#44 best destination in the world

Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana Dunes National Park

Best time to travel: April-June
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • State Park established in 1925, and located in Porter County, bounded by Lake Michigan and surrounded by Indiana Dunes National Park
  • The Dunes Nature Preserve makes up the bulk of eastern part of the park, and includes most of the park’s hiking trails and dune landscape
  • Preserving the Indiana Dunes has resulted from the efforts of many citizens and politicians

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Best time to travel: Sept-early Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • An encyclopedic art museum with exhibitions, classes, tours, and events, many of which change seasonally
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art has a permanent collection that comprises over 54,000 works, including African, American, Asian, and European pieces
  • Significant areas of the collection include: Neo-Impressionist paintings; Japanese paintings of the Edo period; Chinese ceramics and bronzes; paintings, sculptures, prints, and a growing contemporary art collection
  • Other areas of emphasis include textiles and fashion arts, as well as a recent focus on modern design

Trail 8, Brown County State Park

Best time to travel: late Oct
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Brown County State Park opened in 1929, and is known for its scenic views of the hills of southern Indiana
  • Both are the home of a wide variety of trees that attract visitors each year when the vegetation transforms to its autumn colors
  • Visitors will find a rustic atmosphere, enhanced by an infrastructure that was mostly constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis

Best time to travel: April-June, early Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Museum located in Indianapolis, and houses an extensive collection of visual arts by indigenous peoples of the Americas, as well as Western American paintings and sculptures collected by businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg
  • The museum houses one of the finest collections of Native contemporary art in the world

Turkey Run Outer Loop, Turkey Run State Park

Best time to travel: Aug
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • The origin of the name “Turkey Run” is unknown, but the most accepted theory is that wild turkeys would congregate for warmth in the gorges (or “runs”), where early settlers could easily trap and hunt them
  • Turkey Run also includes a system of trails, Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve, a suspension bridge across Sugar Creek, camping sites, and other recreational areas

Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

Best time to travel: April-June, early Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Museum located within White River State Park in Indianapolis
  • The museum houses exhibits on the science, art, culture, and history of Indiana from prehistoric times up to the present day
  • The museum is also the site of the state’s largest IMAX screen

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Best time to travel: late May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Automobile racing circuit located in Speedway, an enclave suburb of Indianapolis
  • It is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Verizon 200, and formerly the home of the United States Grand Prix
  • With a permanent seating capacity of 257,325, it is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world
  • On the grounds of the speedway is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which opened in 1956, and houses the Hall of Fame