafés should be able to supply your needs.

Historic buildings are also fascinating, including a log cabin, schoolhouse, doctor’s office, and log church.

These may be seen at the West Virginia Farm Museum, located just on the outskirts of town.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Gallipolis

30. Delton, Michigan

Delton, Michigan

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Delton is a charming little town in Michigan known for over 10 different lakes.

Escape the hustle and bustle of Indianapolis and drive 4 hours to Delton.

This charming town holds a plethora of warm and cozy restaurants, exciting museums, and attractions.

Enjoy a day at the Crooked Lake beach or an afternoon fishing on Long Lake.

Mullenhurst Golf Course is one of the most well-known courses in southwestern Michigan, so why not try it yourself?

Bring the kids to Rarity Acres, where the proprietor crosses zebras with horses and donkeys to create zorses and zonkeys.

The Gilmore Car Museum, located less than 10 minutes to the south, is home to more than 400 classic and historic vehicles you’ll love.

Treat the family to a taste of yesteryear at George and Sally’s Blue Moon Diner, a railroad dining car built in 1941.

This is known to be one of the best weekend getaways from Indianapolis, and for a good reason.

Recommended Hotel: Bay Pointe Inn

Getaway Guide 

Comparing destinations: which one is right for you.

Weekend getaways from Indianapolis are always a treat for my family, and we’ve discovered some hidden gems along the way. 

One of our favorite finds was The Hoxton in Chicago. 

From the moment we walked into the stylish lobby, we knew we were in for a special stay. 

The rooms were modern and cozy, with breathtaking city views. 

We spent our days exploring Millennium Park and indulging in deep-dish pizza. 

Next, we ventured to the Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana, where we enjoyed the serenity of nature at Brown County State Park. 

Finally, we stayed at Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection, and marveled at its art deco charm while exploring the vibrant Columbus neighborhood. 

Each weekend was a unique adventure, leaving us with cherished memories to last a lifetime.

How I Picked The Destinations 

As a travel expert, I meticulously selected the resorts featured in this guide.

Thorough research led me to exceptional destinations with top-rated amenities, customer reviews, and unique features. 

I also sought recommendations from travelers and locals, ensuring a well-rounded perspective. 

Personally visiting each resort, I assessed accommodations, dining, activities, and service quality. 

This thorough process guarantees transparent and unbiased reviews, helping you make informed decisions for an unforgettable vacation experience.

Our Property Rating Method 

I rate these properties based on the following criteria:

  • Room Variety: I use this to rate the room options offered by every property. What room types are available? Can it accommodate different budgets, group sizes, and preferences? I ask myself these questions when evaluating the property’s room variety. 
  • Comfort and Cleanliness: This measures the overall cleanliness and comfort of the accommodations. Does it have comfortable beds? Are the rooms spotless and dust-free? These are important factors I consider when rating comfort and cleanliness. 
  • Location: This is used to evaluate how convenient and accessible the property is. How close is it to the attractions? Are there good public transportation options near the location? Is it easily accessible for families? These questions are important when I rate the location of every accommodation. 
  • Affordability: I use this to evaluate the property’s affordability. Are the room rates reasonable? Does the property have any additional fees? Does the property offer discounts or packages? I ask myself this in order to rate affordability. 
  • Family-Friendliness: This evaluates the family-friendliness of each property. Does it offer babysitting services and children’s activities? Does it have connecting rooms for families? I use these questions to rate the family-friendliness of the property. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What cities are 4 hours away from indianapolis.

Cities approximately 4 hours away from Indianapolis include Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati. These offer a variety of cultural attractions, shopping opportunities, and dining experiences.

What Cities Are 5 Hours Away From Indianapolis?

Cities approximately 5 hours away from Indianapolis include St. Louis, Nashville, and Detroit. Each has its own unique blend of music, history, and entertainment.

Why Is Indianapolis So Popular?

Indianapolis is popular because of its renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the annual Indianapolis 500 race, attracting motorsport enthusiasts worldwide. It also offers a vibrant cultural scene, professional sports teams, and a thriving economy, making it an appealing destination for visitors and residents alike.

Is Indianapolis A Friendly City?

Yes, Indianapolis is generally considered a friendly city. With its Midwestern hospitality, welcoming residents, and community-oriented atmosphere, visitors often find the city to be friendly and welcoming. 

Conclusion 

In pursuing the best weekend getaways from Indianapolis, your trail should lead to The Hoxton, Chicago. 

With its perfect blend of exemplary service and family-centric facilities, it’s a diamond that sparkles brighter than its competitors. 

This isn’t mere hearsay.

It’s a testament from someone who has savored the experience firsthand. 

The food scene, the myriad activities, and the comfort of their rooms stand in a league of their own. 

So, when planning your next family trip, let The Hoxton, Chicago be your destination. 

