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One Tank Trip for Indiana Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
153 miles – 3 hours, 24 minutes
If there is one thing RV traveler’s love, it’s eclectic. Lucky for us, Indiana is the perfect mix of interesting sights and the wholesome goodness of the Midwest. We’ve lined up quite a few goodies for our travel today, so enough yammering—let’s get to exploring!
Your first stop should be the town of Portage, where you can jump head first, climb, roll down, etc. into the famed Indiana Dunes. Today, nearly 20,000 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline consists of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the adjacent Indiana Dunes State Park. Take your pick, they are equally impressive. Here, the sand dunes, some up to nearly 200 feet high, sprawl as far as the eye can see. This landscape is truly alive as the dunes are constantly being sculpted by the winds off the lake. It is one of the Midwest’s finest natural treasures, and the two parks combined offer endless opportunities for hiking, swimming, picnicking and wildlife watching.
57.1 miles – 1 hour, 5 minutes
Let’s keep moving east along I-80/90 ‘til we reach the town of South Bend. Of course, anyone who knows college football will tell you this is the home of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. But don’t think this college football-obsessed town is a mere one-trick pony (although the College Football Hall of Fame here is a must-see). Check out the Studebaker National Museum or the South Bend Regional Museum of Art. But, of course, much of the city’s pride is in its beloved University of Notre Dame. Be sure to sign up for a walking tour here; it’s one of the nation’s finest and most beloved institutions of higher learning.
26.4 miles – 44 minutes
From here, head south on US-31 until you reach the town of Plymouth. This historic town is a great place to spend an afternoon, especially within the town’s splendid network of city parks, each with its own unique signature. If you find yourself still exploring Plymouth come sundown, head over to the Tri-Way Drive-In Theater for a double feature; it’s one of only a handful of such theaters left in the state.
28.8 miles – 35 minutes
From Plymouth, head east along US-30 till you reach the town of Warsaw, capital of Indiana’s Lake District, you’ll discover a charming collection of lakes that serve as popular getaway destinations for regional folks. One local favorite is Tippecanoe Lake, Indiana’s deepest natural lake.
40.7 miles – 1 hour
Let’s finish up our Indiana tour by heading north on State Hwy 15 to the town of Elkhart, the RV Capital of the World. Without question, your first stop here has to be the RV Hall of Fame, which has recently moved into a larger facility. Another fun activity for like-minded folk is to take a tour of some of the many RV plants in and around Elkhart. Hey, maybe your rig was built here! Most tours are free, but that’s only part of the allure. How cool is it to watch an RV built? It might even inspire you to trade up!
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