Indiana is the perfect spot for a family vacation or a romantic, weekend getaway. Vacations in Indiana are for those who like their breaks to play out at a slower tempo than their daily lives, or who just want to get back to the ‘Real’ America, with sleepy towns and friendly folk. Set in the Midwest, Indiana vacations offer expansive plains peppered with quaint college towns and a patchwork of fertile farmland. While there’s plenty for fans of the Great Outdoors, there’s urban life aplenty for those who want. Head to Indianapolis for a slice of life in the fast lane.
If you only need one reason to take your Indiana package vacations, make it Lake Michigan. Take a stroll on the aptly-named ‘Singing Sands’, explore the Indiana Dunes State Park, or charter a boat and get some serious fishing done. With some superb beaches and some of the state’s best ice cream parlors lining the lake, Lake Michigan is ideal for the whole family.
Southern Indiana lays claim to some of the state’s most popular attractions, such as the small town of French Lick. Famous for its mineral-laden spring waters, you can learn about its history in the French Lick West Baden Museum.
For some family fun, make your way to the Big Splash Adventure water park. An indoor water park that has a retractable roof (so it’s an ideal destination whatever the weather), it’s the perfect way to let the kids cool down and burn off some energy at the same time.
You’ll also find Brown County down south, home to https://www.orbitz.com/Nashville.d136862.Destination-Travel-Guides (no, not that one!), also known as the ‘artist colony of the Midwest’. A must for lovers of arts and crafts, you can wander this picturesque village and see artists and crafters at work in the open-house studios. Brown County is a great place for antique hunters, with flea markets, warehouses, and antique stores scattered across the region.
Head to the southwest of the state and you’ll come across the festively-named town of Santa Claus. Set in the Indiana Hills, it’s famous as the town where Ol’ Saint Nick likes to spend his summers (allegedly!). You’ll find Santa-related attractions almost everywhere you go, such as the Santa Claus Museum, the Christmas Lake Golf Course and the Santa Claus Christmas Store. However, if you’re taking your Indiana vacation in the warmer months, be sure to pay a visit to the Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari theme park. With rides and slides for visitors of all ages, it’s an enjoyable way to spend a day.
While it might be a small city, Columbus provides a beautiful backdrop for Indiana vacations. You’ll find examples of astonishing architecture right across the city and the downtown district is a paradise for art lovers. There are tours available of the most significant structures, created by the likes of Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche. The Miller Estate and Gardens give a fascinating insight into Indiana’s mid-19th century past.
Carmel is a great place for anyone with an interest in the arts. Head to the Carmel Arts and Design District, where you’ll find the world-famous Center for the Performing Arts. While you’re in the area, head to the Studio Theater to catch a new play or enjoy a quiet glass of wine in Central Green and watch the world go by.
With summer highs of over 90°F, the months between June and August can be humid and pretty hot. Between October and November, the temperature drops to the mid-60s°F, which makes for cooler sightseeing conditions. With it being harvest time, you’ll also find plenty of festivals taking place in the fall.
Cars are the most convenient way of seeing this beautiful state. However, for long distances, Megabus, Greyhound, and Amtrak offer interstate bus and rail services.
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