It’s our number one choice, and we are confident it will charm you just as much.

30 Best Weekend Getaways From Indianapolis — Quick Trips!

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Take A Northern Indiana Road Trip: Things To Do, Eat and See

Great adventures are often closer than you think. While a visit to Indianapolis is always a quick Cincinnati getaway, we wanted to experience what else Indiana had to offer.  A wish list that included a beach, plenty of parks and family-friendly attractions had us mapping out the perfect Northern Indiana road trip.

Our journey through northern Indiana led us through country roads, small towns, and fascinating destinations.  We were graciously hosted on this trip by the cities below, however, all opinions are my own.

Hamilton County

North of Indianapolis you will find the charming town of Carmel, Indiana. After visiting last year, there was no question that a stop here was mandatory. This ever-growing portion of Indiana is booming with new local restaurants, trendy boutiques, and plenty of family-friendly adventures. We spent two beautiful days exploring even more of what Hamilton County as to offer.

Monon Trail

Northern Indiana Road Trip

The Waterpark

One of the best ways to cool off during a hot summer day is with a visit to The Waterpark.  Relax in the lazy river,  zip down one of their many slides, or try your hand at surfing on a simulator.  Two great kid areas are bound to keep those little ones entertained. From a tame toddler pool to a more action-packed zone that is bound to burn off that pent up energy. This is the perfect addition to any summer itinerary or a great way to cool off during your trek up or down the Monon Trail.

Stuckey’s Farm Orchard and Cider Mill

Northern Indiana Road Trip

Conner Prairie

History comes to life as you step back into time with a visit to Conner Prairie. This interactive outdoor museum will take your family on an amazing journey back through time with a visit to 1836 Indiana.  Explore how times were like during the Civil War and even step into a four-story treehouse.  Encouraging guests to create is a key component of any visit. Whether you are building a windmill or learning about the effects of wind a visit to Conner Prairie is bound to be fun and educational.  We share tips and what to expect during your visit to Conner Prairie here .

Where To Stay

During our recent visit to Hamilton County, we stayed at the  Renaissance Hotel in Carmel . The central location of this hotel was ideal as everything was within a few minute’s drive.  The rooms were spacious, clean, and modern. We enjoyed many of the amenities the hotel had, but the best was the indoor pool.

Where To Eat

Tina's Tea Room

Read about our last visit to  Hamilton County  to get a few more great ideas to add to your itinerary.

Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes

Honestly,  we did not spend enough time at the Dunes as I only allotted only half a day to explore this natural wonder. We made it to the beach twenty minutes before the storms we were outrunning caught up. With rain in the schedule for the rest of the day, we ventured to the Nature Center then headed on to our next destination.

Don’t make the same mistake I made; plan for at least two days here if not more. The Indiana Dunes is an incredible National Park that has many great hiking trails and activities to explore. They also have a campground for those who enjoy camping.

Needless to say, now that I know this amazing beach area is roughly a four-hour drive from Cincinnati, I will be making a return trip.

Considering Visiting Chicago During Your Northern Indiana Road Trip

While we didn’t venture to Chicago this trip it is a great option after visiting the Dunes. Chicago is less than an hour away. This great city is full of family-friendly adventures. Learn more about great things to do with your family in Chicago here .

One family-friendly stop that you don’t want by-pass, but rather include in any trip to Northern Indiana is South Bend. Located only an hour east from the Indiana Dunes it is packed with unique attractions and experiences for the whole family.  We spent two nights in South Bend taking in all the sights.

Potawatomi Zoo and Park

Family attractions in South Bend Indiana

The zoo is the perfect size to explore in a morning or afternoon, which makes it great for those with a toddler in tow.  Don’t miss the huge bison, the river otters or the resident peacock parading around.  Hop aboard the train and the carousel to add even more excitement to your visit.

Studebaker  National Museum

Northern Indiana Road Trip

The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of presidential carriages, including the one Abraham Lincoln rode in on his way to Ford’s Theater the night of his assassination.  Little ones will love the Super Service Center where they can change tires, replace mufflers, and complete their tune-up checklists.

University of Notre Dame

Northern Indiana Road Trip

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the top sights on the campus as it is home to many precious relics. The Basilica is breath-taking and resembles those found in Europe. View Columbus Tapestries hanging in the Admission Building before heading to the Snite Museum of Art.

Then take a tour of the stadium if time allows.  I’m chalking this up as my daughter’s first college visit.

The Embassy Suites is quite honestly one of the nicest places we have had the opportunity to stay at. This brand new hotel gives families space that they so desperately desire and need. With a separate living room, kitchenette and tub I couldn’t imagine a better spot to bring my family.

Breakfast is included every morning, with a custom-made omelet station and happy hour in the evenings! Let’s not forget the indoor pool that is a staple in my hotel wish list. The staff was excellent and I just can’t recommend them enough.

