‘The Hoosier State’, or the US state of Indiana, is the least extensive state in the contiguous United States west of the Appalachian mountains. Located in the Great Lakes and midwestern regions of North America, Indiana is bordered by Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, and Illinois to the west, while Lake Michigan borders the state on the northwest and the Ohio River separates it from Kentucky on the south. Indiana’s capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Climate in the state is described as humid continental, with cold winters and warm, wet summers.
What to see & do
As the state is mostly rural, tourists’ vacation in Indiana will most likely consist of outdoor adventure activities that involve nature. Southern Indiana is where you will find farms that run up against hills and forests. Further into southwestern Indiana are heavily forested hilly highlands, populated with caves. For the modern establishments like shopping districts, dining, and a vibrant nightlife, head to the Nine-County region, comprising the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area. Sights in Indianapolis include museums, monuments and memorials, and a canal walk with paddleboats and public art. Outside the cities are parks and recreation areas; one of the most popular is Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which features enormous dunes, crystal clear water, swampy forests, and scenic views. Other prominent destinations in Indiana include Brown County State Park, Chain O’ Lakes State Park, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Hoosier National Forest, John Mellencamp’s Mansion, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Prophetstown State Park, and Turkey Run State Park. When visiting Indiana during early to mid-August, don’t miss the Indiana State Fair, the biggest summer event in the state.
How to get around within Indiana
Living up to its motto “The Crossroads of America”, Indiana has more Interstates than any other state its size. The motto also refers to the state’s historical status as a major railroad hub. Indiana is also served by Amtrak. The daily train service travels between Indianapolis and Chicago, passing through Lafayette and a few other towns. South Shore Line connects northern Indiana to Chicago, with stops at Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, Ogden Dunes, Beverly Shore, Michigan City, Hudson Lake, and South Bend.
How to get there
The major airport in Indiana is the Indianapolis International Airport, located 11 kilometres southwest of downtown Indianapolis. The largest airport in Indiana, Indianapolis International Airport is near the interstate highways I-65, I-69, I-70, and I-74, connecting to Indianapolis’ I-465 beltway. The airport is served by Air Canada Express, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and US Airways Express, with flights from many cities around the United States, as well as a few flights from Canada and Mexico. Other airports in Indiana are Evansville Regional Airport, Fort Wayne International Airport, and South Bend International Airport. Airports from nearby states also cater to travellers going to Indiana: Louisville International Airport in Louisville Kentucky for the southern part, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Florence, Kentucky for the southeastern part, and O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago for Northwest Indiana.