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    Indiana, situated in the Midwest, is known as the 'Crossroads of America', with multiple national highways intersecting within its borders. This makes it easy to travel through the state's scenic stretches of rural land. Northern Indiana is particularly beautiful, bordering Lake Michigan and encompassing the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore with sandy beaches and expanse of wildflowers. Other scenic routes include the lanes of the Amish country in the northeast, the alleys of Wayne County, the historic covered bridges of Parke County, or the picturesque Ohio River byway in the south.

    Perhaps because of its long history of settlers and their clashes with Native Americans, or its strength in corn and soybean production, the state's name tends to conjure images of endless farmland and the pastoral lifestyle. In fact, the nickname for Indiana residents, 'Hoosiers', may derive from the pioneers' shout of 'Who's here?' when travellers knocked on remote cabin doors. The origin remains a subject of debate, but Hoosiers are proud of the nickname regardless.

    The Hoosier state is a powerhouse in the sports world. It is home to the Indianapolis 500, one of the world's premier racing events, and to the Indianapolis Colts, one of the most competitive teams in the NFL. And, of course there is Indiana basketball, immortalized in the film 'Hoosiers', which approaches a religion. The state has a professional NBA team, the Indiana Pacers, but Hoosiers are equally enthusiastic about college basketball, including the Indiana University team. In education, too, Indiana is at the forefront. Top institutions like the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University and DePauw University, and their sports teams, are located here.

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    The Indianapolis 500 takes place each May, but the iconic Speedway remains an exciting attraction all year round. In addition to hosting other racing events, including motorcycle racing, it is the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, which has a huge collection of memorabilia and racing, classic and antique cars, as well as Brickyard Crossing, a Pete Dye-designed golf course with four holes inside the raceway oval. Visitors can explore the museum, or join a tour of the entire grounds. Buses offer the chance to take a lap on the track, and the Indy Racing Experience allows people to experience the track as a passenger in a real Indy racing car.

    Address: 4790 W. 16th Street
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    NCAA Hall of Champions

    Americans follow university athletics with as much passion as they do professional sports. The Hall of Champions' 25,000-square-feet of exhibit space capture the traditions, historic moments, student athletes, and coaches of the 23 sports administered by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and 88 national championships. The museum has two levels of exhibits and offers interactive areas for visitors to compete both digitally and hands-on. It even has a 1930s retro basketball gymnasium. The Campus Corner gift shop offers all the NCAA logo merchandise a college sports fan could imagine. Though perhaps not an exciting attraction for the uninitiated, fans of American college sport will be enthralled by the NCAA Hall of Champions.

    Address: 700 W. Washington Street, White River State Park
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    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

    The only museum of its kind in the Midwest, the Eiteljorg Museum contains one of the best Native American and Western art collections in the world. Designed to encourage appreciation and understanding of the cultures of the indigenous peoples of North America, the museum showcases work by contemporary artists like N.C. Wyeth and Georgia O'Keeffe. It also displays art and artefacts including pottery, woodcarvings and apparel, of the Delaware, Miami, Potawatomi and many other Native American cultures. A great attraction for families visiting Indianapolis, the museum also has a number of interactive exhibits children will love, including a stagecoach, totem pole, and wigwam. In addition, a number of events are hosted throughout the year, including storytelling on Saturdays, outdoor markets and concerts, and social dances.

    Address: 500 W. Washington St, White River State Park
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    Indianapolis has a humid subtropical climate, experiencing hot, humid summers (June to August) with average temperatures ranging from 64°F (18°C) to 89°F (32°C). Winters are cold, dipping down to 24°F (-4°C) in January, and occasionally getting as cold as -15°F (-26°C), although this is rare. Snowfall is unpredictable; while some years receive almost no snow, occasional blizzards can bring as much as 19 inches (48cm) in a 24-hour period. Spring is the wettest time of year, with May receiving up to 12.5 inches (32cm) of rain. The best time of year to visit Indianapolis is late summer and early autumn (August to October).

    Indiana generally has cold winters and hot, humid summers with higher temperatures towards the south. Lake Michigan modifies the northern temperatures and also creates higher precipitation than in the rest of the state, with more snowfall in winter. Autumn is a pleasant time to travel to Indiana with lower humidity and sunny skies, while spring is often unstable and has high incidences of thunderstorms and tornadoes.

    In the capital, Indianapolis, summers (June to August) see average temperatures ranging between 64°F (18°C) and 89°F (32°C), and the winters (December to February) are cold, with temperatures dipping down to 24°F (-4°C) in January, and occasionally getting as cold as -15°F (-26°C).

    The best time to visit Indiana is summer and autumn, between June and October.

