Spotlight: Indiana


Indiana is a diverse state full of travel opportunities. There's a genuine personality that translates into authentic experiences for those visiting Indiana. Here, travellers can spend their days paddling a winding river, fishing an inland lake or browsing the shops on Main Street. World-class cities offer internationally renowned museums, performing arts venues and high-energy sporting events, all paired with friendliness as an added bonus. They can enjoy homegrown produce and get to know the growers at our farmer's markets, eateries and vineyards. From five-star cuisine to an adventurous hike in one of our breath-taking state parks – from the banks of the Ohio River to the National Lakeshore, there are travel opportunities to fit almost every itinerary, in every corner of the Hoosier State.


At-A-Glance

Nickname:
The Hoosier State

Major airports:
Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
South Bend International Airport (SBN)

Weather:
Spring: 6°C to 17°C
Summer: 19°C to 29°C
Autumn: 7°C to 18°C
Winter: -6°C to 2°C

Timezone:
Eastern Time (-5 hours GMT)

Region:
Midwest

Getting around

Driving the Indiana roadways and back roads are the best ways to explore the state. If you are in one of the bigger cities taking a taxi or walking is really the best way as public transport can be limited.

New & Trending

In May, Indianapolis International Airport's first non-stop transatlantic flights to Paris took off. IND via CDG on Delta- you can continue on to 100 destinations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East with just one additional connection.

The nation's largest agri-tourism destination is getting even bigger. Fair Oaks Farms is adding a hotel. In January of 2019, a 99-room Fairfield Inn & Suits by Marriott will open. It will boast 31 suits, including eight silo suites and will connect to the farm-to-table restaurant. Amenities will includes a pool, gym and spa.

The Vogue, a historic former movie house in Indianapolis, Indiana is one of the nation's most celebrated hip-hop venues and has hosted the likes of Ice Cube, Rhianna and Scarface. The intimate atmosphere makes it a great spot to cater to a strong hip hop scene that includes rappers Sirius Blvck and John Stamps.

Fun fact: The first long distance auto-race in the U.S., the Indianapolis 500, was held in May 1930, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Must see

Fair Oaks Farms, Fairs Oaks: One of the nation's largest dairy producers, in northwest Indiana is a 9,000-acre complex that includes interactive agricultural exhibits, children's playgrounds and an award-winning restaurant. Visitors can choose three 'adventures' housed in themed barns: Crop Adventure, Dairy Adventure and the Pig Adventure.

Indiana Dunes State and National Parks: Every year, nearly four million visitors flock to Indiana Dunes State and National Parks. It's the state's largest attraction. In all, the Indiana Dunes is 15,000 acres of beaches, forests, prairies and wetlands. Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was chosen one of the 'Top ten urban escapes' by National Geographic.

Columbus, Bartholomew County: Columbus is a small city that's world-renowned for its examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. Take a guided tour to see more than 70 notable buildings and public art installations created by famed architects, designers and artists such as Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei, Henry Moore and Dale Chihuly. Seven buildings in Columbus have been cited for the National Historic Landmarks program, ranking its collection alongside much larger cities like Boston and San Francisco.

French Lick Resort, Orange County: Stay in one of two majestic hotels at French Lick Resort, French Lick Springs Hotel or West Baden Springs Hotel. Each offers fine and casual dining, as well as full-service spas featuring the mineral waters that first drew visitors to the area in the 1920s. Both hotels have been completely restored, offering historic beauty with modern conveniences. An onsite casino, concerts, bike rentals and trolley add to the fun.

Elkhart Quilt Gardens, Elkhart County: Elkhart Quilt Gardens offers a one-of-a-kind experience, a showcase of 20 gigantic quilt-patterned gardens. The gardens, stitched with hundreds of thousands of blooms combine with 21 hand-painted quilt art murals to create a tapestry of colour in the heart of Indiana's Amish Country.

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