18 days in Indiana Itinerary

18 days in Indiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Indiana trip itinerary planner

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Fort Wayne
— 3 nights
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South Bend
— 3 nights
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Hammond
— 2 nights
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Santa Claus
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Fort Wayne

— 3 nights
Explore Fort Wayne's surroundings by going to Auburn (Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum & Eckhart Park), Nickel Plate Trail (in Peru) and The Village at Winona (in Winona Lake).

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Fort Wayne trip tool.

Baden-Baden, Germany to Fort Wayne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, car, and bus. Traveling from Baden-Baden to Fort Wayne, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Baden-Baden in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Wayne: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to South Bend.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

South Bend

— 3 nights
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Change things up with these side-trips from South Bend: Shipshewana (Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park & Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours) and Elkhart (RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum & Ruthmere). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, walk around Central Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, and go for a walk through The Riverwalk.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the South Bend travel route planning website.

You can drive from Fort Wayne to South Bend in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in South Bend sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hammond.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hammond

— 2 nights
Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery, try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond, and then trek along Oak Savannah Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, then admire the majestic nature at Indiana Dunes State Park, and then stroll around Lakefront Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hammond online travel planner.

Getting from South Bend to Hammond by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from South Bend to Hammond due to the time zone difference. In September in Hammond, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Hammond

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Claus

— 2 nights
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): Head underground at Marengo Cave, then get outside with Wilstem, and then view the masterpieces at Bear Hollow Wood Carvers. On the next day, make a splash at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Claus trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Hammond to Santa Claus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September in Santa Claus, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Santa Claus

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights
Nashville is a town in Washington Township, Brown County, Indiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): walk around Brown County State Park, then stroll through Salt Creek Trail, then deepen your understanding at Indiana University, and finally stroll through Pate Hollow Trail. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on Indigo Birding Nature Tours, look for gifts at The Wild Olive, then admire the natural beauty at The Miller House and Garden, and finally walk around Mill Race Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Claus to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Claus in September, expect Nashville to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 4 nights

Circle City

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Indianapolis: Zionsville (Grapevine Cottage & Hopwood Cellars Winery), Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield) and Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino (in Anderson). The adventure continues: have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, don't miss a visit to Central Canal, get to know the resident critters at Indianapolis Zoo, and examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Indianapolis trip maker app.

You can drive from Nashville to Indianapolis in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Nashville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Indianapolis, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

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.