Indiana is a state with fields of green corn, golden wheat, and other crops central to the world’s food supply. It is called The Crossroads of America and is part of the American Midwest. Indiana is famous for its love of basketball and has produced stars such as Louie Dampier and Larry Bird. Due to glacial action, most of the state’s surface has been modified and is now left with sand, gravel, and glacial deposits. Use our resources below to plan your own trip to this state we once called home.
First, a little history…
The name ‘Indiana’ means ‘land of the Indians’. French explorers were the first settlers to arrive in Indiana in the 1670s. In 1754, a war broke out between the British and French over the fur trade. Britain won the war in 1763, and Indiana became a part of the British Empire. In 1783, Indiana was transferred to the US, and in 1816, it became the 19th state to enter the union.
Travel Guides for this State
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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world. The museum provides a learning experience not only for children but adults as well. It has many indoor and outdoor exhibits, including a children’s theater, a planetarium, and a fascinating ‘Tree of Sports’ playground. The museum is quite famous for its full-size dinosaur skeletons, including one of the world’s few mummified dinosaurs.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was re-designated as the country’s 61st national park in 2019. The park overlooks the shores of Lake Michigan and presents a unique landscape with a breathtaking sunset. Indiana Dunes might be your best choice if you are looking for a beach day. You can go biking and hiking in the adjacent park of the same name. The destination is also famous for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during winter.
RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum
In the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum, you will find various recreational vehicles from multiple decades. People interested in RVs can look at the different rigs Americans have been using since the 1920s. Exhibits to see include the ‘Road Back in Time’ walking tour and Mae West’s 1931 Chevrolet Housecar.
First Christian Church
Amazingly, this small church in this smaller town has an incredible piece of architecture designed by one of the most extraordinary design families in the US. Designed by Eliel Saarinen, the First Christian Church in Columbus was constructed in 1942. The church has a 160 feet high tower, and unlike the other churches built during that time, it has a structure that is not traditional at all. The church’s architecture also makes it one of the first buildings in the USA that had a contemporary style. Wondering who this family is, check out the design competition for the Gateway Arch or JFK Airport in New York.
Snite Museum of Art
The Snite Museum of Art is located on the University of Notre Dame campus and has a comprehensive collection of 19th and 20th-century artworks that span different cultures and eras. The museum building was constructed in 1980. The collection of artworks inside the museum includes Mesoamerican effigies, European painting and sculpture, and Native American ceramics. From Tuesday to Saturday, the public can visit the museum without any entrance fee.
Some other notable places:
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
Studebaker National Museum
Prophetstown State Park
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art
WonderLab Museum of Science
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