IndianaIndiana, a Great Lakes state of the Midwest, is noted for its citizens’ passion for basketball and farming, as well as its Native American history. The state is also a great travel destination, with many beautiful state parks, great shopping, and much more.

For those sports fans in your family, go to an Indiana basketball game. The Indiana Pacers of Indianapolis provide NBA level excitement, but the state is better known for its college teams including the Butler Bulldogs, the Indiana St. Sycamores, with whom Larry Bird played in college, the Indiana Hoosiers, and most famously the Purdue Boilermakers. The University of Notre Dame is best known for its football team, the Fighting Irish, typically on the hunt for the national title. Racing is also very popular; Indiana hosts the most famous race in America: the Indianapolis 500.

Indianapolis, the capital, is the largest city in the Hoosier State, and arguably the most exciting. There are countless museums to visit, including the Indiana State Museum, which showcases the state’s history all the way back to the prehistoric age. The Indiana War Memorial honors veterans of Indiana and documents all of the wars in which the United States has been involved.

For nature-loving families, Indiana has many interesting parks and trails to explore, including the Indianapolis Zoo. The George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, is an all green park with a bronze statue of Clark, the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest,” and information on his life. Central Indiana is home to one of the most popular parks, Turkey Run State Park, where visitors can take a look at the sandstone cliffs and cool off in Sugar Creek.

Fort Wayne, the second largest city, is a fun stop for curious and active kids. Science Central is a great interactive children’s museum and Fort Wayne Children’s Museum has 38 acres full of animals. The African Journey is its newest exhibit, and the Sky Safari is a fun ride through the zoo’s version of the Indonesian Rain Forest.

Indiana welcomes visitors year-round to enjoy the fantastic city attractions, historic Native American venues, and Midwestern charm.

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