The Lauber in South Bend, IN

Fort Wayne: A Perfect Stop For A Northern Indiana Road Trip

We have fallen in love with this great family-oriented destination so much that we are already planning another trip back.  Fort Wayne is home to a wide variety of family-friendly attractions, parks, and restaurants.

A two-night stay is what was planned, however, we should have stayed another night with so many great activities and a fun downtown scene to explore. This is a wonderful family stop along any northern Indiana road trip.

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Fort Wayne Zoo

Their interactive exhibits will leave you spellbound, while the animals often entertain their guests. The zoo is quite large, so it is best to plan ahead as you likely won’t see the whole thing in one day.

Take time to feed the goats, ride the train, and touch the stingrays.  The Indonesian Rainforest is a fascinating exhibit that is home to orangutans, a kid’s treehouse, and fun discover station.

Science Central

Family attractions in Northern Indiana

Guests of all ages enjoy a variety of exhibits that spark the imagination.  We especially love the Kids Central area which is dedicated to those 2-7 years old. A water table, age-appropriate play structure, and a nursing area can be found here. Best of all it is gated!

Older kids will be entertained with the endless hands-on science exhibits that not only teach but excite!

Promenade Park

Promenade Park Fort Wayne

Botanical Conservatory

One of our favorite places that we visited was the Botanical Conservatory. These beautiful gardens surpass expectations and make for an educational and kid-friendly visit.  A discovery center full of fun interactive toys and books greets little ones.  Each garden is full of fascinating and fun surprises. Be sure to look for signs to guide you to popular plants like the chocolate tree.

During our visit, we stayed at the newly opened Hampton Inn near the ballfield. We truly enjoyed how walkable the hotel was from so many great city sights. The waffles that we made every morning were my daughter’s favorite. The hotel is home to an amazing restaurant Burger Bar.  It gets busy, but it is busy for a reason. In the evening grab a cocktail on their rooftop bar! The hotel staff was exceptional, our room clean and beds comfy!

Northern Indiana Road Trip

The midwest is full of exciting adventures. Check out this fun 10-day Midwest Road Trip Itinerary .

Anderson/ Madison County

Home to the largest ball of paint and historic Indian Mounds, Anderson County Indiana has quite a few unique and quirky attractions worth visiting.  Just northeast of Hamilton County, Indiana this was our final stop on our northern Indiana road trip.

Where to Go

World’s largest ball of paint.

Unique Indiana Roadside Attraction

This Guinness Book of World Record attraction is open by appointment only so call before you show up. Learn more about how to visit and how you can add on another layer of history  here.

Mounds State Park

Mounds State Park

There are plenty of great chain restaurants available, however, a local told us to head over to locally-owned Bobbers which did not disappoint. Get one of their famous (fried) tenderloin sandwiches and enjoy the lakeside view. Afterward, take the time to explore the nearby park and stroll along the lake.  Save time in your busy schedule to visit Good’s Candy Shop.  Homemade ice cream, confections, and candies make this the perfect ending to your trip,

There are plenty of good hotel options in the area to choose from.  Check out the  Anderson Madison County website  for a complete listing.

Northern Indiana Road Trip Summary

Studebaker Museum in South Bend

There were a lot of stops during this road trip, which proved to wear on our daughter and us. The amount of luggage you have when traveling with a toddler is appalling, so loading, unloading every other day is exhausting. I recommend picking two cities to explore at most if you have a little one with you.

This brings me to my second point, each city has way more to discover then what we got to experience.  I could have easily spent an extra day or two at each location taking in the sights.  Get a game plan together before you visit so you don’t get overwhelmed with all the options.

Northern Indian Road Trip

Northern Indiana Road Trip

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Indiana Road Trip: 21 BEST Things to Do in So. Indiana [updated 2022]

June 15, 2016

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Driving through Indiana might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a road trip, but it’s a route that definitely should be considered.  Road trips can be a ton of fun, especially when there are stops all along the way that blends together a mix of fun, good food, adventure, history, culture, and architecture.  Southern Indiana has all of these!  If driven straight through, this Indiana road trip would only take around four hours, but there are more than enough interesting stops to spend a day or more at each of the five main areas.

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Each of the places below is only between one and three hours from Indianapolis. If you flying into or beginning from there, here are some fun things to do in Indianapolis .

Columbus, Indiana

1. miller house and gardens.

Miller House

The sunken living room of the Miller House

The Miller House is one of the finest expressions of American modernism — an integration of a bright and open floor plan home featuring stone and glass walls, skylights, and colorful textiles.  The compelling landscaping is concerned with the composition of shaping spaces… The house showcases the work of leading 20 th -century architects and designers: Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley.

