Jess from Little Indiana made a comment on my 10 Places I Must See Within the US post that made me think...I could easily write a post about my favorite places in Indiana!
I have lived in Northeast Indiana, East Central Indiana and Southwest Indiana. Not to mention the fact that I have driven all over the state. I actually prefer to take state highways and travel through the small towns, imagining what they looked like in their heyday. I guess that's why I'm in historic preservation!
I have been going to Steuben County since before I was born. My family goes to Lake James pretty much all summer long, which is the lake on which Pokagon State Park is located. I know those trails like the back of my hand and have many fond memories of hiking to the camp store to get ice cream as a kid, not to mention going down the the toboggan track in the winter. I also remember when they had the buffalo pens!
The courthouse located in my hometown is magnificent. This building is what inspired my master's thesis. I remember when I was a sophomore in high school getting to take a tour of the building as part of my history class. At the time, it was being restored and we got to get a behind the scenes look at the restoration. So so cool. I think it would be so awesome to work in this beautiful building every day.
The confluence of the Maumee River is located in my hometown, and there is a rivergreenway that runs through the city along the three rivers. When I lived there, I would go rollerblading along it all the time. It was awesome and I have never found another trail quite like it since.
This is my absolute favorite winery. It's located not too far from Pokagon State Park and I always make a stop when we're nearby. If you ever visit, the 101 Lakes Red is my favorite :-)
This is a nature preserve located within Evansville. I first discovered it in college and now we go walking the trails several times a year as a family. It's beautiful in the fall!
This is a quaint little town right outside of Evansville and it's quaintness has captivated me since college. We used to go down by the river and hang out. Now, we go walking on the trail down there. I love looking at all the old buildings!
I've only been here once, when I was in elementary school, but it's very cool. Who knew Indiana had dunes?
Another quaint little town on the Ohio. We visited for class in grad school. Loved it!
Yet another Ohio River town not too far from Evansville. When Abraham Lincoln lived in Indiana, he ran flatboats out of Rockport. I like it because it's on a cliff!
New Harmony is a little town not too far from Evansville on the Wabash River. I had only been once during college, but wound up doing a lot of work there during grad school. It was founded in 1814 by the Harmonie Society. While I will admit that I think being in some of those Harmonist buildings is a little creepy, it's a very historic town that still shows its evolution from the simple Harmonists in the early nineteenth century to the quiet historic river town it is today with beautiful Victorian architecture.
These are just a sampling, as there are so many more things I enjoy about my state. I didn't even get into all the little festivals and whatnot that I've been too...or Philadelphia...those are posts for another day!
What are your favorite places to visit in your state?