Indiana, best known as the Hoosier state, is a national treasure filled with history, culture, and natural beauty that will keep you coming back for more. As you venture through this great state you can visit the metropolis of Indianapolis, a cultural mecca as well as the home to the infamous Indy 500.
If you are looking for a small town experience in Indiana try heading to the town Nashville or Madison where you can take in some of Indiana’s country charm. If you are looking for an authentic, Hoosier experience, you can head down south to South Bend to take in the genuine Indiana spirit. While venturing through this great state you can check in to one of Indiana's novel bed and breakfasts that are guaranteed to provide a cozy home away from home for your Indiana vacation.
Indiana’s heritage starts in 8000 BC, with migratory native americans claiming this vast territory as their own. Heading into the 1600s, the first Europeans made their way to Indiana, staking their claim on this land in the name of France. Throughout its history Indiana has been claimed by many, but finally received statehood in 1816 becoming the 19th state in the United States. Since then Indiana played a major role in events like the Civil War, The Indiana Gas Boom, and The Golden Age of Literature giving Indiana a history like no other that can be experienced throughout this great state.
The state of Indiana is divided into three notable regions: the great lakes plains, the tipton till plains, and the southern hills. The great lakes plains are characterized by perpetual rolling plains that lead to the shores of Lake Michigan. This part of Indiana is mostly farmland and open space creating an environment that is perfect to get away from the grind of daily life. Heading to central Indiana you will find the tipton till plains. Here you will find the Indianapolis metropolitan area, an area filled with commerce, culture, and ample activities for everyone in the family. Here you will also find some of Indiana's larger Universities; such as Butler, Indiana State, and Purdue. Heading south you will find yourself in the southern hills area of Indiana, notably one of the most unique areas in the state. Here you will be surrounded by open forest, the beautiful banks of the Ohio River, and massive limestone quarries. No matter what area of Indiana you choose, you are sure to suit the needs of any traveler.
In Indiana the weather can vary greatly based on what part of the state you decide to visit. Overall, for most of the state the summers are longer with warm temperatures and high humidity. You can head to the shores of Lake Michigan for some more mild summer temperatures with some lovely lake breezes. In the winter months expect colder temperatures getting down into the 20s, and with Indiana's open plains be prepared for high winds that can possibly make it feel even colder.
Indiana embodies the essence of the Midwest, with its welcoming spirit, Americana feel, and historic roots making it the perfect place for any traveler. Indiana is the home to bustling cities like Indianapolis, that offers a variety of cultural activities, outdoor events, educational museums and of course the Indy 500. Heading out to the Indiana countryside, you will find small towns like Columbus Indiana. Columbus is a hidden architectural gem, boasting some of the most unique and beautiful buildings in the midwest. With daily architectural tours of this eccentric city, you can experience some of the best in Midwestern architecture. If you are looking for a town steeped in tradition, head to infamous South Bend. As the home to the University of Notre Dame you can become part of the University’s heritage, taking part in the game day festivities or you can check out the infamous Basilica of the Sacred Heart located in the heart of campus. Heading north of Indianapolis you can find Indiana's quaint waterfront town of Michigan City. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan you can take in beautiful lake views along the miles of Michigan City beach. No matter where you decide to spend your Indiana vacation, you will be greeted with a midwestern charm that Indiana is infamous for.
Indiana has an extensive list of activities you can take part in, no matter the region or amount of time you have in this beautiful state. You can head to the state capital of Indianapolis, where you can stroll the streets of the historic district. Here you can visit the many shops, galleries, and quaint cafes and restaurants that are all within walking distance of many of the area's quaint bed and breakfasts. If you would like a different vibe, head down south to the Kentucky border. Here you can visit one of the many Indiana state parks that offer a beautiful wooded getaway to escape the hustle and bustle. To open your mind and your perspectives you can visit one of the many Amish communities that are spread throughout the state of Indiana. Indiana boasts the third largest Amish community in the United States, making it a great place to experience the Amish culture. This expansive state offers activities that can suit the needs of any family member or traveler that will guarantee a trip to remember.
In Indiana the weather can vary greatly based on what part of the state you decide to visit. Overall, for most of Indiana the summers are long with warm temperatures and high humidity. If you would like slightly milder summer temps head to the shores of Lake Michigan for some cooling lake breezes. In the winter months you can expect colder temperatures, getting down into the 20s. If you are in the open plains region of Indiana be prepared for high winds that can possibly make it feel even colder in those winter months.
While in Indiana you can chow down on some midwest favorites like chili, fried sweet corn, country fried steak, and sugar cream pie that will leave you with a strong sense of Americana. If you are in the thriving metropolis of Indianapolis make sure to check out the Das Dutchman Essenhaus, the largest Amish style restaurant in Indiana. Here you will find some renowned generations-old recipes that will leave you wanting more. If you would like some traditional meals head to Shapiros, a top delicatessen that is famous for its corned beef and brisket. As you head outside of the city you will find the unique Zydecos. A cajun themed restaurant that serves up cuisine that will make you feel like you are on Bourbon street. Heading further away from the hustle and bustle of the city you will find Bonge’s Tavern, an eclectic bar scene that will blow you away with their outstanding stuffed duck and New York Strip.
All throughout the state of Indiana you will find bed and breakfasts that are guaranteed to make your trip one to remember. From romantic getaways, family vacations, and girls trips you are sure to find a bed and breakfast that is perfect for the occasion. You can find amenities that you have only dreamed of for your perfect bed and breakfast vacation. From charming interiors and unique guest rooms, to friendly staff and personal touches that feel like home, you can find it all at an Indiana bed and breakfast.
With the expansive list of Indiana bed and breakfasts you are sure to find one with the amenities that will make the perfect place for your vacation. You can start off your day with a delicious gourmet breakfast made with fresh, local ingredients that will keep you coming back for seconds. Head down to the unique and cozy lounge to relax or check in with the friendly innkeepers to find some local activities. After your long touring the Indiana country side, come back to your welcoming guest room, donned with luxurious linens, top of the line furniture, and your private bath that may even have a private hot tub setting the scene to relax the evening away. Indiana bed and breakfasts are full of amenities that are sure to make your stay a comfortable one.
If you are looking to stay in the Indianapolis area, you can easily walk to many nearby attractions in this metropolitan city. If you are not up to walking you can hop on the Indygo, the public transportation system that can get you anywhere in the city in a flash. If you are planning to get outside of the city it is highly suggested that you rent a car from Indianapolis international airport. By renting a car you are in full control of your trip and can venture through the Indiana countryside.
In the beautiful midwest state of Indiana you can find some of the most beautiful, romantic, and relaxing bed and breakfasts that are sure to create the trip of your dreams. If you are heading up north, you will find the quaint Arbor Hill Inn in the town of Laporte. This beautifully appointed, upscale bed and breakfast is certain to please any guest. At this charming B&B you can choose from one of the many distinctive rooms that are full of luxury and character that feel like home. If you are heading through central Indiana, you can visit the eclectic town of Wabash. Here you will find the Harrold on Hill, this authentic victorian home has been turned into a luxury bed and breakfast that will make you feel like you took a walk back in time. Appointed with historic timepieces, large fireplaces, and cozy fixtures you will be sure to create a cozy home away from home. Heading down south to South Bend you will find the luxurious Oliver Inn. Situated right in the downtown area you will be close to all the action at the University of Notre Dame. In the beautifully appointed rooms you will enjoy luxury amenities that will make you feel like you’re at a five star resort.
No matter your destination or choice of B&B, you will be sure to have truly beautiful and unique experiences that are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.