Indiana is a beautiful state to discover by touring in an RV rental from Cruise America. If you are thinking of a road trip here are some great stops to make in this beautiful part of the U.S.:
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Head towards this national lakeshore in your motorhome rental to explore the graceful dunes, bogs, marshes and forest teeming with wildlife such as butterflies and badgers. Created in the one of the most heavily populated places in the United States, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore runs along 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has 15,000 acres to explore. Enjoy summer and winter activities in this protected area of Indiana.
For bird watchers, the sandy beach is a treasure trove where they can discover different species of birds. Also, there are multiple trials across the terrain consisting of robust dunes, forest cover, prairies, rivers and wetlands spreading over 50 miles which offer a varied hiking experience.
If you fancy catching some fish, the Little Calumet River presents a worthy challenge for you, especially during the summer. You can indulge in relaxed fishing by the lake at the Portage Lakefront fishing pier as well if you want to take it slow.
If you plan your trip to coincide with the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Festival you and the family will enjoy taking part in several pre-planned outdoor activities with other tourists where you can have fun while making new friends.
Spring Mill State Park
Another educational yet fun stop to make on your trip with your RV rental is the Spring Mill State Park. The park (sitting on 1,400 acres) offers a many family friendly activities. Tour Pioneer Village (which is free for all visitors to the park) that depicts life in the 19th century in Indiana. See the Gristmill built out of limestone in 1817 and which, surprisingly, still grinds corn even today.
Visit the blacksmith shop to get a feel for how it was to fashion metal objects manually and how crucial of a service it was to the economy in the early 1800’s. Leaf through the collection at the pottery shop to see the clay works of art from that period.
Military Memorials, Monuments and Museums
Indianapolis is second only to Washington, DC in the number of war memorials. According to visitindiana.com, Indianapolis devotes more acreage than any other U.S. city to honoring our nation’s fallen. Take 2-3 days and you can visit 9 memorials and parks dedicated to honoring our nation’s heroes.
Hoosier National Forest
The Hoosier National Forest is 202,814 acres of forest land divided into four sections offering various outdoor treats for you during your RV trip with the family. Go bird watching with the family for a quiet outdoor activity that will get you to discover bird species that you never knew existed.
Witness the majesty of floral beauty as you explore the world of wildflowers. Other activities at Hoosier forest include hiking, biking, and fishing. After an adventurous day, you and the family can sit around the campfire and bond after pitching camp for the night in one of the camping areas.
RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum
No RV trip in Indiana would be complete without passing through the RV/MH hall of fame in Elkhart. Here the classic and revered campers of yesteryears are on display for every RV lover to gush over and admire. Learn about the history behind the famed camper and trace its lineage.
You will get to see firsthand how the RV design evolved over the years to what it is today and what every stage of the evolution brought to the camping table. As a nod to the culture, the museum represents, overnight parking is allowed to enable you to take in the sights and sounds of the museum in your very own RV. For every enthusiast, this is a worthwhile stop on the trip.
Traversing Indiana in your Cruise America RV rental can be fun and educational. Mark out the best areas you want to visit and plan your trip to take you through all your spots with enough time to enjoy your stay. Better yet, consider buying your own RV! At Cruise America, we have tons of used RVs for sale, so take your pick and enjoy!