2. Zaharokos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Old fashioned ice cream parlor

Step inside Zaharakos and you’re stepping back in time to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with stained glass Tiffany lamps, carved oak, and marble, and a double soda fountain. There’s also a museum where you can learn about soda fountains and mechanical music after you finish their famous GOM spicy sloppy joe and cheese sandwich followed by their Tin Roof Sundae.

3. Downtown

Southern Indiana Road Trip

The manor houses have gorgeous courtyards!

Downtown Columbus is perfect for an afternoon stroll.  Stop in at the Bartholomew Public Library, admire the public sculptures and architecture of First Christian Church, or my favorite – peak through the wrought iron gates into the colorful manicured courtyards of the majestic historic homes.

Brown County

4. state park.

Southern Indiana Road Trip

A romantic spot to wait for the sunset.

The park is often called “Little Smokies” because of the resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains.  The park encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges, and ravines, and offers 20 miles of tree-lined roads, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks for some of Indiana’s best sunsets.

5. Nashville

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Downtown Nashville Visitor Center

Known as the “artist colony of the mid-west,” the charming village of Nashville is overflowing with pristine country shops selling original art, handmade crafts, and antiques. It’s one of the many charming small towns in Indiana .

Bloomington, IN

6. indiana university.

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Indiana University

No Indiana road trip would be complete without a visit to Indiana University. Founded in 1820, the Bloomington campus is the flagship campus of IU’s eight campuses statewide, and the heart of the attractive college town.  The campus is beautiful, with historic architecture, rich history, and landscaped gardens and walkways.  Tours available.

7. Lilly Library

Lilly Library

And the Oscar goes to……

The Lily Library is a treasure of rare books, manuscripts, and special collections and well worth an hour or two of exploration.  Rare copies of (my favorite!) Alice in Wonderland are juxtaposed next to other old gems like a first printed collection of William Shakespeare’s plays, and a handwritten letter by Edgar Allen Poe. There was an official Oscar that everyone insisted I should hold (gloved) as it was only appropriate.  What??? I was caught off-guard, and blushed a bit, as you can see.

8. Hoosier Ridge Fire Tower

Southern Indiana Road Trip

123 steps to the top

Southern Indiana Road Trip

View of the Hoosier Forest from the top.

The Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower stands guard over the Charles C. Deam Wilderness. It was originally built to protect the forest from wildfire.  The 100-foot steel structure was built in 1936 and was the last lookout tower for the Hoosier National Forest, manned until the 1970s.  It is no longer in use, but the adventurous can climb the 123 metal steps to the top for a spectacular panoramic view.

9. Four Winds Resort and Marina

Four Winds Resort

The marina and beach at Four Winds Resort

Four Winds is located on picturesque Lake Monroe, Indiana’s largest inland lake, about 15 minutes from downtown Bloomington. The boutique inn offers two restaurants, a private beach, an indoor/outdoor heated saltwater pool, boat and wave runner rentals, fitness center, tennis courts, basketball, and mini-golf. On the premises are also hiking and walking trails, picnic shelters, fishing, and boating.

10. Oliver Winery

Oliver Winery

The beautiful grounds at the winery.

Oliver Winery is Indiana’s oldest and largest winery with a distribution of their award-winning, fruit-forward wines to 18 states. They offer daily wine tasting and weekend tours of the production facility and cellar. The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful with walking paths to soak in the atmosphere as you enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. An assortment of gourmet picnic items are available, as well as gifts and accessories.

Dubois County

11. dubois county museum, jasper.

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Mia and Caius Bender admire the animals in the museum.

47,000 sq. ft. Dubois Museum houses an extensive collection of regional collectibles, proudly curated by local volunteers who act as guides in period dress. The upper level is dedicated to military and sports, while the lower level hosts a full-size log cabin, agriculture equipment, German heritage, and a wildlife adventure room especially popular with children.

12. Jasper City Mill

Southern Indiana Road Trip

View of the mill’s water wheel

Stepping into the replica mill is like taking a step back in time. Visitors are invited to watch the process of corn being ground into cornmeal the old-fashioned way using a water wheel.  The Jasper City Mill is situated on the scenic 2.1-mile paved Riverwalk path along Patoka River, which is the best place to get a view of the working mill’s waterwheel.

13. Spirit of Jasper Passenger Train

Southern Indiana Road Trip

The dining car on the Spirit of Jasper.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride the rails as it was during its Golden Age, then climb aboard – for a journey or at least a tour – on the Spirit of Jasper .  The painstakingly restored train takes passengers on a luxurious and romantic dinner excursion through unspoiled Indiana countryside to fabulous French Lick.

