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Top Ten Destination Spots in Indiana

Updated on October 11, 2015

10. Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, built in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the home to the Indie 500.

Nearby is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, along with a golf resort.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway houses 250,000 seats and the first even held in IMS was a helium gas filled balloon competition.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Source

9. Holiday World

Holiday world’s location is in Santa Claus, Indiana. This amusement park is full of fun rides and a water park. There are four sections to this park; Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Independence Day.

Each section has rides and other features that are theme based. It is known for its three wooden roller coasters and Splashin Safari which is the water park. Holiday World offers entertainment for everyone.

In the Halloween section of the park is a log ride called Frightful Falls. This ride coasts you along waters in a log and at the end goes down a four story drop. There some more rides and plenty of spooky entertainment. The Thanksgiving section houses Gobbler Getaway.

The Voyage at Holiday World

Holiday World; The Voyage
Holiday World; The Voyage | Source

8. Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is the largest state park in Indiana. The scenery is beautiful and offers two lakes and many trails. If you are into mountain biking then this is the perfect spot to visit.

As a matter of fact; Brown County State Park is considered to be one of the best places for mountain biking in the United States.

Though this park is a great place to visit in the spring and summer; many visitors are drawn to its beautiful colors in the fall.

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park
Brown County State Park | Source

7. Amish Acres

Amish Acres is located in Nappanee, Indiana. There are a variety of things to see there. The Amish people make beautiful crafts that include quilting and other arts.

There is an art festival located at Amish Acres; along with places to eat and shop at.

Amish Acres

Amish Acres
Amish Acres | Source

6. Turkey Run State Park

Park County, Indiana houses a beautiful state park called; Turkey Run State Park. It has all the scenery you need in one spot.

Trails and waterfalls are just two of the beautiful scenic views that Turkey Run State Park has to offer. Sandstone bedrock surrounds the park.

Rocky Hollow Falls is located in this park as well. Rocky Hollow Falls is surrounded with beautiful plant life which includes hemlock trees, ferns, gorges and miniature waterfalls.

The Lieber Log Cabin is also located in Turkey Run State park and the park is listed as a national natural landmark.

Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park
Turkey Run State Park | Source

5. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is another destination that offers a lot of beautiful scenery for you to experience.

This gorgeous land includes; Lake Michigan, prairies, marshes, hardwood forests and woods, trails, farms and beaches (which are about 15 miles away).

As you can see, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has a variety of different views and open trails to hike on. Not to mention, there are campgrounds, picnic shelters and The West Beach Bathhouse, which are all available to use.

3. Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas oil Stadium is the home of the NFL team, The Colts and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This new stadium hosted the 2012 Super Bowl and has modern features which make it stand out from other stadiums in the United States.

The retractable roof and movable window wall are two features that the Lucas Oil Stadium holds.

If you are a football fan, this is the right place for you.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore | Source

4. Hoosier National Forest

Hoosier National Forest is a great place for horseback riding and mountain bikes.

Trails for hiking are also located in this forest.

The land also offers views that are out of this world.

Sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, hemlock trees and rare wintergreen plants are just part of the nature you will see at Hoosier National Forest.

Hoosier National Forest


Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium | Source

2. Clifty Falls State Park

Located in Madison, Indiana; Clifty Falls State Park is close to the top of the list and the reasons are obvious.

It is full of waterfalls, canyons and trails. Not to mention Clifty Creek. The views are unbelievable and a must see.

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Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls
Clifty Falls | Source

1. Marengo Caves

There is only one word needs to be used when describing this wonderful cave: Fascinating!

Located in Marengo, Indiana; Marengo Cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites, giving it the look of a crystal castle.

There have been tours here since 1883 and it is one of the biggest caves in Indiana.

An interesting fact about Marengo Cave is how it was found. The story states that a brother and sister, ages eleven and fifteen, were playing in the area and discovered the cave. So it was indeed discovered by children.

This cave is open all year round. If you ever get the opportunity to take a tour through this cave, it will not disappoint you.

Maregno Caves

Marengo Caves
Marengo Caves | Source

Here is a map to help you get around

Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
500, Indianapolis, IN 46222, USA

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Holiday World:
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, 452 East Christmas Boulevard, Santa Claus, IN 47579, USA

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Brown County State Park:
Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448, USA

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Turkey Run State Park:
Turkey Run State Park, 8121 E Park Rd, Marshall, IN 47859, USA

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore:
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Dune Acres, IN 46304, USA

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Hoosier National Forest:
Hoosier National Forest, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421, USA

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Lucas Oil Stadium:
Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA

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Clifty Hills State Park:
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd, Madison, IN 47250, USA

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Marengo Caves:
Marengo Cave U.S National Landmark, 400 Highway 64, Marengo, IN 47140, USA

