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Traditions, Collections and Culture
From the Windy City to The Hoosier State, this itinerary will take you from the urban jungle of Chicago, Illinois to the rural communities of Indiana.
Explore Amish Country as you travel across Northern Indiana and follow in the footsteps of James Dean in Fairmont.
- Illinois & Indiana
5 days/4 nights
224 miles / 358 km
Stages of the trip
Arrive Chicago to South Bend
Arrive into Chicago and drive to South Bend, Indiana home to the Studebaker National Auto Museum, Northern Indiana Center for History, University of Notre Dame, and the exiting new College Football Hall of Fame.
93 miles / 149 km
Suggested overnight atSouth Bend, Indiana
Enjoy the quiet traditions of the Amish lifestyle with the Heritage Trail or Furniture Crafter’s Audio Tours. Your back road journey of Northern Indiana Amish Country may include an Amish dinner and hand-crafted quilt shopping.
15 miles / 24 km
Suggested overnight at Elkhart, Indiana
Travel south to Fairmont and visit the hometown, museum and grave sight of the legendary Hollywood star, James Dean. Afterwards, travel back up to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.
51 miles / 82 km
Suggested overnight at Michigan City, Indiana
Michigan City to Merrillville
Start your day with charter boat fishing on Lake Michigan, then make a stop at Prime Outlet Mall. In the afternoon, visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park and climb Mt. Baldy, a living sand dune. In Lake County, visit any of the three casinos, and enjoy top name entertainment at the Star Plaza Theater.
30 miles / 48 km
Suggested overnight at Merrillville, Indiana
Travel back to Chicago for your return flight home from O’Hare International Airport.