Traditions, Collections and Culture

Illinois & Indiana
5 days/4 nights
224 miles / 358 km


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 at South Bend, Indiana

South Bend to Elkhart

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

Elkhart to Michigan City

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

Merrillville to Chicago

Travel back to Chicago for your return flight home from O’Hare International Airport.

35 miles / 56 km