Book your Indiana car rental and head over to the Hoosier State. With a culture steeped in Native American history, the state offers a unique retreat. It has a diverse geography, with both the exhilaration of city life and the relaxation of the rural world. Explore Indiana solo or bring the whole family—either way, don't miss out on these top destinations:
Take in Hoosier Life
As the state's capital and largest city, Indianapolis is the place to go to immerse yourself in the culture. Visit some of the area's many museums, like the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Enjoy a flick at the IMAX Theater, located at the Indiana State Museum in the White River State Park.
This park is also home to the Indianapolis Zoo and (for the sports fan) the NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center. Need a drink? Indianapolis is known for its many wineries and breweries—Black Acre and New Day are two nationally recognized breweries. Before heading home, drive over to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Landmark for Peace Memorial.
Trek Across The Indiana Dunes
The Indiana Dunes line 15 miles of sandy shores along Lake Michigan in the northwest corner of the state. Come in summer and lay a blanket down on the beach, then let all your worries drift away. Build a sandcastle, throw the Frisbee around or join in on a game of volleyball. But sand and swimming aren't all the area has to offer. Inside the grounds lie the Chellberg Farm and the Bailly Homestead.
Hike your way through any of the Dunes' many trails, where you'll come across serene prairies and oak trees. If you plan to stay overnight, there's a campground and visitor's center with food and other accommodations. For a little side trip, hop in your Indiana car rental and drive 30 minutes south to Valparaiso, where you'll find Anderson's Vineyard and Winery.
Let South Bend Captivate You
Another Indiana hotspot is South Bend, home to the University of Notre Dame and several other colleges and universities that give the area a youthful charm. Explore the history of transportation at the Studebaker National Museum as well as regional art and architecture at the South Bend Museum of Art.
War buffs may want to stop by the Natatorium to gander the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center or visit Veterans Drive to take in Military Honor Park. Grab a drink in the tasting room of the Satek Winery, but not before hitting Indiana's oldest zoo, the Potawatomi Zoo.