6 days in Indiana Itinerary

6 days in Indiana Itinerary

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6 days in Indiana Itinerary

Start: Chicago
train:  45​min
1
Hammond
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
South Bend
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Fort Wayne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Santa Claus
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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day
Hammond

Hammond ©
Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond, then trek along Oak Savannah Trail, and then stop by Albanese Candy Factory.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hammond trip planner.

Chicago to Hammond is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hammond, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to South Bend.

Things to do in Hammond

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Albanese Candy Factory, Oak Savannah Trail
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Horseshoe Hammond ©
Horseshoe Hammond

1
night
South Bend

South Bend ©
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll around Spicer Lake County Park, get engrossed in the history at Studebaker National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame, and finally make a trip to River Lights Plaza.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our South Bend travel route app .

Drive from Hammond to South Bend in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Fort Wayne.

Things to do in South Bend

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Spicer Lake County Park
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Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
University of Notre Dame ©
University of Notre Dame
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes ©
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes

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night
Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne ©
Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at National Automotive and Truck Museum (NATMUS), examine the collection at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and finally browse the collection at Allen County Public Library.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Wayne driving holiday planner .

You can drive from South Bend to Fort Wayne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Fort Wayne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Auburn
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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo ©
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Allen County Public Library ©
Allen County Public Library

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then explore the galleries of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and finally have fun at Lucas Oil Stadium. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Indianapolis Zoo, then make a trip to Central Canal, and then try your luck at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis journey website .

You can drive from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Fun & Games Museums Casinos

Side Trip

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
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Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©

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night
Santa Claus

Santa Claus ©
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Immaculate conception, and then get in on the family fun at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Claus itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Indianapolis to Santa Claus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Santa Claus sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Claus

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Monastery Immaculate conception
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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari ©
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Saint Meinrad Archabbey ©
Saint Meinrad Archabbey

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