8 days in Indiana Itinerary

8 days in Indiana Itinerary

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Drive
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South Bend
— 1 day
Drive
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Indianapolis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bloomington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Claus
— 2 nights
Fly

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South Bend

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Studebaker National Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, then take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our South Bend trip builder.

Milwaukee to South Bend is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in South Bend can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites · Museums

3
nights
Indianapolis

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.
Bring the kids along to Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, admire the striking features of Scottish Rite Cathedral, learn about all things military at Indiana War Memorial, and don't miss a visit to USS Indianapolis Memorial.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Indianapolis trip planning website.

Drive from South Bend to Indianapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bloomington.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

2
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Bloomington

Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County in the southern region of the U.S. On the 28th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum, admire the natural beauty at The Miller House and Garden, look for gifts at The Wild Olive, then stroll around Brown County State Park, and finally trek along Salt Creek Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at WonderLab, gain insight at Indiana University, and then get interesting insight from Indigo Birding Nature Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bloomington road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Bloomington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Bloomington sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
nights
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 30th (Sun): cool off at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at O'Bannon Woods State Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Marengo Cave, then contemplate the long history of Santa Claus Museum, and finally look for gifts at Santa Claus Christmas Store.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Claus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bloomington to Santa Claus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Claus

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.