The Indianapolis 500 draws a multitude of racing fans to Indiana’s state capital each year, but the Circle City also has a wealth of destinations for those who want to explore museums, restaurants and more. Plan a trip to the shores of Lake Michigan to visit Indiana Dunes National Park, explore rural small towns across the state or make a weekend getaway to college towns such as Bloomington, West Lafeyette or South Bend in the fall to take in some of Indiana’s storied college football programs.

A costumed historical interpreter and visitor at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana (photo by Aimed Photography LLC)

Pioneer times come to life in Fishers, Indiana, with costumed historical interpreters and activities straight from the 19th century.  

The Mayberry Cafe in Danville, Indiana (photo courtesy of Visit Hendricks County)

This restaurant on the town square in Danville, Indiana, pays tribute to one of the most beloved TV shows of the 1960s. 

Skaters on the Howard Park Ice Trail in South Bend, Indiana

This South Bend, Indiana, destination features a refrigerated ice trail — a continuous, 15-foot-wide, 650-foot-long loop that gradually dips and climbs. 

Man takes photo of hot air balloon in Bloomington, Indiana (photo courtesy of SkyVista Ballooning)

Several companies in and around Bloomington, Indiana, offer hot air balloon excursions that ride high above the changing leaves. 

Rusted Silo Southern Barbecue & Brew House in Lizton, Indiana (photo courtesy of Visit Hendricks County)

Dig into some of the state’s best barbecue at this small-but-mighty railside spot in Lizton, Indiana

The Bradley in Fort Wayne, Indiana (photo courtesy of Visit Fort Wayne)

The decor and feel of this colorful hotel in Fort Wayne, Indiana is inspired by the visual look of Vera Bradley products. 

Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana (photo by Kristina Smith)

The outdoor recreational opportunities at this Angola, Indiana, park range from camping and hiking to horseback riding and paddling.  

Indiana Dunes National Park in Porter, Indiana (photo courtesy of National Park Service)

Explore the history of the region as well as the nature supported by the Hoosier State’s famous lakeside sand dunes in Porter, Indiana. 

Marengo Cave in Marengo, Indiana (photo courtesy of destination)

This U.S. National Landmark in Marengo, Indiana, offers two walking routes: the 1/3-mile Crystal Palace and the one-mile Dripstone Trail.

Monon Trail in Indianapolis, Indiana (photo courtesy of destination)

This rail-to-trail conversion in Indianapolis, Indiana, is ideal for walking and cycling and has a dozen access points across the area.