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Indiana: Embrace the Other Side of the Hoosier State

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Old-fashioned wisdom has catalogued Indiana to be the state filled with nothing but farmers, fields and corn. But there’s a whole different side to this Hoosier State that ought to be on your Indiana itinerary planner. Whether it is the peaceful Amish communities or the world-renowned Indy 500, Indiana is bound to excite and impress every type of traveller.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana by Bob Hall

History, very famous Hoosier hospitality, high speed and sports are a few strong reasons Indianapolis ought to be on your Indiana trip planner. From the well-known Indianapolis 500 to the Colts and the Pacers, this beautiful city provides numerous options to experience amateur and professional sporting events, visit famous sports museums and even take part in some of the athletic events. Tour the legendary Motor Speedway and take a walk through the Hall of Fame Museum dedicated to auto racing and automobiles. If you aren’t a sports enthusiast, you could always dabble in the art, history and culture of the city by strolling along the 19th century Lockerbie Square District buildings, along the cobblestoned roads. Popularly known as the ‘Crossroads of America’, multiple interstate highways bisect this city than in any other in the entire country.

Amish Acres, Nappanee
There is something about the Amish community that draws in amazement. Situated in Nappanee, Indiana, the Amish Acres is an old-fashioned Amish town practising the education and history of the Amish culture. The community practises a simple life, void of most technological advancements and other modern conveniences. Stop by to witness this alternative way of life and tour the barns, while purchasing some of the tasty, crafted Amish products. En route, you can make a pit stop at Shipshewana and experience the largest flea market of the Midwest.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park by Todd Petrie

Located on Lake Michigan’s coast in Chesterton, the Indiana Dunes State Park is a newly remodelled camping ground that provides over 140 camping sites. Quite a popular park, you can spend a day or two camping and hiking through the many trails in the dunes. Wade in the active waters and build sandcastles in Lake Michigan, and have a memorable time. People love to spend their free evenings and lazy Sundays in the park, socialising, playing games with families, or simply spending time with nature.

Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington, Indiana by pravin.premkumar

Famous as one of the top adventure spots in the country, Bloomington is, in reality, a wonderful college town, playing home to the much-sought-after Indiana University. Housing a plethora of stores found nowhere else in the state, you must stop by and check out the bike stores and herbal shops. Bloomington is popular as the set for the famous movie ‘Breaking Away’ and the Little 500 bicycle race, amidst playing host to other cultural activities.

Hoosier National Forest

Hoosier National Forest, Indiana by Matthew Bennett

Of all the active spots to experience in the Hoosier State, you must add the Hoosier National Forest to your Indiana travel planner. Over 200,000 acres of sprawling forests makes for a perfect location to bike, hike, walk and run. Trek up to the Lookout Tower of Hickory Ridge or walk to Hemlock Cliffs, meanwhile exploring the rock shelters, waterfalls and sandstone formations.

Sculpted by glaciers over centuries, the ‘heart of the Midwest’ as Indiana can fondly be called, is a beautiful state with hospitable people and varied landscape. Stop by to witness its rich beauty and culture.

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