14. Schnitzelbank

Southern Indiana Road Trip

The cozy interior of Schnitzelbank

Named as one of the Top 10 independent restaurants in Indiana, Schnitzelbank is a festive and delicious place to stop for a bite. The eatery has evolved into a destination in itself, dousing customers with its “Olde World” ambiance, delicious German dishes such as goulash, wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, and sauerbraten. To add to the fun, Sandra Chastain, decked out in traditional German garb, crooned out German folk songs while playing the accordion and then passed out song music we could all sing along.  No one went away hungry or unhappy!

15. French Lick Springs Resort

French Lick Springs Resort

The grand foyer of the French Lick Resort

Established in 1845, this upscale historic hotel is the winner of the 2015 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Historic Hotel. The French Lick Resort is the perfect blend of history with modern amenities and offers golf, spa, hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, or shopping.

16. Monastery of Immaculate Conception

Southern Indiana Road Trip

The monastery, perched majestically on the hillside.

Also known as the “Castle on the Hill,” the Monastery in Ferdinand is home to one of the nation’s largest communities of Benedictine women who originally came from Germany to teach and run a boarding school. The highlight of the tour is Sister Christine, who guided us through the exquisite interior from her motorized wheelchair, regaling us with information as well as humorous stories of her youthful misadventures as a young Sister.

17. League Stadium

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Tom Hanks’ quote from the movie A League of Their Own

If you’ve seen the movie A League of Their Own with Geena Davis, Madonna, Tom Hanks, and Rosie O’Donnell, then you’ll recognize League Stadium in Huntingburg.  The stadium, built in 1894 was the setting for this fictionalized account of the Rockford Peaches and based on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League , from 1943-1954.  Park Director Jim Rueger, who was an extra in the movie, told us that Coke, Columbia Studio, and Budweiser each paid one million dollars to advertise on the outfield billboards.

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Photo op outside of Snaps

Established in 1872 as “The First and Last Chance Saloon,” Snaps is a favorite with locals.  Snaps claims to hold the oldest liquor license in Dubois County and it was the first bar to be granted the honor one at the end of the prohibition. The fried gator snaps appetizers are a must-try.

Spencer County

18. abraham lincoln boyhood memorial.

Abraham Lincoln, one of the country’s most admired presidents, grew up and formed much of his character and morality in southern Indiana.  The memorial contains a typical 1980’s homestead on land owned by Thomas Lincoln, a visitor’s center with Lincoln exhibits, hiking trails, and memorials.

19. Saint Meinrad Archabby

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Our tour guide at Meinrad Abby

The Benedictine tradition came to the Midwest in the 1850s when the Swiss Abbey of Einsiedeln sent two monks to Indiana to start a new foundation. Now, Meinrad Abbey is an active community of 90+ monks who pray, work, and live together. Tours of the beautiful grounds, historic buildings, and artifacts are available at reception.

20. Lincoln State Park Beach

Southern Indiana Road Trip

The pier at Lincoln Beach

Lincoln State Park offers two scenic lakes, ten miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, cabins, and group cottages. The 1,747-acre park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks.

21. Holiday World

Southern Indiana Road Trip

Riding (and screaming) on super-fast Thunderbird with Erin Bender at Holiday World!

With sections depicting Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the 4 th of July on any day, Holiday World in the town of Santa Clause has been voted the Cleanest Park in the World for more than a decade. The highlight is Thunderbird, America’s first launched wing coaster, which propels its victims at a speed from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds! Live shows with singing, dancing, and diving are held throughout the day.

As you can see, a southern Indiana road trip is a lot of fun!

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Disclosure:  The author was honored to be the guest of Visit Bloomington, Dubois County Visitors Center & Tourism Commission, and Spencer County Tourism during her stay in Indiana, but as always, the opinions, reviews, and experiences are her own.

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About the Author

Patti Morrow

Patti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning international blog Luggage and Lipstick and southern travel blog Gone to Carolinas . TripAdvisor called her one of “ 20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials ” and she was named one of the “ Top 35 Travel Blogs ” in the world.

She is also the star of the upcoming TV series “ Destination Takeover ” which is scheduled to premiere in the new few months.

Patti is the author of the book “ Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone ,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post , International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, Travel Play Live Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal .  She has traveled extensively through six continents looking for fabulous destinations, exotic beaches, and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer tribe.

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Janice Chung Reply June 16, 2016 at 8:49 am

I have never considered going to Indiana but your post certainly showed a lot of great sites and architecture….OK and food. Top of my list would be the Zaharokos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum for what else? A sundae! The Jasper Passenger train would be cool too.

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luggageandlipstick Reply June 16, 2016 at 9:36 am

Southern Indiana surprised me, too, Janice. Certainly a lot of things to keep me busy!

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Paula @ Holiday World Reply June 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Thanks so much for including us! Admission to Holiday World also includes our 40-acre water park, Splashin’ Safari, with two water coasters! Both parks offer free soft drinks, free sunscreen and free parking.

luggageandlipstick Reply June 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Holiday World is a great park with lots of amenities — I really loved it!

