Hoosier Highways and Byways

Activities, Midwestern US Itinerary

When visiting Northeast and East Central Indiana, groups experience these wonderful area charms.

Duration: 4 Days

Available: Year-round

This Itinerary is Ideal For: All

Day 1

Arrive in Anderson, IN for a tour of Anderson’s centerpiece of art and culture, Paramount Theatre & Ballroom.  The theater was built in 1929 and scheduled for demolition in 1989 before a group of investors rallied to save her. Home to one of just three Grand Page Organs in the United States, the theatre also features a magical night sky with twinkling stars.

Visit an Anderson favorite, Good’s Candy & Ice Cream Shop. Good’s dates back to the 1940s. You’ll view the making of its finest chocolates; hand dipped and soft served ice cream, popcorn and Randy Good’s newest offering, Root Beer. The candies make perfect gifts for the folks back home. ‘

Check into your group friendly hotel before departing for dinner.

Your group will enjoy dinner at one of Anderson’s motor coach friendly dining facilities.

Day 2

It’s on to Alexandria and The World’s Largest Ball of Paint. Yes, this one-of-a-kind attraction weighing 2.5 tons with 26,000 coats of paint does exist. You’ll be the talk of the party back home when you tell your friends there’s a baseball under all that paint.

After a short drive, we’ll stop at the James Dean Gallery in Fairmount, the cultural icon’s hometown. The museum exhibit and gift shop are located in an exquisitely restored 1903 Victorian home. Thousands of James Dean memorabilia are on display, along with paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Enjoy lunch in Kokomo at the PASTArrific Italian Restaurant. Authentic Italian menu items are available, along with chicken, beef and seafood.

Enjoy a scenic drive to Greentown and a stop at the Greentown Glass Museum. More than 2,000 pieces of glass are on display. Next. it’s on to the headquarters of Blondie’s Cookies for a tour and sampling. Blondie’s makes more than 20 varieties of cookies and three types of brownies, daily.

Seiberling Mansion

Return to Kokomo and check into your accommodations to relax and refresh before departing to dinner. Enjoy dinner and a tour at the historic Seiberling Mansion. Construction was completed in 1891 and since 1972, the mansion has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checkout and visiting one of Kokomo’s treasures, Kokomo Opalescent Glass Co. In its 131st year, this is America’s oldest glass company. Witness hand-ladled and rolled glass from a 2,500-degree oven and watch artistic glass blowers create in the Hot Glass Studio. Allow ample time for a visit to the gift shop.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass bowl

Travel to North Webster for a relaxing tour of Webster Lake on The Dixie Boat. Your 75-minute boat ride will be on Indiana’s oldest sternwheeler paddleboat built in 1929. Return to Warsaw and check into your group-friendly accommodations for a little rest and relaxation before departing for dinner this evening.

Dixie Boat

Dine on the shores of Winona Lake at The BoatHouse. This premier restaurant features outstanding food in an upscale casual setting. Both the view of the lake and the group menu are extensive.

Day 4

After breakfast and checkout visit DePuy Synthes, one of the leaders in the orthopedic industry. You’ll trace the beginning of the company and the industry from 1895 when a young pharmaceutical salesman Revra DePuy began manufacturing the first fiber splints. Next stop is the Warsaw Biblical Gardens. Situated on a ¾ acre site, every effort was made to plant and achieve historical and botanical accuracy. Groups receive a book of all plants, flowers, trees and herbs with biblical references. Lunch will be at the American Table Restaurant, a local’s favorite with a made-to-order menu and great service. 

Depart Hoosier land with a sweet taste in your mouth and wonderful memories.


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