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Take the Northern Indiana 500 Tour

Explore Indiana's planes, trains and automobiles on a family road trip.

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Studebaker National Museum, South Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau, Amish Country/Elkhart County Visitor Center, RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum, Visit Fort Wayne, Baker Street Station, Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Kokomo Speedway, Subaru of Indiana, Lafayette-West Lafayette CVB, Dog 'n Suds Drive-In
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Allow 2-3 days.

Explore Northern Indiana’s transportation and motorsports history at  museums, manufacturing plants and diners.

Motor into the past
Relive the history of automobiles in the northern part of Indiana. The Studebaker National Museum  in South Bend  is a hidden treasure downtown where you can experience the birthplace of the brand, learn about the Studebaker brothers and see cars that date back to the early 1900s. For a different type of automotive history, head east to Elkhart  to tour the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum   and trace the progression of the RV industry from the 1920s to the present. In the Founders Hall, take a step back in time and peek into various styles of early motor homes to see what life on the road was like in the middle of the twentieth century.

Steam into railroad country
Take a break from riding in the car to enjoy an older form of transportation in Fort Wayne . Get a glimpse into the history of rail travel at Baker Street Station  , opened in 1914. Admire the breathtaking architecture and stand on the platform where Hoosiers listened to Franklin D. Roosevelt and other presidential candidates give whistle-stop campaign speeches. Across town, see the trains that once rode these rails at the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society  . Get a close view of the engines or make a reservation to be an Engineer for an Hour and learn the art of locomotive operation.

Zoom back to the present
Complete your tour by experiencing the power and construction of today’s cars. Head southwest from Fort Wayne to the Kokomo Speedway   for a family-oriented racing atmosphere. Catch a street stock or sprint car race, cheer on your favorite driver and enjoy their post-race fireworks. West of Kokomo, the Subaru of Indiana   plant in Lafayette  offers free tours (by appointment) of the manufacturing process. Watch as workers create parts, assemble bodies, paint cars and test new vehicles for safety and quality. Then, fill up your tanks with a juicy burger and creamy root beer at Lafayette’s Dog ‘n Suds Drive-In  .

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Studebaker National Museum
888.391.5600 | studebakermuseum.org
South Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau
800.519.0577 | exploresouthbend.org
Amish Country/Elkhart County Visitor Center
800.250.4827 | www.amishcountry.org
RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum
800.378.8694 | rvmhhalloffame.org
Visit Fort Wayne
800.767.7752 | visitfortwayne.com
Baker Street Station
260.749.1162 | bakerstreetstation.com
Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
260.493.0765 | 765.org
Kokomo Speedway
765.459.3877 | kokomospeedway.net
Subaru of Indiana
765.449.9405 | subaru-sia.com
Lafayette-West Lafayette CVB
800.872.6569 | homeofpurdue.com
Dog 'n Suds Drive-In
765.447.5457 | dog-n-suds.com
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