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Sports reign supreme in Indiana. The Hoosier state is home to the Indianapolis 500 and a roster of champion football and basketball teams. Many homes and farms boast makeshift basketball nets where future stars can practice winning hoops. But Indiana is so much more – twenty-four state parks, four national protection areas, hundreds of lakes and reservoirs, and more than 2,600 known caves. It’s a vacation heaven offering the canal town of Metamora, architectural mecca of Columbus, arts and crafts village of Nashville, covered bridges of Parke County, swirling winds of pristine Indiana Dunes, peaceful Amish country, living history museum ...

Sports reign supreme in Indiana. The Hoosier state is home to the Indianapolis 500 and a roster of champion football and basketball teams. Many homes and farms boast makeshift basketball nets where future stars can practice winning hoops. But Indiana is so much more – twenty-four state parks, four national protection areas, hundreds of lakes and reservoirs, and more than 2,600 known caves. It’s a vacation heaven offering the canal town of Metamora, architectural mecca of Columbus, arts and crafts village of Nashville, covered bridges of Parke County, swirling winds of pristine Indiana Dunes, peaceful Amish country, living history museum at Conner Prairie, awesome atrium at West Baden Springs Hotel, howling wolves at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, unusual Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington, and grave of actor James Dean in Fairmount.

The “Crossroads of America” features scenic drives on dusty country lanes, busy highways and rural byways. Enjoy Christmas year round in the tiny town of Santa Claus with its popular Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari amusement park, regularly voted tops in cleanliness, friendliness and affordable fun.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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