    Indianapolis International Airport
    Location: The airport is located 15 miles (24km) from downtown Indianapolis.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: The Ground Transportation Center, located on the lower level of the parking garage, offers connections to shuttles, hotel courtesy vehicles, limousines and the IndyGo bus service. The bus departs the airport to downtown Indianapolis, and single fares are $1.75. Many area hotels also offer free shuttle transfers.
    Car Rental: Rental car counters are located at the Ground Transportation Center on the first floor of the Terminal Garage. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty offer services.
    Airport Taxis: Taxi services are available at the curb on the lower level of the terminal just outside Baggage Claim. All taxis are metered, although there is a $15 minimum charge for all airport fares. Tipping is expected.
    Facilities: Facilities at the airport include a food court, concourse restaurants, shops and a guest services centre (offering a lost and found, visitor information and business services). There are also ATMs and currency exchange services, a games room, a barber shop, a spa, nursing rooms, shoe-shine services, a meditation room and a USO Lounge.
    Parking Parking is available in a multi-level garage, as well as additional long-term and economy lots connected to the terminal by a free shuttle service. Long-term parking rates at Indianapolis International Airport are $9 per day in the economy lot, and $14 per day in the Park & Walk lot, or $2 per half hour in the short-term parking garage.
    Evansville Regional Airport
    Location: The airport is located nine miles (14km) north of Evansville.
    Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: There is no public transportation to Evansville Airport, however shuttle services are provided to many nearby hotels, and taxis are available.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies operating from the airport include Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.
    Airport Taxis: There are several taxi companies operating from the airport. Pick-up fees start from $3, and metered rates are around $2 per mile (1.2km). There is also a fixed rate service to anywhere in Evansville for around $25 with the company Feller Limousine and Sedan.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include an airport lounge, restaurant, cocktail lounge, travel agents, conference facilities, lockers, a gift shop, and information desk.
    Parking Short-term parking is free for the first hour, and $2 for each additional hour up to a maximum daily rate of $16. Long-term parking is free for the first hour, then $0.50 for each additional hour up to a maximum daily rate of $7, and a weekly rate of $35.
    Website: www.flyevv.com
    Fort Wayne International Airport
    Location: The airport is located nine miles (14km) southwest of Fort Wayne.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: There is no public transport available. However there are hotel shuttles, rental cars, taxis and limousines are all available at the airport.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies operating from the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Taxi companies including Taxi by Simone, American Taxi, Economy Taxi, Yo Taxi, and Royal Taxi operate at the airport.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include a restaurant and coffee shop, a business centre, children's play areas, art exhibits, and an ATM. Incoming passengers are also given a freshly-baked cookie at the Welcome Center, which has an information desk and charging stations.
    Parking The short and long-term parking lots are free for the first 30 minutes. The short-term lot charges $2 for the first half hour, and $2 for each additional hour or fraction thereof. The long-term lot charges the same per hour or fraction thereof. Short-term parking is located opposite the terminal and has a daily maximum of $14. Long-term parking has a daily maximum of $9, while the economy lot, located farthest from the terminal, has a daily rate of $8 and a weekly rate of $44. Note that the economy lot does not accept cash payments and is credit card only.
    South Bend International Airport
    Location: The airport is located four miles (6km) northwest of South Bend.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: The South Shore rail line connects the airport with cities throughout north-western Indiana. Bus companies include Interurban Trolley and Transpo, which offer services to Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Toledo. Uber and Lyft are available.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies operating from the airport have desks in the baggage claim area. These include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available on the main drive outside of the terminal's front entrance. The companies that have been authorised to operate include Eagle Cab, Modern Cab, and United Cab.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include a restaurant and bar, a snack shop, an information centre, newsstands, ATMs, a business centre, and a mother's nursing room.
    Parking Short-term parking is located opposite the terminal. The first 30 minutes are free, then parking is charged at $2 per hour up to a daily maximum of $14. Long-term parking is $1 per hour up to a daily maximum of $9. Economy, which is located farthest from the terminal, is $1 per hour up to a daily rate of $9 and a weekly rate of $45.
    Website: www.flysbn.com
    Indiana

    Indianapolis' multitude of major highways makes the self-drive option quite convenient. Traffic congestion, however, can be a problem. Public transportation is provided by IndyGo at $1.75 per single ride and $4 per all-day pass. The red and green lines service downtown attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping and nightlife spots.

    Indianapolis is a major Midwestern metropolis, with no end of attractions for curious visitors. A walking tour of the city includes major landmarks such as the Indiana State Capitol building, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Indiana War Memorial, and the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

    On pleasant days, Indianapolis has a number of parks and gardens to enjoy, including the White River Gardens, Garfield Park Conservatory, the Oldfields-Lilly Estate, and of course the Indianapolis Zoo.

    There are plenty of cultural attractions in Indianapolis, as the city boasts more than a dozen excellent museums. Families will want to visit the Holbomb Observatory and Planetarium and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis; while history buffs can enjoy the Conner Prairie Living History Museum, the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

    The city also offers a number of art galleries and performing arts venues, and is home to fun summer events like the Indiana State Fair, the Rib America Fest, Bands of America Grand Nationals, and the Indy Fringe Festival.