From the rolling hills of Southern Indiana along the Ohio river, to the hustle and bustle of Indianapolis to the beautiful South Shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana has abundant beauty, relaxation and rejuvenation, culture and charisma, excitement and entertainment waiting for you in Indiana.
Indiana’s capital city, Indianapolis, is located right in the middle of the state. It is famous for the Indy 500 race and its love of all sport, and is increasingly renowned for its White River State Park, America’s only cultural urban state park. The park includes a view of history at the Indiana State Museum, the thrill of sport at the NCAA Hall of Champions, and an attractive Central Canal with boat rides scenic and walking paths.
A little over 80 kilometers southeast of Chicago, Indiana Dunes State Park features nearly 900 hectares of beautiful landscape, including a 24-kilometer stretch of Lake Michigan’s coastline. The park’s main draw is its beaches, which are framed by undulating sand dunes that can rise more that 60 meters high. In Chain O’ Lakes State Park in northern Indiana (about 200 kilometers northeast of Indianapolis), nine connecting lakes provide boaters, swimmers and fishing enthusiasts a serene paradise. You can kayak or canoe across all nine lakes, or, if you prefer staying on land, hike the park’s 16 kilometers of forested trails. Southern Indiana is also home to the state’s largest park, Brown County State Park. With almost 6,500 hectares of ridges, ravines and forests, this beautiful wilderness area has earned the nickname “Little Smokies” because of its similarities with the Great Smoky Mountains. Located about 75 kilometers due south of Indianapolis, Brown County State Park features ample hiking and biking trails, not to mention tennis courts and a swimming pool. But perhaps the best way to experience the park is on horseback.
Parke County, the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World” is home to 31 of Indiana’s 98 covered bridges. History, stunning architecture and beautiful outdoor landscapes are waiting to be experienced in Parke County. Be sure to experience the Mansfield Covered Bridge during the Covered Bridge Festival each October, one of the best festivals in North America.
The beautiful resort community of French Lick West Baden has been welcoming travellers for over a century. French Lick is home to the French Lick Resort. Comprised of French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel, this resort lets guests step back in time to the splendor of the early 1900s. French Lick offers boutique shops, a variety of restaurants, bowling alley, fitness center, pools and luxury spa. West Baden, a National Historic Landmark, continues to wow visitors with its one-of-a-kind domed atrium.
From the gigantic Mall of America – the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the US – to the stores on Chicago’s tree-lined Magnificent Mile, from outlet centres with terrific prices to hip shops with unique clothes, the Great Lakes states are a paradise for shoppers.
The Great Lakes region offers a great selection of trip ideas. You can preplan your routes, have a a look at our suggested itineraries, or be spontaneous and free and just jump into the car and venture out to – a winery, a sandy beach, a cosy bed and breakfast, a secluded trail – the choice is yours.
Festival time in the Great Lakes states means decision time for visitors – because there are so many to choose from.
Soaring skyscrapers and roaring motorbikes, the US’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the home of Abraham Lincoln, America’s most-famous president, and the music of Motown – they’re just some of the great attractions the Great Lakes states have to offer.
Whether you are planning a golf trip to an isolated gem in the wilderness or just want a quality round while traveling on a business trip then the Great Lakes has them all.
Fancy a wander through some terrific scenery in Illinois? Then, head for the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, which overlooks the Illinois River and has rushing waterfalls, towering trees and awe-inspiring canyons. Two million visitors a year explore its scenic trails and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.