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Bike trails you-pick experiences and BBQ joints compete for Best of Indiana

The school year has started, the leaves are beginning to change color and football will soon resume its rightful place as master of the weekend. These annual harbingers can only mean one thing: fall is back. Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Visit Indiana encourage travelers to explore the scenic roads of Indiana during the season and experience the autumn treasures that abound throughout the Hoosier State.

VisitIndiana.com/Fall is the premier online resource to discover fall road trip ideas and all manner of additional travel opportunities in Indiana. VisitIndiana.com/Fall features the Best of Indiana Fall “people’s choice” online vote to determine Indiana’s Best Biking TrailBest You-Pick Experience and Best Local BBQ Joint. Voting is open to the public and ends on October 31. Winners will be announced in early November.

“Autumn is the most beautiful time of year and, with our agricultural heritage and tradition of fall harvest festivals, one of the most important seasons for Indiana,” said Mark Newman, Visit Indiana’s executive director. “This year’s Best of Indiana categories allow us to showcase to travelers a sampling of the terrific outdoor recreation, agritourism destinations and culinary opportunities that abound in Indiana.”

The unmistakable aroma of slowly-smoked meats wafting through the air is the first sign that you’ve arrived at the right place. You can smell a good BBQ joint long before you walk through the front door. Indiana’s pit masters are taking the best styles from North Carolina, Texas, St. Louis, Kansas City and Memphis and giving them a unique Hoosier spin. With our abundance of locally-raised meats, Indiana is second to none in our barbeque offerings. Whether you prefer sauce or dry rub, pulled pork or beef brisket, St. Louis-style or baby back ribs, Indiana has a local BBQ joint that will satisfy even the most sophisticated barbeque palates. Once you’ve had your fill be sure to vote for Indiana’s Best Local BBQ Joint.

Indiana is rightfully garnering national attention for its extensive network of biking trails throughout the state. With urban trails connecting popular destinations in our large cities and rugged, off-road trails through some of the state’s most beautiful topography, Indiana is a cyclist’s delight. The state is replete with biking trails for riders of all skill levels, making Indiana a biker’s paradise. After you’ve finished an exhilarating ride, take a minute to logon to VisitIndiana.com/Fall and choose your favorite Indiana Bike Trail.

Picking that perfect future jack-o’-lantern from the pumpkin patch or filling baskets with the freshest produce at a local farm is a family tradition that spans generations.  Indiana’s you-pick destinations let you bring the best of the farm to your table. Pumpkins, applies, blueberries, peaches, melons, tomatoes, strawberries and so much more! They’re all waiting for you at Indiana’s you-pick farms.  When you’ve filled your last basket and carved your last pumpkin, make sure to vote for Indiana’s Best You-Pick Experience.

Nominees for all three categories were recommended by members of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. VisitIndiana.com/Fall is a companion site to VisitIndiana.com, the official state travel website where discounts, trip ideas and helpful tips are easily accessible. Last year’s Best of Indiana Fall vote had the highest participation of any previous fall voting. Voters selected Sinister Double IPA from 18th Street Brewery in Gary as the Best Indiana Fall Beer, Brown County State Park as the Best Indiana Fall Camping Adventure and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Creepy Carnival Haunted House as the Best Indiana Haunted Attraction.