8 days in Indiana Itinerary

8 days in Indiana Itinerary

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8 days in Indiana Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Fort Wayne
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Shipshewana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Indianapolis
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Bloomington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Columbus

few
hours
Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne ©
Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look for gifts at DeBrand Fine Chocolates and then get lost in a book at Allen County Public Library.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Wayne vacation maker app .

Columbus to Fort Wayne is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shipshewana.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Shopping
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DeBrand Fine Chocolates ©
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
Allen County Public Library ©
Allen County Public Library

2
nights
Shipshewana

Shipshewana ©
Shipshewana is a town in Newbury Township, LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Yoder's Shopping Center, then don't miss a visit to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, then see the interesting displays at RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Pokagon State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Shipshewana trip planner .

You can drive from Fort Wayne to Shipshewana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Shipshewana

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Pokagon State Park, Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum
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Pokagon State Park ©
Pokagon State Park
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum ©
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum
Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park ©
Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Columbus Architecture Tours and Soldiers & Sailors Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Indianapolis side-trips: Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum (in Columbus), Lafayette (Columbian Park Zoo & Room Escape Games) and Purdue University (in West Lafayette). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at White River State Park, contemplate the long history of Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, admire the striking features of Scottish Rite Cathedral, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Monon Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Shipshewana to Indianapolis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Bloomington.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Tours Trails

Side Trips

Lafayette, Columbus, Monon Trail, Purdue University
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White River State Park ©
White River State Park
Scottish Rite Cathedral ©
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Rocket Fizz ©
Rocket Fizz

2
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County in the southern region of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): learn about winemaking at Oliver Winery, then stroll through Spring Mill State Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Bluespring Caverns. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Exotic Feline Rescue Center, then contemplate the long history of Brown County Pioneer Museum and Old Log Jail, then stop by Nashville, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bear Wallow Distillery.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bloomington travel planner .

Traveling by bus from Indianapolis to Bloomington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Bloomington can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nashville, Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Spring Mill State Park, Bluespring Caverns
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Spring Mill State Park ©
Spring Mill State Park
Bear Wallow Distillery ©
Bear Wallow Distillery
Exotic Feline Rescue Center ©
Exotic Feline Rescue Center

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