Trip Idea

Indiana Transportation Heritage

Enjoy a road trip that truly takes you on the road—and tracks, water and air.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Family Fun, Rural Destinations

Region: Multi-region

Destinations Included: Spirit of Jasper Train & Jasper City Mill, Toyota Visitors Center/Plant Tours, Dallara IndyCar Factory, Indianapolis Helicopters, Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station , Wabash & Erie Canal Park, Studebaker National Museum, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum , RV Manufacturer Factory Tours

Duration: 3-4 days

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About this trip idea

Though many think of Indiana for race cars, that's just one chapter of a rich heritage in transportation. Indiana has a rich transportation legacy, which you can experience at all kinds of speed.

Spirit of Jasper Passenger Train Adventures
The Spirit of Jasper has been artfully restored, providing passengers the luxurious, exciting rides of the railroad's golden age. They offer different kinds of trips, from dinner cruises, to chocolate and wine rides, to fall foliage excursions or a venture to French Lick.

Toyota Visitors Center
How do they make a Toyota? You will find out when you explore the Toyota Visitors Center and take a tour of the plant in Princeton. You'll learn how the automatic loom invented by Toyota Motor Corp. founder Kiichiro Toyoda laid the foundation for a new automobile corporation. The Visitors Center also traces southwest Indiana's history in transportation, furniture, farming, appliances and coal. 

Indianapolis—zoom, take off, sleep in style
The Dallara IndyCar Factory is a virtual playground for all! It has 23,000 square feet of interactive space and hands-on exhibits. See if you qualify in the full car simulator. You can also opt to take a ride in a street legal 2-seater. You will see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and many other Circle City sights when you take a tour with Indianapolis Helicopters. They offer a wide range of tours, from sunrise to evening. Then continue the transportation theme when you stay overnight in an authentic Pullman car room at the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station. 

Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center
The canal was a vital piece of Indiana history. The Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center lets you step into the living quarters below the deck of a canal boat, operate a miniature boat and even take a boat tour. Interactive exhibits let you recount the fascinating creation of the largest manmade waterway in the United State. 

Studebaker National Museum
South Bend's Studebaker National Museum is a state-of-the-art, 55,000-square-foot facility. The museum's collection boasts over 120 vehicles, with about 70 on display at one time. There is also an interactive area for kids, where they can pretend to work on cars. 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
You'll see another collection of amazing historic vehicles at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. About 120 automobiles and related artifacts are carefully exhibited in this three-story historic building. 

RV Manufacturing Tours
Northern Indiana is the RV manufacturing capital! Find out how these homes on wheels are made when you tour one of the many plants. And to make your Indiana Transportation Heritage trip complete, take time for an Amish buggy ride while you're in northern Indiana. 


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Spirit of Jasper Train & Jasper City Mill


Toyota Visitors Center/Plant Tours


Dallara IndyCar Factory


Indianapolis Helicopters


Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station


Wabash & Erie Canal Park


Studebaker National Museum


Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum


RV Manufacturer Factory Tours

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