The following article was originally published on luxxuryportfolio.com on 2/1/2018.
Indiana is well-known for many things, such as prairies and sports — two things to experience during any visit. However, the Hoosier state is more than just Indianapolis, football, and race cars. From city to country, there are diverse experiences to enjoy within its borders.
Explore the Covered Bridges of Parke County
Forget about the bridges of Madison County. Parke County boasts 31 covered bridges, scattered all throughout the Wabash River Valley. They’re so famous that every fall, the Covered Bridge Festival takes place. Stop in at the visitors center in Rockville to pick up maps with the bridge routes color-coded. A number of the covered bridges still permit vehicle traffic, but you can always cross on foot and capture an unforgettable photo op.
The Wabash River Valley is just west of Indianapolis. There are only 55 miles between them. You can easily check out hotels in Indianapolis and center your vacation in the city. Covered bridges and sites similar to them are all ideal for a day trip, and you can head back to Indy in the evening. Why limit yourself?
Play in the Park
Downtown Indianapolis is diverse, friendly, and full of treasures. No matter when you go, there’s something happening somewhere. For example, stick to hotels near Military Park, the city’s oldest park. It was an encampment in the Civil War, and the first Indiana state fair took place there. It gets its name from its shape, which resembles a military badge. In addition to all the traditional park activities, it’s where the Indy JazzFest occurs every year.
Experience the 1800s
Image via Flickr by Paul J Everett
A trip to the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers sends you back in time. The interactive park reveals what life was like in a prairie town in 1863. Along with a general store and a one-room schoolhouse, there are hands-on exhibits and a variety of farm animals that stroll through town. Watch the blacksmith work or take the 1863 Civil War Journey tour. Don’t miss visiting the Lenape Indian Camp where you can see how Native Americans spent their days, or come during the 1859 Balloon Voyage to view the park from 400 feet in the air.
Take in a Game
Unsurprisingly, Indianapolis is a dream destination for sports fans. Even fans of the minor leagues can have a good time. Why not watch the Indianapolis Indians play on the field Sports Illustrated calls the best minor league ballpark in the country? Focus your attention on accommodation close to Victory Field, where you can enjoy proximity to the park and the rush of downtown Indy.
Do you prefer the pigskin? Then plan your travel dates to watch the Indianapolis Colts play a game on their home turf. Lucas Oil Stadium is better known as the House that Manning Built — Payton Manning, that is. You can browse hotels near the Indiana Convention Center, which connects to the stadium.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Indiana? Do you prefer to stay downtown, or are you more at home in smaller towns?