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The Art and Earth Trail in Northern Indiana

There’s a lot to do in Northern Indiana. So much that you could take about 7 weekends to get visit that region, and still not see everything there is to see.

Map of the Art & Earth Trail in Northern Indiana

The Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission has plotted out 7 driving trails to help you get a handle on what’s going on in their part of the state. You can visit the

  • Dunes Loop (Valparaiso & the Indiana Dunes)
  • Michigan City Laporte Loop
  • Notre Dame Loop
  • Time to Unwind Loop (Plymouth)
  • Heritage Trail (Elkhart)
  • Lakes Loop (Warsaw & Syracuse)
  • Shipshewana Loop

Having lived in the Lakes Loop area for 12 years, I can tell you there’s a lot to see and do up there and still have a nice relaxing weekend. You can visit galleries and restaurants in Winona Lake, home of Grace College and preacher Billy sunday, look for Antiques in Pierceton, visit Alpacas in Milford, catch a show at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, get a real, old-fashioned soda for dessert at Zales Drugs in Warsaw, and stay at the Anchor Inn in Syracuse (I used to live in the neighborhood behind the Anchor Inn), or the Brooke Pointe Inn.

You can also visit Garwood Orchards & Farm Markets and the Hesston Steam Museum on the Michigan City Laporte Loop, eat at the Bread Box Bakery and Café and Scherger’s Kettle and visit Galarina Folk Arts on the Shipshewana Loop, and visit b on the river and stay at the Country Victorian Bed & Breakfast on the Heritage Trails Loop.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Northern Indiana, but didn’t know where to start, check out the Art & Earth Trail website, pack your bags, and take a nice relaxing visit up to one of the most scenic parts of the state.

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