Indiana

Indiana State Travel Guide

North America

Indiana is located in the northeastern United States, between Michigan (north), Ohio (east), Kentucky (south), and Illinois (west). The state is divided into six regions, namely North, East, Central, West, South Central, and South.

The Hoosier State has a distinctly continental climate with hot, short summers and long, harsh winters. There is little precipitation in winter, mostly in the form of snow. Along the Michigan border, winters can be harsher, with occasional blizzards bringing in extremely cold air from arctic Canada. The temperature in summer fluctuates around 25 degrees Celsius, while the mercury in winter varies between -10° and 2°C. Occasionally, a tornado may occur, especially in the interior of the state.

Best travel time

While there is much to be said for the blossoming trees in the spring, fall is the peak season in Indiana. The changing leaves and a long chain of Farmer’s Markets with overflowing baskets of fresh apples, pumpkins and other harvest produce are irresistible to those who love ‘that country’.

Flora and fauna

The flat, northern part of the state is characterized by industry and cities, while the hilly south is dominated by the agricultural sector. In addition to cows and pigs, the fields mainly produce maize, wheat, soybeans, hay, fruit and vegetables. The industry processes natural raw materials such as coal, petroleum, limestone, gravel and sand into iron, steel, machinery and electrical equipment. Indiana has a consistent climate, so tree and plant species are evenly distributed throughout the state. Oak, black walnut, sycamore and poplar, among others, are common. In addition, fruit trees with apples, peaches, cherries and pears are of course also present in large numbers. The only carnivore in Indiana is the red fox (PHOTO ABOVE), but coyotes and wolves are occasionally sighted as well. The animals these carnivores fear include deer, muskrats, raccoons, badgers, and various species of squirrels. Flying in the air are black ducks, great blue herons, starlings, red woodpeckers and bald eagles. The state’s waterways are peppered with perch, catfish, walleye, and John Dory.

Main cities

Indianapolis is the state capital of Indiana. Major cities of significance are also Gary, Fort Wayne and Evansville.

Nature

Indiana doesn’t have an official National Park, but Indiana Dunes Lakeshore State Park comes close. Miles of beaches, sand dunes, marshes, and forests along Lake Michigan make for a scenic drive. Interspersed with a French-Canadian settlement and a farm from the early 20th century, this is an entertaining attraction.

New Harmony

This town was founded in 1814 by religious German purists as a refuge. In 1825, however, New Harmony was bought by two idealists, who founded a commune, the aim of which was an equal social structure and education. This Utopia attracted many thinkers and scientists, including a Dutch geologist.

Indian 500

Officially one of the most famous races of the USA is called the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, but after 60 years of spinning around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ‘Indy 500’ has long sufficed. Organized annually on Memorial Day (the last Sunday in May), the tradition-steeped race day is a spectacle for car fans of all ages.

Indiana