Indiana, the Hoosier state, welcomes visitors with warm Midwestern hospitality and unlimited options for an exciting and restful vacation. Spend time enjoying a festival, going antique shopping in any number of charming small towns, or embark on a rich cultural expedition at several world-class museums. Indiana travel guide gives you ideas what Indiana tourism offers and how to enjoy them.
Northern Indiana features a wealth of living history, from the Amish villages in Nappanee to the Indiana dunes, formed by ancient glaciers. Visit Nappanee to enjoy Broadway shows at the state of the art Amish Acres Round Barn Theater, and wander through seven counties on the delightful Art and Earth Trail which features local artists, craftsmen and unique galleries. A highlight of the trail is the Village at Winona's Amish and Mennonite artisans. The University of Notre Dame in South Bend is home to the world's largest collection of 19th century stained glass from France, in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Also at the University don't miss the landmark Golden Dome and historic football stadium.
Experience Lake Michigan with a charter boat tour, a guided sport fishing expedition, or any number of exciting watersports. Kayaking and whitewater rafting are always popular choices; brave the St. Joseph River's East Waterway in downtown South Bend for a wildly unforgettable ride along Niles Ave. For families, a visit to the Albanese Candy Factory is in order, offering tours and the “world's best gummies.” The Marshall County Blueberry Festival in Plymouth is another favorite, offering four days of fireworks, balloon races, parades, live music and shopping along with countless other attractions. Spend a day just relaxing, and try your hand at sandcastle architecture at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which is home to over a thousand diverse plants and animal species.
Encounter the unexpected in Eastern Indiana. Art comes to life in a most unforgettable way at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, as artists work with rolled and mouth-blown opalescent and stained glass. Famous New York performers offer intimate dinner theater in the restored New Huntington Theater. At J. Edward Roush Lake in Huntington, swim or boat if you wish, but don't neglect to try out your archery skills, pilot radio-controlled aircraft or “rough it” at the primitive campsites. In Marion, Walnut Creek Club Golf Complex recently received a 4-Star Rating from Golf Digest, and is famous for its 36-hole course. Take a relaxing stroll along the River Bluff Trail in Logansport, connecting downtown with the eel river, an intriguing labyrinth and boat launch access. Near Anderson, journey to Mounds State Park and see how the ancient Adena-Hopewell natives built 10 enormous, unique earthworks here.
Visitors enjoy both urban and rural pleasures in central Indiana. In Bargersville, visit Mallow Run Winery where you can tour the vineyard and have a wine-tasting of Mallow's eight varieties in the hayloft of a historic barn. Stop by Beasley's Orchard and Gardens in Danville for year-round farm fresh seasonal produce. The market is located in a historic civil war era barn. Hunter's Honey Farm offers tours of their completely chemical-free operation, beekeeping education and artisan products, including free samples. The Carmel Arts & Design District is home to numerous life-size outdoor sculpture installations and cobblestone pathways leading to over a hundred unique galleries, showrooms and boutiques. For a most unforgettable experience, ascend 350 feet over Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in a real, operational (tethered!) hot air balloon.