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nander
03-17-2009, 12:28 PM
Since we have a national rally coming up I thought it might be nice to list some of the things to see in Indiana and the area around Elkhart and Goshen. Here are some that I have come up with... feel free to add to this list as I know there are many many more. This might help first time visitors plan their trip.
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INDIANA


Indianapolis - Indy 500 Museum in Speedway (an Indianapolis suburb) http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/
Indianapolis - Indianapolis 500 mile speedway (tours are available)
Brown County - south central Indiana - beautiful scenery and state park
Elkhart - Recreational Vehicle museum http://rv-mh-hall-of-fame.org/museum.html
Elkhart - New York Central Railroad museum
Elkhart - Heartland Recreational Vehicle manufacturing tour
Goshen - Elkhart County Fairground (site of Heartland National Rally) http://www.4hfair.org/
Elkhart County - large Amish population can be seen by driving the countryside - watch out for buggies and bicycles http://www.amishcountry.org/manufacturers.and.factory.tours?community=middlebu ry
Elkhart County - beautiful farms
Michigan City, Michiagan - Indiana Dunes Park has huge sand dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan - wear comfortable walking and climbing shoes if you intend to climb the dunes
Middlebury - Das Essenhaus (great food) http://www.essenhaus.com/
Elkhart - RV Surplus and RV Factory Surplus (across the street from each other) http://www.rvsurplussalvage.com/
Elkhart - Farmers Market - just off of Hwy 19 http://www.americancountryside.us/market/
Monticello - Indiana Beach Amusement Park http://www.indianabeach.com/
W. Lafayette - Tippecano Battlefield St. Monument http://www.wvec.k12.in.us/battle/associat.html
W. Larayette - Wolf Park http://www.wolfpark.org/
South Bend - University of Notre Dame & Notre Dame Cathedral http://www.nd.edu/
Nappanee - Amish Acres http://www.amishacres.com/
Near Shipshewana - Yoder Popcorn, pops and tastes great, many different flavors http://www.yoderpopcorn.com/
Shipshewana - flea market it is huge...bring moneyLOL http://www.tradingplaceamerica.com/
Shipshewana - Menno-Hof a interactive museum which tells the story of the origin of the Amish - very interesting http://www.amishcountry.org/destinations/menno-hof?cid=museums.and.theatre
Michigan City, Indiana Blue Chip Casino - a new casino with lots of penny slots http://www.bluechipcasino.com/
Wakarusa, Indiana - Jelly Bean shop mmmmgood http://www.jumbojellybeans.com/index2.php?page=tellmemore.dime
(http://www.wakarusachamber.com/)

KENTUCKY


Bowling Green, Kentucky - General Motors Corvette Factory - tours available
Cave City, Kentucky - Mammoth Cave National Park and Mammoth Cave
Radcliff, Kentucky - Fort Knox (US Gold Bullion reserve)

talley
03-17-2009, 01:07 PM
GREAT idea!!! We have not traveled most of the area from Texas to Indiana and would love some highlights of sites along the route. Our route would be from south of Houston to Goshen. We did visit Diamond Crater State Park in Arkansas (lot of work but fun) about two years ago and hope to include it on our trip to/from the rally. We would really like recommendations or personal insight that others have experienced along that general route and found worth the visit. We plan to take about six weeks for the trip as we full-time.

Jerry

mrcomer
03-17-2009, 01:31 PM
We may try to get to Indiana Beach Amusement (http://www.indianabeach.com/)park. Haven't decided yet, may be too far of a drive for a day trip. My parents used to take us there when we were camping as youngsters. I would also like to go to the dunes. I can remember taking some sort of army vehicle ride throug the dunes by the water, I guess the lake. Great idea adding these sites to see.

Mark

Ray LeTourneau
03-17-2009, 04:34 PM
Thanks for that list Jim. We plan on going to the Wolf Park and the Shipshewana flea market for sure. We have no time limitations either so ya never know...

kkamshop
03-17-2009, 06:03 PM
I'll add some things from the southern part of Indiana.

