Build your road trip! Below are some of the most sought-after spots to visit in Indiana. One of Frommer's best places to go in 2020, explorers enjoy sandy beaches along Lake Michigan, hiking National Parks, nature, museums, a certain famous race-track in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, professional sports, wine trails, nightlife, and everything in between. Start your trip through Indiana here.
*Indiana is in Stage 4 of opening and is ready to welcome travelers both in-state and out, particularly to enjoy the State's outdoor attractions; but amusement parks and indoor attractions are now open, too, taking safety and health precautions. Welcome to Indiana!
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. Just six miles west of Downtown Indianapolis and it's the third-oldest permanent automobile race track in the world, behind Brooklands and the Milwaukee Mile. With a seating capacity of 257,325, it is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world. Considered relatively flat by American standards, the track is a 2.5-mile-long rectangular oval with dimensions that have remained essentially unchanged since its construction.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest children's museum! Enjoy 472,900 square feet with five floors of exhibit halls, a collection of over 120,000 artifacts and exhibit items, a simulated Cretaceous dinosaur habitat, a carousel, a steam locomotive, and the glass sculpture Fireworks of Glass Tower and Ceiling. The museum's focus is family learning; most exhibits are designed to be interactive, allowing children and families to actively participate.
Indiana Dunes State Park
Located just 47 miles east of Chicago the park is bounded by Lake Michigan to the northwest, and is surrounded on all four sides by Indiana Dunes National Park. The 1,530-acre Dunes Nature Preserve makes up the bulk of eastern part of the park, and includes most of the park’s hiking trails and dune landscape. There is a fee for entrance. Indiana Dunes State Park was established in 1925 and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974.
Famous Antique Alley offers Indiana’s most diverse antique destinations. Two different trails, maps available at the Richmond/Wayne County Tourism Bureau, will guide you along Eastern Indiana’s highways and byways to over 900 individual shops, dealers and malls. Trail 1, from Richmond west to Knightstown, is the perfect way to explore the Historic National Road (U.S. 40) and then circles back to Richmond on picturesque SR 38. Trail 2 takes you north out of Richmond along US 27 to Portland.
Brown County State Park
Affectionately called Indiana’s Playground, Brown County State Park is an ideal destination offering activities guaranteed to please visitors of all ages. The park is located in Indiana’s historic artists colonies in Nashville county and offers a variety of vacation options for different budgets and interests! It’s conveniently located an hour away Indianapolis, so you don’t even have to travel far outside the city for this peaceful nature retreat.
Indiana has the fourth most drive-in theatres in the U.S.! A trip to the drive-in is more than just a movie, it's spending time making memories doing something truly unique. These 20 Drive-In Theatres in Indiana are all fantastic spots to watch a movie under the stars.