9 days in Indiana Itinerary

9 days in Indiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Indiana trip planner

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South Bend
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Paoli
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 3 nights
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Lafayette
— 2 nights
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Fair Oaks
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South Bend

— 1 day
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Studebaker National Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our South Bend trip builder app.

Chicago to South Bend is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in South Bend, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paoli.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites · Museums

Paoli

— 2 nights
Paoli is a town in Paoli Township, Orange County, in the U.S. On the 13th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on Indiana Caverns, view the masterpieces at Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, and then head outdoors with Wilstem. On the next day, Head underground at Marengo Cave, then take an in-depth tour of Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Bluespring Caverns, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gus Grissom Boyhood Home.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paoli trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from South Bend to Paoli by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In September, daily temperatures in Paoli can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Paoli

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 3 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Exotic Feline Rescue Center and Conner Prairie. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like White River State Park and Schooner Valley Stables. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Room Fishers, and explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Paoli to Indianapolis takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 2 nights
Lafayette is a city in and the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, located 63mi northwest of Indianapolis and 105mi southeast of Chicago. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Columbian Park Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, and then gain insight at Purdue University. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Lane Place, then whizz through the canopy at Indiana Zipline Tours, Inc., and then take the plunge with Skydive Indianapolis.

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Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Lafayette takes 1.5 hours. In September in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Fair Oaks.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Fair Oaks

— 1 night
Fair Oaks is an unincorporated community in Union Township, Jasper County, Indiana.HistoryFair Oaks was made a station on the railroad built through that territory in the early 1880s. On the 20th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Fair Oaks Farms.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fair Oaks visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Fair Oaks takes an hour. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. September in Fair Oaks sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.
Highlights from your trip

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.