5 days in Indiana Itinerary

5 days in Indiana Itinerary

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Indianapolis
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Bloomington
— 1 night
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Paoli
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South Bend
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Indianapolis

— 1 day

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.
On the 30th (Sun), learn about all things military at Indiana War Memorial, then look for gifts at Rocket Fizz, then examine the collection at Indiana State Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Indianapolis. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bloomington.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Bloomington

— 1 night
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County in the southern region of the U.S. state of Indiana. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Salt Creek Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, then do a tasting at Oliver Winery, and finally gain insight at Indiana University.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bloomington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Bloomington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Bloomington, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Paoli.

Things to do in Bloomington

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Paoli

— 1 night
Paoli is a town in Paoli Township, Orange County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. On the 1st (Tue), Head underground at Marengo Cave, then see the interesting displays at French Lick West Baden Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Spring Mill State Park.

Plan trip to Paoli with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Bloomington to Paoli takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to South Bend.

Things to do in Paoli

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

South Bend

— 2 nights
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Potato Creek State Park, examine the collection at Studebaker National Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and finally make a trip to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, do a tasting at Shady Creek Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Michigan City Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the South Bend road trip site.

Drive from Paoli to South Bend in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Paoli in June since evenings lows in South Bend dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in South Bend

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.