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Travel Pockets (Crystal) Reply June 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Love all these interesting locations! Especially the ice cream parlor 🙂 Pinning so I can visit these places soon!

luggageandlipstick Reply June 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Thanks, Crystal! Hope you get to see some of southern Indiana this summer!

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Irene S. Levine Reply June 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

What a diversity of attractions/sites you found in southern Indiana! — way beyond my expectations!

luggageandlipstick Reply June 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm

I have to admit, southern Indiana surprised me too!

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alison abbott Reply June 19, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Wow, not a destination I had ever considered. You’ve certainly shown southern Indiana has a wealth of opportunity for a visitor in many different categories!

luggageandlipstick Reply June 19, 2016 at 9:44 pm

Thanks, Alison. I was also surprised at the variety of things to do in southern Indiana. Something for everyone.

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Erin @ Visit Bloomington Reply June 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm

What a great round-up, Patti! This is only a small sample of the wonderful activities and attractions that are in Bloomington! Please come back for another visit soon!

luggageandlipstick Reply June 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

I will definitely be back, Erin! What a wonderful surprise that Bloomington was so full of beauty and fun things to do!

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Road closures and tips for navigating downtown Indianapolis during NBA All-Star Weekend

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NBA All-Star Weekend will bring basketball, entertainment and a wave of road closures to downtown Indianapolis beginning Thursday.

A variety of streets near Gainbridge Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium will be impacted. Here are a few major closures to look out for. A full list is available at tinyurl.com/2c6zaja3 .

Indianapolis road closures for NBA All-Star Weekend

Thursday through monday.

  • Delaware Street between South and Maryland streets will be closed from noon Thursday until 6 a.m. Monday.
  • Eastbound Georgia Street will be closed from Capitol Avenue to Illinois Street, Illinois Street to Meridian Street and Meridian Street to Pennsylvania Street from 3 p.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Monday.
  • Westbound Georgia Street will close intermittently throughout the weekend.

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  • Maryland Street between Meridian and Delaware streets will close at 3 p.m.
  • Pennsylvania Street between Washington and South streets will close at 3 p.m.
  • Maryland Street between Meridian and Delaware streets will close at 5 p.m.
  • Pennsylvania Street between Washington and South streets will close at 5 p.m.
  • South Street from Missouri Street to Capitol Avenue will close from 3:30-11 p.m.

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  • South Street from Missouri Street to Capitol Avenue will close from 4:30 p.m. until midnight.
  • Pennsylvania Street between Washington and South streets will close at 8 a.m.
  • Maryland Street between Meridian and Delaware streets will close at 8 a.m.

IndyGo free rides and other ways to get around car-free

Indiana Pacers Bikeshare and Bird and Lime scooters will be available for anyone looking to get around downtown.

If you hope to avoid traffic in general, IndyGo will offer fare-free rides and extended service from Thursday through Sunday. No pass or ticket is needed. You may simply hop on the bus.

More: Take a free ride with IndyGo on NBA All-Star Weekend. Here's how.

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  • IndyGo’s Trip Planner ( indygo.net/plan-your-trip/ ).
  • Call IndyGo’s Customer Care Center – 317-635-3344.

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Police cars are shown near a Waffle House in Indianapolis Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, where at least one person was killed and several injured. (AP Photo/Isabella Volmert)

INDIANAPOLIS – One woman was killed and five other people were wounded when an argument escalated to gunfire at a Waffle House restaurant in Indianapolis early Monday, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the restaurant around 12:30 a.m., the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.

Five people with gunshot wounds were transported to a hospital, including a woman who was in critical condition and died, police said. The other victims — a woman and three men — all were listed in stable condition.

A sixth man who was shot traveled separately to a hospital and was listed in critical condition, police said.

Investigators believe an altercation between two groups at the restaurant escalated to gunfire. It was not immediately clear if any of the victims fired shots, police said.

No one has been arrested and police are investigating.

Two police officers remained at the scene Monday morning around 10 a.m. as members of the Indianapolis-Marion County forensic services agency crime scene unit entered the building. Law enforcement took down police tape that barricaded the restaurant's parking lot around 10:30 a.m.

A spokesperson for Waffle House said the company is referring all questions about the shooting to local law enforcement.

“We are cooperating fully with the ongoing law enforcement investigation into this incident,” Njeri Boss, vice president of public relations, said in a written statement.

