Let’s get ready to embark on an incredible road trip adventure right here in the heartland! Indiana and its surrounding areas offer an array of drivable destinations that are perfect for a fun and unforgettable vacation with your family or your best girlfriends. So buckle up, turn up the music and let's hit the road for a fabulous getaway!

Maybe your first stop will be the vibrant city of Indianapolis, known for its dynamic arts scene, incredible cuisine and thrilling sporting events. Explore the Indianapolis Museum of Art, indulge in delicious farm-to-table dining and catch a Colts game if you’re a sports enthusiast. Make sure to take a stroll through the picturesque White River State Park and visit the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for an adrenaline-pumping experience.

Perhaps next you’ll head south to the charming town of Nashville, Indiana. This quaint and artsy destination is nestled in the beautiful Brown County and is a haven for artists, nature lovers and antique enthusiasts. Browse through the delightful art galleries, hike the scenic trails of Brown County State Park and pamper yourselves with a relaxing spa day. Don’t forget to check out the local shops for unique crafts and souvenirs to commemorate your trip.

Looking for a lakeside retreat? Head to the gorgeous shores of Lake Michigan and visit the lively Michigan City. Enjoy sun-kissed beaches, water sports and breathtaking sunsets over the lake. Explore the charming downtown area with its boutiques, art galleries and cozy cafes. And if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at the nearby Blue Chip Casino.

Perhaps you are looking for some European charm? Make your way to the picturesque town of Madison, situated on the banks of the Ohio River. Take a leisurely stroll along the riverfront, explore the well-preserved historic district with its stunning architecture and indulge in delicious cuisine at one of the charming local eateries. If you’re a history buff, make sure to visit the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site for a glimpse into the state’s past.

Last but not least, let’s venture to the serene Amish countryside in Shipshewana. Experience the simple and peaceful way of life in this quaint town, known for its Amish culture, charming markets and horse-drawn buggies. Explore the bustling flea market where you can find unique crafts, handcrafted furniture and homemade ice cream. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor mouthwatering Amish cuisine at Das Essenhaus, including delectable pies, fresh doughnuts and hearty comfort food.

There you have it! A fantastic lineup of drivable destinations in and around Indiana that promise adventure, relaxation and unforgettable experiences. So gather your girlfriends or your family, hit the road and embark on a journey filled with laughter, bonding and memories that will last a lifetime. This is your time to unwind, explore and create stories that you’ll be reminiscing about for years to come. Get ready for the road trip of a lifetime!

Road Trip Checklist:

  • Playlist of your favorite songs that you can’t help but belt out!
  • Your favorite form of caffeine
  • Something sweet and something salty
  • Go-Bag full of essentials including a change of clothes
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Umbrella or rain jacket
  • Cash
  • Charging cord/portable phone battery
  • Sunglasses

Drivable destinations close to home —


  • Exploration Acres
  • Prophetstown State Park
  • Wolf Park
  • Colombian Zoo/ Tropicanoe Cove
  • Turkey Run State Park
  • Shades State Park
  • Fair Oaks Farms
  • Brown County State Park
  • Williamsport Falls
  • Indiana Beach

Northern Indiana:

  • Chicago (Chicago Children’s Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry and more!)
  • Indiana Dunes
  • Potawatomi Zoo
  • Shipshewana Flea Market
  • Deep River Water Park

Indy area:

  • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Conner Prairie
  • Holiday World
  • Indy Motor Speedway Museum
  • Big Splash Adventure Indoor Waterpark & Resort
  • WonderLab Science Museum
  • Indiana Caverns

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