16 days in Indiana Itinerary

16 days in Indiana Itinerary

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16 days in Indiana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Fort Wayne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Indianapolis
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Bloomington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Santa Claus
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Hammond
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
South Bend
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne ©
Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. On the 1st (Fri), have some family-friendly fun at Room to Escape. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, then meet the residents at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and then get lost in a book at Allen County Public Library.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fort Wayne online driving holiday planner .

New York City to Fort Wayne is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Fort Wayne at 50°F and lows at 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Pokagon State Park, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo ©
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Pokagon State Park ©
Pokagon State Park
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary ©
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

4
nights
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kids will enjoy Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Conner Prairie. Change things up with these side-trips from Indianapolis: Johnson County Superior Court Building (in Franklin), Indiana Grand Racing & Casino (in Shelbyville) and Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino (in Anderson). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Indianapolis Museum of Art, make a trip to Central Canal, and enjoy some diversion at Lucas Oil Stadium.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Indianapolis trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bloomington.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Conner Prairie, Johnson County Superior Court Building, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
Highlights from your plan
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo
Conner Prairie ©
Conner Prairie

2
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County in the southern region of the U.S. On the 8th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Exotic Feline Rescue Center, then do a tasting at Oliver Winery, and then gain insight at Indiana University. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at WonderLab, walk around Brown County State Park, and then get a taste of life in the country at Midwest Trail Ride.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bloomington tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Indianapolis to Bloomington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Midwest Trail Ride, Brown County State Park
Highlights from your plan
Exotic Feline Rescue Center ©
Exotic Feline Rescue Center
WonderLab ©
WonderLab
Indiana University ©
Indiana University

3
nights
Santa Claus

Santa Claus ©
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Attractions like Holiday World & Splashin' Safari and Marengo Cave make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Claus: French Lick (French Lick West Baden Museum & French Lick Casino), Harrison County Discovery Center (in Corydon) and Hemlock Cliffs in Hoosier National Forest (in English). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Santa's Candy Castle, do a tasting at Winzerwald Winery, and explore the galleries of Santa Claus Museum.

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Santa Claus vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Bloomington to Santa Claus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Santa Claus are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hammond.

Things to do in Santa Claus

Nature Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

French Lick, Harrison County Discovery Center, Hemlock Cliffs in Hoosier National Forest, Winzerwald Winery, Marengo Cave
Highlights from your plan
Marengo Cave ©
Marengo Cave
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari ©
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa's Candy Castle ©
Santa's Candy Castle

1
night
Hammond

Hammond ©
Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. On the 13th (Wed), look for gifts at Albanese Candy Factory, then experience rural life at County Line Orchard, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hammond route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Santa Claus to Hammond takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santa Claus to Hammond. When traveling from Santa Claus in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Hammond, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to South Bend.

Things to do in Hammond

Fun & Games Shopping Casinos

Side Trips

County Line Orchard, Albanese Candy Factory
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Hammond ©
Horseshoe Hammond
County Line Orchard ©
County Line Orchard

3
nights
South Bend

South Bend ©
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Family-friendly places like Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park and Compton Family Ice Arena will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Bend: Teaberry Wood Products (in Middlebury), Century of Progress Architectural District (in Beverly Shores) and Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, see the interesting displays at Hesston Steam Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame, and take in the pleasant sights at River Lights Plaza.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the South Bend day trip planning website .

Getting from Hammond to South Bend by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Hammond to South Bend is 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in South Bend are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Bend

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hesston Steam Museum, Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park, Teaberry Wood Products, Indiana Dunes State Park, Century of Progress Architectural District
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park ©
Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park
Hesston Steam Museum ©
Hesston Steam Museum
Compton Family Ice Arena ©
Compton Family Ice Arena

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