Indianapolis has long been called the “Crossroads of America.” While that may mean that we are living in a “flyover state” as far as people from the east and west coasts are concerned, it also means that we are lucky enough to be living within in reasonable driving distance of some great destinations. Check out some of these roadtrips below. (Drive distances calculated from downtown Indianapolis.)
Chicago, IL. Driving distance: 182 miles, 2 hours 51 minutes — With it’s shopping, attractions and entertainment, Chicago is the perfect destination for romantic escapes, girlfriend getaways and family fun. Because I’m not keen on driving in Chicago traffic, I suggest taking the Megabus or Amtrak.
St. Louis, MO. Driving distance: 242 miles, 3 hours 41 minutes — St. Louis is known for, among other things, its free entertainment. The St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center and Anheuser Busch Brewery are just a few of the free attractions the city has to offer.
Louisville, KY. Driving distance: 114 miles, 1 hour 45 minutes — Bourbon, Corvettes, horses and baseball bats are just a few of the things you’ll find in abundance in Louisville. The National Corvette Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum are two things that make this a quick roadtrip to please any guy’s guy.
These next two cities are not as obvious a destination as Chicago, St. Louis, and Louisville, but they are relatively easy drives worth the roadtrip.
Fort Wayne, IN. Driving distance: 120 miles, 2 hours — Located in northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne is home to Vera Bradley, a homegrown company gone global well-loved for its lines of patterned purses, luggage and accessories. The annual April outlet sale held at the Fort Wayne Coliseum is a destination in its own right. The city is also home to several minor league sports teams including the Fort Wayne Komets (hockey), Mad Ants (basketball) and the TinCaps (baseball). In fact, I’d say that the Tincaps’ home venue, Parkview Field rivals — and perhaps nudges out — our own Victory Field.
Evansville, IN. Driving distance: 168 miles, 2 hours 52 minutes — Because my husband was born and raised in Evansville, I’ve made this trip multiple times. My single greatest piece of advice is to take the new I-69 route, but be sure to make a bathroom stop before you get on I-69 (the road is so new there are not a lot of places to pitstop on the way). Once you’re in Evansville, check out the Children’s Museum of Evansville. If you are a golfer, plan a “Discovery Visit” to Victoria National Golf Course, ranked #47 on Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”
Of course, the best part of traveling is often coming back to home sweet home.