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Northern Indiana is a hidden treasure!

by | Jul 17, 2020 | 0 comments

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Indiana Denise laying down with flowers
I never thought I would know so much about Indiana or that I would have had the opportunity to go there as much as I have in the last four years. Why? As it turns out, 80 percent of global RV (Recreational Vehicle) production is based throughout the northern area of Indiana! Even the RV / Motorhome Hall of Fame Museum is located here!
After we purchased our motorhome in the Spring of 2016, we have gone to Indiana a number of times to get warranty work done on our home on wheels at the manufacturing plant. When at the manufacturing plant, we took a number of tours of the plant and met many of the people who designed, built, and provides customer service to us on the phone when we have problems or questions.
While waiting for our home to be serviced, we discovered that Northern Indiana is home to the third-largest Amish region in the United States. The people and community are wonderfully friendly and a delight to visit.

One of our most favorite things we did in the area was to take the Heritage Trail self-driving tour! If you are ever in the area, it’s a MUST DO!!!

As we drove the Heritage trail self-driving tour we ran across popcorn shops! …and we learned that Indiana is the second-largest producer of popcorn in the US where Nebraska ranks number one! Indiana produces almost 500 MILLION pounds of popcorn a year worth $71.4 million dollars! Oh my!!! I guess popcorn had to be produced somewhere… I just didn’t realize that Indiana was such a large producer. The other thing I didn’t realize is that there are SO MANY types of popcorn! All one has to do is go into a popcorn store and see all the options. I was immediately overwhelmed!!
The area of Indiana that I’ve spent so much time in is NOT in the top things to do in this state! One day I may have a chance to see the other areas, but what I’ve done and seen has been both amazing and so very enjoyable! If you’ve never been to or thought about visiting Indiana, you need to put it on your list!

Some top attractions in Indiana are

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore where dunes reach nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan
    • OK… I have been here as we needed to find a place to be before going to our next repair shop.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats.
  • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (which is the largest children’s museum in the world)
  • Notre Dame University has the oldest marching band in the United States founded in 1842

This ORIGINAL post is part of the #StateChallenge organized by @Kwiksatik and @Denise_Barlock. If you want to find out more, check out our post here and here, and you can also find other submissions by searching the #StateChallenge hashtag.

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Written By Denise Barlock

After four years, we now call the entire United States our “home.” Since transforming our retirement into a country-trotting journey, we have traveled more than 54,000 miles across the U.S. and have driven as far north as Alaska.

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