Your journey continues south to Crawfordsville, where you will visit the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. The Indiana native and Civil War hero Wallace is most famous for writing the religious epic Ben-Hur, and visitors can see artifacts from his life and stroll the stately grounds. Spend the rest of your morning touring nearby Parke County, the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World.” Groups can admire 31 preserved rustic bridges that dot the countryside and learn about the region’s Miami Nation history.
Spend your afternoon in Terre Haute and the CANDLES Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Founded by Eva Kor in 1984 to locate twins who survived the experiments of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, the museum tells the stories of Holocaust survivors and Kor’s journey to forgiveness. Other Terre Haute attractions will include the Swope Art Museum (a collection of over 2,500 American works) and the Clabber Girl Museum (where you’ll learn about the famous baking powder).
Your first stop today will be the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Host to the famous Indianapolis 500, the complex also houses one of the world’s largest collections of race cars and antique vehicles. You’ll explore the grounds on a narrated bus ride that includes visits to the media center, Pagoda, victory platform and Gasoline Alley Suite. Continue downtown for an Indianapolis Memorial Tour. Highlights include the USS Indianapolis Memorial (which honors the single greatest loss of life in U.S. Navy history) and the famous Soldiers and Sailors Monument (a 284-foot-tall limestone tower in the heart of downtown). Spend the rest of your afternoon touring the boutiques and galleries of Massachusetts Avenue, a cultural district with easy pedestrian accessibility and a rich arts history. Your next stop is Conner Prairie, an 800-acre living history attraction in nearby Fishers that recreates 19th century pioneer life. Visitors can sail the skies on the 1859 Balloon Voyage and tour the immersive 1836 Prairietown. Spend your evening at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, which offers Broadway-caliber stage shows and a savory buffet of signature beef.