There’s no shortage of things to do in Indianapolis, but sometimes you just need to get out of the city. Here are 7 day trips, all within a 2-hour drive of Indianapolis, to help you plan your next escape.
1. Madison, IN
The historic town of Madison is located on the Ohio River Scenic Byway in Southern Indiana. This town consists of over 2,000 structures found on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a historical tour or simply look around you as you stroll down the charming streets. You’ll find many antique and specialty shops, coffee houses, ice cream parlors, and sweet shops. For more ideas on what to do, visit http://visitmadison.org/
2. Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, IN
Located in the quaint river town of Madison, Clifty Falls State Park offers some of the best hiking and scenery in Indiana. Winter and spring are the best times to see the park’s namesake waterfalls. If you’d like to extend your trip, plan to stay in the park’s campsite or inn. For more information, visit the park’s website here.
3. Nashville, IN
Located just an hour south of Indianapolis in beautiful Brown County, Nashville, Indiana offers visitors gourmet restaurants, toe-tapping music, and dozens of arts and crafts shops on scenic and very walkable streets. If you are feeling more adventurous, take advantage of the nearby hiking or biking trails or try zip lining at the Rawhide Ranch.
4. Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard, Ellettsville, IN
Oliver wine can be purchased at many retailers in Indianapolis, but stopping by their vineyards is worth the hour drive. Guided walking tours of the vineyard include a private tasting and a gourmet cheese and meat platter. Plan your trip to coincide with the vineyard’s summer concert series, Tunes On The Terrace. The vineyard offers other annual events such as the Bluegrass Bash and Vines, Pines, and Inclines run/walk so be sure to check their website to see which events are coming up.
5. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, New Castle, IN
If there is one thing we Hoosiers love, it’s our basketball. In under an hour’s drive, you can visit the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, IN. The museum is 14,000 square feet and takes you all the way back to the 1890s, when Indiana basketball was born. Visit their website for details to help plan your visit.
6. Parke County, IN
Parke County is known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World” after its 31 covered bridges. Parke County is also Amish country and you’ll find several Amish farms and stores. Visit Parke County in February/March for the Maple Syrup festival or in October for the Covered Bridge Festival. For more information on Parke County, visit http://www.coveredbridges.com.
7. Levi Coffin House, Fountain City, IN
The History Channel listed the Levi Coffin House as one of the top 25 historic sites in the country and it’slocated just over an hour from Indianapolis. More than 2,000 fugitive slaves stopped by this historic house that was a part of the Underground Railroad. For tour information, visit http://www.waynet.org/levicoffin/
With so many exciting places to visit outside of Indianapolis, the only question is which day trip will you take next?