17 days in Indiana & Badlands National Park Itinerary

17 days in Indiana & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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Michigan City
— 1 night
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Auburn
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Madison
— 1 night
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Corydon
— 2 nights
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Vincennes
— 2 nights
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Terre Haute
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
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Michigan City

Michigan City is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Indiana Dunes National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Michigan City Beach, then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Windy City, and then learn about winemaking at Shady Creek Winery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Michigan City trip planner.

Chicago to Michigan City is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Michigan City, with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Auburn.

Things to do in Michigan City

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

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Auburn

Auburn is a city in DeKalb County, Indiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, then examine the collection at National Automotive and Truck Museum (NATMUS), and then see the interesting displays at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Pokagon State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park, and then stop by Yoder Popcorn.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Auburn online road trip planner.

Getting from Michigan City to Auburn by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Michigan City to Auburn due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Auburn can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Auburn

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Nashville

Nashville is a town in Washington Township, Brown County, Indiana, United States. On the 6th (Tue), Head underground at Bluespring Caverns, contemplate the long history of Spring Mill State Park, then take an in-depth tour of Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Brown County Pioneer Museum and Old Log Jail. On your second day here, kick your exploration up a notch at Holler Hoppin' Zip Lines, then do a tasting at Oliver Winery, and then deepen your understanding at Indiana University.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nashville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Auburn to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. In July in Nashville, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Madison.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Madison

Madison is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Indiana, United States, along the Ohio River. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Historic District, then get a dose of the wild on Rockin Thunder River Tours, then immerse yourself in nature at Clifty Falls State Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madison trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nashville to Madison in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nashville in July; daily highs in Madison reach 87°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Corydon.

Things to do in Madison

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Corydon

Corydon is a town in Harrison Township, Harrison County, Indiana. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Indiana Caverns, then kick your exploration up a notch at Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures, and then Head underground at Squire Boone Caverns. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at French Lick West Baden Museum, get outside with Wilstem, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Marengo Cave.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Corydon road trip planning site.

Getting from Madison to Corydon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vincennes.

Things to do in Corydon

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Vincennes

Vincennes is a city in and the county seat of Knox County, Indiana, United States. On the 11th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Grouseland (William Henry Harrison Mansion), examine the collection at Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, and then examine the collection at Indiana Military Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vincennes trip planner.

Getting from Corydon to Vincennes by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Vincennes can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Terre Haute.

Things to do in Vincennes

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Terre Haute

Terre Haute is a city in and the county seat of Vigo County, Indiana, United States, near the state's western border with Illinois. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Candles Holocaust Museum, then see the interesting displays at Clabber Girl Museum, and then have fun and explore at Terre Haute Childrens Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Terre Haute itinerary builder app.

Getting from Vincennes to Terre Haute by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Terre Haute, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Terre Haute

Museums · Childrens Museums

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Badlands National Park

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Explore hidden gems such as Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Big Badlands Overlook. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sage Creek Wilderness Area and South Dakota's Original 1880 Town. When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior, approximately Interior away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, trek along Castle Trail, look for gifts at Badlands Ranch Store, and stroll through Door Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park tour website.

Explore your travel options from Terre Haute to Badlands National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Terre Haute to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Terre Haute in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Indiana travel guide

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Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.