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Posted: October 16, 2023 | Last updated: November 3, 2023

<p>Road trips are unforgettable experiences that can have a positive impact on our mental health. A user asked the <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAnAmerican/comments/15lr0ui/whats_the_best_road_trip_youve_ever_taken_within/">forum</a>, “What’s the best road trip you’ve ever taken within the US?”. Here are 15 recommendations from the forum:</p>

Road trips are unforgettable experiences that can have a positive impact on our mental health. A user asked the forum , “What’s the best road trip you’ve ever taken within the US?”. Here are 15 recommendations from the forum:

<p>“I had a friend in high school who snuck two older guys into her basement one night while her parents were asleep. They dared her to stick a couple of carrots up her lady purse, and one took a picture.</p><p>My entire high school found out and dubbed her Carrot Girl. One day, steamed baby carrots were served at lunch, and many of the obnoxious “popular” kids started throwing their carrots at her, laughing and chanting “Carrot Girl.”</p>

SAN DIEGO TO MONTEREY

“Up the coast from San Diego to Monterey for a road trip to a music festival.

And this probably doesn’t count as a road trip, but once I flew to St. Louis and drove the rest of the way to Iowa in a summer night thunderstorm. Most gorgeous lightning I have ever seen.”

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NEW YORK TO CONNECTICUT

“From New York to Connecticut to visit extended family. I liked it because my family and I listened to interesting podcasts, and I had ample time to read and draw.”

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ATLANTA TO GETTYSBURG

“Mine was a civil war battlefield road trip I took from Atlanta to Gettysburg. I stopped at 28 battlefields over three weeks. Drove through the blue ridge mountains and Shenandoah valley. It was sobering, entertaining, and beautiful in equal measure.”

<p>Not all things always remain but is there something that you would see before but have now stopped noticing in America?</p> <p>A user asked the <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAnAmerican/comments/14mugfw/what_has_gradually_disappeared_in_america_that_no/">forum</a>, “What has gradually disappeared in America that no one noticed?”. Here are the top responses.</p>

SAN DIEGO TO NEW ENGLAND

“I just finished a 10-month, 32-state, 15k mile road trip around the country. Started in San Diego and went through the southwest, deep south, up the East Coast, stayed in Boston to make some cash and explored New England, hung out in the Midwest for a bit, then chilled in the Rockies before hanging out in southern Utah, and now I’m back in San Diego.

It was honestly the best time I’ve ever had. I learned a lot about myself and the country, and I’m now saving up so I can do it again and see more. I really wanted to see Tennessee, Missouri, and Wisconsin; basically, everywhere I didn’t go.

Massachusetts was the standout (Boston is incredible), but all of New England was charming and beautiful. I liked how I was never more than 10 min from a forest. Easily my favorite region outside of SoCal.

Chicago was great; mad respect for the train system. Omaha’s downtown was the most surprising, I wasn’t expecting much from Nebraska, but it was so nice!

There are some great small cities out there. Santa Fe is so unique. Asheville was so artsy and crunchy. Burlington was amazing! Portland, ME, was magical.”

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MIAMI TO NC

“In ’95, my sister was 16, and I was 15. We took her Honda Civic (no power steering, locks, or windows, lol) from Miami to NC and followed along with the Alanis Morrisette jagged little tour. It was so fun.”

<p>Most people don’t enjoying working a 9to5 job but just have to work in order to make ends meet. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you no longer have to work for money?</p> <p>A user asked the <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/6rcx2u/if_you_could_quit_your_job_and_pursue_your_hobby/">forum</a>, “If you could quit your job and pursue your hobby full-time with financial security, what hobby would you pursue?”. Let’s look at the top responses.</p>

GREAT PLAINS TO NORTH DAKOTA

“I took a road trip with my husband up through the Great Plains states all the way to North Dakota, stopping at various parks and landmarks along the way.

Then we turned West until we got to Glacier National Park in Montana (where we stayed for about a week over the 4th of July, giving us a chance to see fireworks over the mountains) before swinging South to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

We have a tradition of listening to audiobooks on long road trips. We started ‘Wheel of Time’ on Going to the Sun Road in Glacier, so I have a strong mental image associating Dragonmount with the soaring heights of Glacier.”

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KANSAS TO SOUTH DAKOTA

“I drove west from Kansas City, MO, through Kansas, out to Denver, then headed north through Wyoming to Jackson Hole. Then headed back through South Dakota and Nebraska.

It was my first time really seeing the extent of the Great Plains and my first glimpse of the Rockies, not from an airplane. Not to mention the Black Hills and the Badlands.

The difference in scenery that you can see just from your windshield in this part of the country versus the east and midwest is like watching Lawrence of Arabia on IMAX compared to on a 16-inch TV screen.”

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MISSOURI TO COLORADO

“Right after I graduated high school, I and some friends drove from Missouri all across the southwest, then back through Colorado.

About two weeks of national parks and other points of interest. Some camping, a few hotels. Lots of great memories.

