- Central Indiana - Counties across the center of the state including the capital city of Indianapolis.
- Southern Indiana - Rolling hills and cave country.
- Indianapolis — State Capital
- Bloomington — Home of Indiana University
- Evansville — Home of University of Evansville and University of Southern Indiana
- Fort Wayne — The second largest city in the state
- Gary — An industrial town close to Chicago
- West Lafayette — Home of Purdue University
- Muncie — Home of Ball State University
- South Bend — Home of the University of Notre Dame
- Terre Haute — Home of Indiana State University
- John Mellencamp's Mansion — in the small town that song was about
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park 401 S. 2nd St, Vincennes. +1 812-882-1776. 
- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 1100 N. Mineral Springs Rd. +1 219 926-7561. 
- Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial 2916 E. South St. +1 812 937-4541. 
- Brown County State Park
- Chain O' Lakes State Park
- Charlestown State Park
- Clifty Falls State Park
- Falls of the Ohio State Park
- Fort Harrison State Park
- Harmonie State Park
- Lincoln State Park
- McCormick's Creek State Park
- Mounds State Park
- O'Bannon Woods State Park
- Ouabache (Wabash) Trails Park
- Pokagon State Park
- Potato Creek State Park
- Prophetstown State Park
- Shades State Park
- Shakamak State Park
- Spring Mill State Park
- Summit Lake State Park
- Tippecanoe River State Park
- Turkey Run State Park
- Versailles State Park
- Whitewater Memorial State Park
- Indiana is mostly rural with high population concentrations in a few major cities/towns. The majority of Indiana is open farmland, though this is changing with expansion.
- The vast majority of Indiana is on Eastern Time and -- as of 2006 -- does now observe Daylight Savings Time; a few counties near Chicago and around Evansville are on Central Time.
Indianapolis International Airport  is the major airport in the state with flights to many cities around the country. Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend offer flights to nearby hub cities. Air service is also available from nearby airports in Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville.
Numerous interstate highways enter and leave the state. Interstates 80 and 90 form the Indiana Toll Road in northern Indiana, linking Gary, South Bend and Ohio. Interstate 94 hugs most of Lake Michigan from Illinois to Michigan. Interstate 65 is the major north-south route from Gary south to Indianapolis then entering Kentucky at Louisville. Interstate 70 is the busiest east-west route linking Illinois (at Terre Haute) with Ohio (at Richmond), passing through Indianapolis midway. Interstate 74 does the same thing, except it enters near Danville, Illinois and leaves near Cincinnati. Interstate 64 crosses southern Indiana from Illinois (25 miles northwest of Evansville) to New Albany. Interstate 69 runs from northeast Indiana, out of Michigan, through Fort Wayne to Indianapolis, where it ends (there are plans to extend it to Evansville and eventually to Texas). Interstate 275 (the Cincinnati bypass) briefly enters Indiana for about five miles. US 41 extends from Gary to Evansville and is the major north-south route through western Indiana.
- Indiana's motto is "The Crossroads of America" and it is deserving. Indiana has more Interstates (14) than any other state it's size, although the original name comes from all the railroad tracks that went through the state.
- Amtrak offers a daily train service from Indianapolis to Chicago and vice versa. The fare is reasonable (about 15-25 dollars each way). The train also passes through Lafayette as well as a few other towns along its way to Chicago. The time of travel is roughly about 4.5 hours as compared to about 3-3.5 hours by car.
- Hoosier National Forest
- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
- Covered Bridges in Parke County and other central west counties
Festivals and Events
- late April Thunder Over Louisville Clarksville and Jeffersonville.  The opening ceremonies to Louisville, Kentucky's Kentucky Derby Festival. Thunder Over Louisville is the largest annual fireworks show in the country, and the best viewing is along the Indiana shore of the Ohio River. If you plan to get a good seat, prepare to come the day before and camp. In the afternoon, private and military aircraft provide a magnificent airshow. After sunset, the fireworks begin and last nearly half an hour.
- Early-Mid August Indiana State Fair State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis.  The biggest summer event in the state. A trip to Indiana isn't complete without a trip to the fair. Animals, crafts, art, rides, dancing, eduation, enviromentalism, Hoosier Pride and FOOD!! I go at least 2-3 times within the two week period. They also have live music and concerts. Prairie Home Companion comes every other year.
- Mid-September Lanesville Heritage Weekend Lanesville.  A fall festival typical of many in southern Indiana. Is similar to a county fair, but later in the year. Local food and crafts are available, while rides and tractor and truck pulls provide entertainment.
- Early October West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Evansville. Called the second largest street festival in the United States after Mardi Gras. It takes place on several blocks of Franklin Street on the west side of the city during the first full week of October. The main attraction of the festival is its food booths which sell a large variety of foods including brain sandwiches and chocolate-covered grasshoppers. The festival draws over a hundred thousand visitors every fall.
- Early-mid October Harvest Homecoming Festival New Albany.  The largest festival in southern Indiana brings participants from miles around. The festivities begin with a Saturday morning parade through the streets of New Albany. THe festival lasts for several weeks, and includes vendor booths downtown and carnival rides.
- Mid October Feast of the Hunters' Moon Lafayette,  The Feast re-creates early 18th century life near the site of Fort Ouiatenon, a French trading outpost.
- College sports- Indiana is home to many Division I NCAA schools, including: Ball State University (Muncie) Butler University (Indianapolis), IUPUI (Indianapolis), Indiana State University (Terre Haute), Indiana University (Bloomington), Purdue University (West Lafayette), University of Evansville (Evansville) and University of Notre Dame (South Bend).
- Racing- The Indianapolis 500 race is the most attended sporting event in the world. It's common to see many vendors and spectacular displays during the pre-race (most notably the singing of "Back Home Again In Indiana" by Jim Nabors and the overfly of the stealth bomber at the conclusion of the National Anthem). Also don't forget the Allstate 400 (formerly the Brickyard 400) NASCAR race and the F-1 Race held every summer in Indianapolis. IRP (Indianapolis Raceway Park) also holds the grand nationals of drag racing at it's facility. IRP is located about 10 miles west north-west of Indianapolis in Hendricks County
- Racing- Salem Speedway.  Home to many small-circuit races throughout the year, Salem is often called the "fastest half mile in the world." With only a chain-link fence separating the pit lane from the infield, Salem offers a more interactive fan experience than many larger tracks.
Largely rural, Indiana has a fairly low crime rate per capita. In 2003 (the latest year for which data is available) it ranked 30th in crimes per 100,000 population. Large urban areas are exceptions like the former steel town Gary and the outlying Chicago area in the Northwest and certain segments of Indianapolis.
While outside of Tornado Alley, Indiana has a fairly high occurrence of tornados. You might want to check the Tornado safety page if you are visiting Indiana.
- Illinois - America's crossroads, Illinois lies across Indiana's western border, making Chicago an ideal day-trip destination.
- Kentucky - Indiana's neighbor to the south is known for its rolling hills, horses, and rural inhabitants, offering travelers a less-visited but tremendously beautiful destination.
- Ohio - Located to the east of Indiana, the city of Cincinnati is a short drive from southeastern Indiana.
- Michigan - Indiana's northern neighbor borders four of the five Great Lakes and features stunning natural beauty.
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