I truly think that Bloomington is one of the loveliest communities in the country. But in my conversations with friends and family, I often find that those without a connection to Indiana University never visit. What a shame! Perhaps it’s because sometimes visiting a college town is a bit intimidating. Parking challenges, one-way streets, and just a general sense of not knowing what to do once you get there seem to hold people back.
So if you’ve always wanted to visit Bloomington but didn’t know where to start, here are my suggestions of a few “walks” you can take to really experience the heart and soul of this town.
Even if cream and crimson aren’t your colors, Indiana University is such a beautiful campus that you really shouldn’t miss it. A helpful map of the I.U. Bloomington campus is here. A lot of other information for those visiting campus is here. My suggestions:
Aside from the campus/college atmosphere, Bloomington itself has a thriving art, culinary and music scene. Tons of events take place here, including both Taste of Bloomington and Arts Fair on the Square on June 23. An interactive map of the town is available here.
Southern Indiana is known for its gorgeous rolling hills and natural scenery. Bloomington is a hub for all this beauty.
While you can’t do all these great walks in one day, pick 1 or 2 and then make sure to do the rest on subsequent trips! What’s your favorite walk around Bloomington?
Photo credit: Nicole Wiltrout
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