Plus, this was back in the 1990’s when gas was $1.25/gal and before the national parks were overrun. So we were actually able to park and hike all the trails we wanted without issues, permits, shuttles, and crowds of selfie sticks, influencers, and people blasting pop music on a Bluetooth speaker while hiking in nature.”

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ZION TO SOUTH RIM

“Not the longest, not the farthest, not that special anymore… but I will never, ever forget it.

On a motorcycle tour/trip from Zion to North Rim, then through Lee’s Ferry to the South Rim.

The North Rim is heavily wooded/forested, and the ride near there is gorgeous. As you come out of the North Rim (67, I think), then hit the 89 and turn right, there are some more woods and tight turns.

Unexpectedly as you come around a bend, the trees/hills pull away like curtains, and the Vermillion Cliffs are completely laid out in front of you. It was absolutely stunning. NGL… I crashed. Pulled over immediately and just gawked at it for 5 or 10 minutes.

It’s one of the few things in my life that I’d give anything to experience again for the first time.”

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SALT LAKE CITY TO SPOKANE

“Tied between two:

Salt Lake City to Spokane

Western Montana and the neck of Idaho are by far the most scenic places I have ever seen from an interstate.

NYC to Phoenix, but specifically between Blacksburg, VA, and Nashville, TN, in October. The blue ridge mountains with a backdrop of the late afternoon sunset mixed with the turning of leaves was incredibly picturesque.”

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FLAGSTAFF TO GRAND CANYON

“Flew to Phoenix, and it was 110° when we landed. Got a rental car and went through Sedona to overnight in Flagstaff. It was snowing and sleeting. From Flagstaff, we headed north to the Grand Canyon and overnighted at one of the hotels there.

We took 64 out of the canyon area and I think, then over to 264 and down to Winslow and overnighted in Holbrook. Saw the Petrified Forest the next day. Traveled through the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and all the way down to Bisbee.

We had another night stay somewhere in there and then stayed overnight in Tombstone. Then through the Saguaro National Forest, Tucson, where we overnighted. Then we went to Phoenix, and we stayed overnight close to the airport.

We didn’t have any plans for where we would stay or any reservations at all. Best trip ever. The second best was when we flew into Boston and headed up the coast and through the mountains.”

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INDY TO WEST OF DENVER

“My personal favorite was a trip I did with a good friend right after we graduated high school.

We drove from Indy to the West of Denver in the mountains in one day. We climbed a 14k peak the next day backpacking and got awful altitude sickness. We scrapped that. Recuperated for a day in Silverton.

Then we backpacked for four days, went down to New Mexico, and went to Chaco Canyon and El Malpais. Visited friends near Gallup. Had a big potluck dinner with their Navajo acquaintances, who I knew a little bit.

Then we did a flat-out high-speed burn back home via Texas and Oklahoma, then north.

We got back, washed the dust off, and immediately turned around and moved my friend into his freshman dorm room so he could start orientation.

It’s the kind of thing I could do when I was young, but it would probably kill me these days.”

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MICHIGAN TO NEBRASKA

“We’re in Michigan. Last summer, we drove from Michigan to Nebraska (to pick up a friend), then through the Tetons to eastern Idaho, backtracked a bit to Yellowstone, then to Craters of the Moon, then drove down through Utah and Colorado to Dinosaur National Monument and then back.

This year, we went from Michigan to Niagara Falls, NY, and then through Vermont and New Hampshire to Maine, and then came back through Montreal and Toronto.

One year we drove to Florida through Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North, and South Carolina, and Georgia, and later went all the way down into the Keys.

My favorite, though, was flying to Fairbanks, Alaska, and renting a car and driving up the Dalton Highway.”

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NEW ORLEANS

“My great-aunt and I drove east out of New Orleans. When we got to the Atlantic, we turned left until we got to Maine. It was late September and a glorious trip! We came home by the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the prettiest road trips ever!”

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WAYNE NEBRASKA TO MANKATO

“Me and my friends went from Wayne, Nebraska to Mankato, MN. Not a long one, but we went to watch our college football team, who was well-ranked, play MSU Mankato, who was quite good and in the top ten.

Anyways it was fun because we somehow made it in a friend’s piece of junk Bronco. We also passed by Mountain Lake, and I joked, “There aren’t such mountains, so where’s the lake?”

One of my friends said, “It’s a mountain and a lake of lies.” So we always joke that Mountain Lake, MN is a lie. I also had my first Chipotle on that trip.”

<p>“I once found an old grandfathers clock in a antique shop on vacation. My parents always wanted one of those. We ended up bringing it home and we bought it for 60 euros. When we got home (we bought it on the last day) we checked its worth on the internet.</p> <p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">We found out that our clock was worth not 60 euros but 600 EUROS. So guess what happened, the guy at the cash register misread the price he put on it. So thats how we got a discount of 540 euros.”</p>

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