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Notes: Of course, you could do this trip all in one day, but why? Stretch it out over a few and enjoy yourself. Also, be sure to check routes and attraction hours before setting out.
4 hours, 23 minutes
START HERE: MONTICELLO Kick off your drive with a trip to Indiana Beach Amusement Resort, an old-fashioned fun and splash park that’s more Coney Island than Disneyworld. Hey, where else can you still find pinball machines?
2 LAFAYETTE (29 miles/51 min.) Up-and-coming restaurants here include East End Grill, serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available. They join classics such as Sgt. Preston’s of the North, whose patio—the biggest in Indiana—is a tempting hangout for tourists, Boilermakers and new friends.
3 WEST LAFAYETTE (3 miles/8 min.) Whatever you want, Town & Gown Bistro probably has it, serving vegan specialties to hearty open-faced Reubens. Heard of Bruno dough? You need to. It’s deep-fried, brushed with garlic butter, sprinkled with Parmesan and served with house-made sauces at Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room, a local landmark.
4 CRAWFORDSVILLE (29 miles/42 min.) Myriad offbeat museums pop up here, like one for vin- tage armor and aircraft, one for a rotary jail and the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, a National Historic Land- mark dedicated to the legacy of the Civil War general and world-renowned author of Ben-Hur.
5 MARSHALL (26 miles/35 min.) Stroll through the ravines of Turkey Run State Park, one of Indiana’s most beloved outdoor destinations, where sandstone gorges represent 600 to 300 million years of nature taking its course.
6 MANSFIELD (17 miles/21 min.) This town anchors Parke County, known as the Land of Covered Bridges. If you’re lucky, you’ll be in Mansfield in mid-October for the annual festival of covered bridges, but you can drive through and past these beautifully weather beaten wooden gems all year long.
7 BRIDGETON (8 miles/15 min.) If you like antiques, crafts and collectibles, you’ll love shopping in this authentic old mill town. Best time to come? Covered Bridge Festival in October.
8 TERRE HAUTE (22 miles/35 min.) Your mom used it. You use it. And your kids will probably go right on measuring from that familiar white tin of baking powder. Taste your way through The Clabber Girl Museum & Bake Shop.
9 CLOVERDALE (38 miles/40 min.) The sprawling Lieber State Recreation Area is lovely, whether you’re just driving through or getting out to fish, picnic, or splash in the 1,400-acre lake.
10 GREENCASTLE (10 miles/16 min.) Tired yet? This town is a great place to end a busy day—charming inns, B&Bs and hotels abound here.