Indiana is a state crazy for sports. Hence, many of its cities and towns are built around local sports teams and events. If you are interested in exciting sporting hysteria, this is the state to visit.
The state’s capital and largest city, Indianapolis, is home to two of the biggest auto races in America, the Indianapolis 500 in May, and the Brickyard 400 in August. These two events alone attract thousands of visitors to the city every year. The city is also home to the National Art Museum of Sport. This museum houses work done in the Soviet Realist style, ancient Greek sculptures depicting Olympic athletes, and more. For basketball fans, also of note in the city is the NCAA Hall of Champions.
In addition to the sports, the city is also home to the Indiana Medical History Museum which chronicles the history of medicine from the old barbershops to the present, and the Indiana State Museum, which documents the history of the state.
The state’s second largest city, Fort Wayne, has a colorful history. Founded by the French in 1697, and held briefly by the Native Americans during the 1790’s Pontiac’s Rebellion, it was renamed after the man who conquered it, Anthony Wayne. The city is home to an excellent philharmonic orchestra and a museum devoted entirely to Abraham Lincoln memorabilia.
Kokomo and Evansville are both cities of note, Kokomo being home to the first commercially built automobile and a museum dedicated to its maker, Elwood Hayes, and Evansville for its wonderful zoo and aviary.
A drive around this state will reveal some beautiful lakeshore areas and some fantastic historic and archaeological sites.
One of the most fascinating places in the Midwest is Mounds State Park. In this park you will find bizarre gigantic earthwork mounds. Built by the Adena-Hopewell people in the 1st or 2nd century BC, the mounds were created long before Columbus arrived in the Americas. Before the white man came to the area the people were gone, leaving a site for tourists and a puzzle for scholars.