Indiana is the smallest state west of Appalachia, but it offers a lot for its size.
Indiana is best accessed by car or bus. Freeways and highways are abundant in Indiana, and you'll find a main road going to virtually anywhere. Major bus companies service most of the area.
Lake Michigan is located to the north of Indiana. As one of the Great Lakes, due to its enormous size, a mixture of both lake and ocean activities can be done at Lake Michigan, including fishing, swimming, boating, and visiting the beach.
Near Lake Michigan, to the western part of Indiana, you will find a city called Gary. Gary is actually part of the Chicago metropolitan area, but it has a few attractions in its own right. One of the most popular is the birthplace and childhood home of the late singer Michael Jackson. One of his musical groups, Jackson Five, even made a song where the lyrics give the address, 2300 Jackson Street.
You probably will not find any hostel options in Northern Indiana. There are, however, plenty of hostel options located just across the Illinois border in Chicago. You can consider the commute if you'd like to add Chicago to your Indiana excursion.
Fort Wayne is slightly further south and over to the east, near the Ohio border. This is one of the larger towns in Indiana, so you can find more shopping options. Johnny Appleseed, the famous historic philanthropist, is buried in a large park near this city.
Indiana's largest city and capital is Indianapolis, situated in the center of the state. It is made famous by the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis also provides other sporting events as well as parks, museums, and monuments. Indianapolis will be your best bet for finding Indiana hostels. Expect to pay close to the national average for a night at a hostel here.
While it does have its cities with attractions, much of Indiana is farmland, and you will be able to tell that by some of the local roadside attractions. The world's largest egg, the world's largest ball of paint, the world's largest candle, and a tiny church can all be found while traveling through Indiana.
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