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      On the BridgeA Paper By Sean VitousekThe Bixby Creek Bridge of Highway 1 is California's favorite ctosaal bridge. The bridge is technically sound, but more than being thoughtfully planned and well constructed; it is socially purposeful and symbolically important to its travelers. Building the bridge and Highway 1 were important public works projects which brought relief to California's unemployed during the Great Depression, and which today connects travelers though this dramatic ctosaal region. This setting makes the projects' environmental concern and aesthetics important to avoid detracting from the natural beauty of the region. While works of humans are often looked down upon by environmentalists, the bridge rises above these issues in its true concern for nature, and gives travelers a new perspective of nature viewed from above. This bridge not only connects travelers to their destination, but connects travelers with nature.Connecting California's CoastThe California coast with its purple mountains dropping off into the sea is the end of the nation and the destination of historical westward travel by early pioneers. As California matured and grew in population, transportation engineers conceived a route running directly along the coastline to best serve the purpose of connecting California's coast. This route, Highway 1 has become the symbol of the California coast. The highway serves purposes above and beyond those of the classic highway which provides a commercial network, linking goods and persons to their destinations as quickly and efficiently as possible. This classic purpose is aptly demonstrated by Inter-state 5, build on level terrain in California's central valley and better suits high-speed transportation. Highway 1 on the other hand is unsuitable of mass transit because of its geographic characteristics; elevated, meandering and dramatic. Through accommodating and accentuating these characteristics into the design of Highway 1 a much different purpose is attained. Highway 1 serves to connect and conduct travelers though and to the natural and cultural environments in a manner perhaps more spiritual than commercial. As a journalist affirmed, Traveling Highway 1 is more than just a scenic drive, it's a pilgrimage, a reconnection to California's history, environment, mythology its spirit. Due to its character Highway 1 serves to uphold the spirit of this coastline. And there is no better example of this spirit in practice than the design and construction of the Bixby creek bridge.Building the BridgeThe completion of a ctosaal highway depended on spanning five canyons, one of which was Bixby Canyon. The construction of the Bixby Creek Bridges and Highway 1 to the south exemplifies an approach to these natural obstacles' that gave the greater highway project identity and purpose and demonstrated the designers' and builders' great care of the environment.The first engineering concern was assessing how the highway would cross Bixby Canyon. The options were either a ctosaal bridge or a much smaller inland bridge and a 900 ft tunnel cutting though the Santa Lucia Mountain Range at the valley's origin. This tunnel would not allow for scenic views, and would align Highway 1 in a way that would cut directly though the Los Padres National Forest, which local environmentalists wished to preserve. A bridge was a worthy option in the eye of these environmentalists as it preserved one area of resource value and did not adversely impact on Bixby Canyon or Creek. In doing so it became a symbol of passing above the environment, and of accomplishing a practical objective while still allowing the environmental processes such as the creek to run their natural course.The next decisions were what kind of bridge to design and where it should be located relative to the coastline. An arch bridge serves an aesthetic purpose as it heightens the effect of rising above the environment and reflects contours of the canyon. The decision to locate the bridge directly on the coast would help to define the rest of the Highway 1 project (completed after Bixby Bridge) as well as remain essential in its environmental concern. Near the coast, erosion and the ctosaal environment limit the further growth of forests like the inland forests the environmentalists wanted to preserve. As a ctosaal project was desirable in the eyes of both the developers and environmentalists, the way was clear for Highway 1.The final decision was what material should be used in construction of this bridge, steel or concrete. The decision to make the bridge out of concrete reflected both economic and aesthetic concerns. A steel bridge would cost more to build, be negatively affected by fog and salt spray and require expensive maintenance and painting. A rusting steel bridge would not be in harmony with the rest of the verdant environment. Building the bridge out of concrete would provide much less of an industrialist contrast (which steel would have) to the natural environment and echo the color and composition of the natural rock cliff formations of the area. Although the Gustav Eiffel's steel Garabit Viaduct on the Thuyere River in France contrasts nicely with its surrounding environment, its poinsettia' red color seems to standout against rather than harmonize with its setting which detracts from the overall aesthetics.In 1931, CH Purcell, the California state highway engineer and FW Panhorst, the bridge engineer and designer were given the job of making the project a reality. The bridge contract was awarded to the Ward Engineering co. of San Francisco for $203,334 and concrete placing began on Nov 4. Wooden false work, built up 240 ft from the floor of the creek, provided support for the arch's concrete as it was hardening. Ocean swells pounded this false work and delayed the bridges completion until the winter swells passed highlighting how close this bridge is to the ocean. Upon its completion the bridge, costing $199,861, had the longest concrete arch span, 320 ft, on the California State Highway System and a rise of 120 ft. The bridge's roadway: 714 ft long (only 45% of it lies above the arch) and 24 ft wide, cost $11.66 per square foot, which seems economic considering all the structure that supports it. The arch supports a live load of these 2 lanes of traffic at 640 lb./ft each and a dead load of the combined masses of all concrete used in the arch (per total length). All together the bridge needed to support a load of 28700 lb./ft*. Because the bridge is an arch bridge much of this load is carried to the sides of the canyon. The equations that govern the vertical and horizontal forces are: Vertical Force, V = qL = 28700(320) = 4,600,000 lb.2 2Horizontal Force, H = qL2 = 28700(320)2 = 3,061,333 lb.8d 8(120)From these forces we can determine the stress, f, put on the arch at midspan by the equation:f = H = 1530666.5 = 472.4 psiA 3240*-Where H = the horizontal force (in lb.) and A = the cross-sectional area (in sq. in.)-As you can see the H in the stress equation is half that of the initial H. This is because the bridge has two arches which support the load equally.And from the stress put on the system we can calculate the safety factor:Safety Factor, SF = fc = 3000 = 6.35f 472.4-Where fc is the breaking stress of concrete 3000 psi and f is the actual stress of the arch (in psi)This safety factor says that it can support more than 6 times as much weight as it was designed to support and is considerably safe.'

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      5 years ago

      Indiana is a state I've always wanted to explore more. Nice hub voted up!

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      April Dawn Meyer 

      5 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

      Thank you! :)

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      5 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      April I was in northern Indiana last fall and really enjoyed visiting Amish country. Beautiful scenery. Welcome to HubPages!

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      April Dawn Meyer 

      5 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

      Thanks :)

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      Well explained hub on Top Ten Destination Spots in Indiana. Voted up.


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