4-Day Itinerary from North to South Indiana
Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Indiana, where a four-day itinerary unfolds from the northern reaches to the southern landscapes of the Hoosier State. Begin your adventure amidst the scenic wonders and vibrant cities of the northern region, where the legacy of the Great Lakes and bustling urban life converge. As you journey southward, discover the diverse tapestry of Indiana’s culture, history, and natural beauty. From the thriving communities along the shores of Lake Michigan to the picturesque landscapes and historic landmarks in the southern expanse, this North to South Indiana itinerary promises an immersive exploration of the state’s multifaceted charm. Get ready to uncover the hidden gems and distinctive character that define each part of Indiana along this captivating route.
Enjoy These Great Indiana Destinations and More:
- Fair Oaks Farms
- Wolf Park
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
- Beef & Boards Dinner Theater
- Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
- and plenty more
Indiana: North to South, DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 in Indiana
Begin your tour at Fair Oaks Farms, a popular agritourism stop just off I-65. The sprawling complex includes themed barns like Dairy Adventure (where guests can witness a live cow birth) and Pig Adventure (see newborn piglets up close). For lunch, enjoy the COWfé’s famous grilled cheese sandwich with Fair Oaks chocolate milk or dine at the Farmhouse Restaurant, which serves meat, vegetables and cheese sourced from Fair Oaks and other local farms.
Continue south on I-65 to Lafayette/West Lafayette, home to Purdue University and Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum. The famous 1811 battle saw William Henry Harrison’s U.S. forces emerge victorious over Chief Tecumseh’s Native American confederation. Next, embark on a tour of Wolf Park, an educational facility dedicated to improving public understanding of wolves. Groups can see the resident wolves, foxes and coyotes and witness a demonstration where staff enter the enclosure and interact with the socialized wolves. Conclude your day with a visit to Samara, an exceptionally preserved Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home that was built for Purdue professor John Christian and his wife.
DAY 2 of Things to Do in Indiana
Your first stop in Indiana’s capital city is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for a look at one of the world’s best collections of race cars and antique vehicles. Explore the speedway’s grounds (home to the Indianapolis 500) on a narrated bus ride around the famed 2.5-mile track, visiting the media center, Pagoda, victory platform and Gasoline Alley Suite.
Spend the afternoon touring the boutiques and galleries of Massachusetts Avenue, a cultural district with easy pedestrian accessibility and a rich arts history. Or schedule a visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum or Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Another option is Conner Prairie in Fishers, a recreated 19th century pioneer village.
Spend your evening at Indianapolis’ Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, a group favorite that offers Broadway-caliber shows and a buffet featuring its signature beef. Upcoming musicals include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The King and I, The Wizard of Oz and Million Dollar Quartet.
DAY 3 of Activities in Indiana
Travel south to Columbus, a paradise for fans of architecture and design. Tours from the visitor center focus on homes, churches and other buildings designed by some of the world’s most celebrated architects. Columbus also takes pride in its public murals. And don’t miss Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, a beautifully restored relic of yesteryear, complete with melodious sounds emanating from the 1908 self-playing organ.
Head to French Lick and the French Lick West Baden Museum, which tells the area’s resort, circus and baseball history. Then tour the West Baden Springs Hotel. Called the Eighth Wonder of the World when it opened in 1902, it sports a cavernous circular atrium. Or view some 35 types of exotic animals on a drive-thru safari at nearby Wilstem Wildlife Park.
Day 4 of Experiencing Indiana
Continue south to Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital. Tour the old capitol building (in service from 1816 to 1825) at the Corydon State Capitol Historic Site. Then visit the Harrison County Discovery Center, which has interactive exhibits on the Battle of Corydon, the only Civil War battle fought in Indiana.
In the afternoon, stop by Zimmerman Art Glass factory for a demonstration of fine glass objects being modeled right before your eyes. Next, take a pontoon cruise through Indiana Caverns, the state’s longest cave.
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