1. Columbus - our hometown and a center for world class architechure. Known as "Athens of the prairie"

2. Indianapolis - Childrens' Museum
3. Indianapolis - White River St Park (NO CAMPING) home of the Indy Zoo, Eiteljorg (American Indian) museum, and Museum of Art
4. Santa Claus - between Evansville & Louisville - a fabulous amusement park Holiday World and Lincoln State Park or camp at Lake Rudolph next to the park
5. Shelbyville - between Indy and Cincinnati - Vegas style casino which just opened last week.
6. French Lick - between Bloomington and Evansville - historic French Lick hotel and hot springs with a casino "boat" Best place to camp in that area would be Patoka Lake COE
7. Goshen - Bag Factory - old factory turned into boutique shops
8. Edinburgh - Prime Factory Outlets - campsites across the road at Driftwood Mobile Home park or dry camp in the parking lot
9. Louisville - Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory, Fort Knox

mrcomer
03-17-2009, 07:15 PM
Thanks for that list Jim. We plan on going to the Wolf Park and the Shipshewana flea market for sure. We have no time limitations either so ya never know...

Hey Ray,
What is the Wolf Park?

jmgratz
03-17-2009, 09:28 PM
Hey Ray,
What is the Wolf Park?

The Wolf Park is a park where they have a number of live wolves you can see. I have never been there but I understand it is a type of a preserve for wolves and even have a petting area. I know someone else is planning a trip there and can shed more information on it as they have been there before. Here is the link to Wolf Park http://www.wolfpark.org/

jmgratz
03-17-2009, 09:55 PM
I have added links to sites of interest ...see post 1

jmgratz
03-18-2009, 10:27 AM
Keep those suggestions coming ...we are getting a great list...a whole summer's worth

Ray LeTourneau
03-18-2009, 01:42 PM
The Wolf Park is a park where they have a number of live wolves you can see. I have never been there but I understand it is a type of a preserve for wolves and even have a petting area. I know someone else is planning a trip there and can shed more information on it as they have been there before. Here is the link to Wolf Park http://www.wolfpark.org/
Linuxkidd's significant other (wife I think) had mentioned the Wolf Park. It sounded like something we would enjoy. We've been to the Wolf Center in Ely MN. and enjoyed it too.

Ray LeTourneau
03-18-2009, 01:42 PM
The Wolf Park is a park where they have a number of live wolves you can see. I have never been there but I understand it is a type of a preserve for wolves and even have a petting area. I know someone else is planning a trip there and can shed more information on it as they have been there before. Here is the link to Wolf Park http://www.wolfpark.org/
Linuxkidd's significant other (wife I think) LOUP, had mentioned the Wolf Park. It sounded like something we would enjoy. We've been to the Wolf Center in Ely MN. and enjoyed it too.

jmgratz
03-18-2009, 09:55 PM
As some of you folks are reading this thread be sure and check out some of the links I have posted on post #1. That will allow you to check out things to see if there is an interest in going there. We personally can recommend the Das Essenhaus in Middleburg as a place to eat. The food is to served 'family style' (bowls with the food in it are passed around) and their homemade noodles and their homemade pies are just wonderful. If you go there be sure to go there hungry as you will be "full as a tick" when you finish and will have to waddle out. You can also check out their store and take home some homemade noodles and pie. BTW they also sell their Jams, Apple Butter, Noodles, and some Pies at the Farmers Market in Elkhart. Wow, getting hungry just talking about it.... we can't wait...

mrcomer
03-19-2009, 07:40 AM
Jim,
Don't forget the peanut butter whip! OMG! now I'm hungry.

mrcomer
03-19-2009, 07:57 AM
Jim,
Don't forget the peanut butter whip! OMG! now I'm hungry.