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The Most Instagrammable Places in Indiana’s Cool North

From sweeping farms to classic cars, beach sunsets to avant-garde art, Northern Indiana is pretty darn photogenic! A drive down the back roads of Amish country or a day spent on a famous college campus will show you just what makes our eclectic corner of America so unique—and will definitely add to your ’Gram game. Let these Instagram posts inspire your next getaway to Indiana’s Cool North.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden

Indiana Dunes

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You can’t beat the beach for great photo opportunities, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is no exception. Think rolling sand dunes and stunning sunsets—it’s the perfect escape on the water. On a clear day you can even get some awesome shots of the Chicago skyline across Lake Michigan!

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Taltree Arboretum promises a full day of outdoor fun that kids will love. With gardens, woodlands, and wetlands, there’s plenty to explore. Don’t miss the huge model railway garden. You might have a hard time choo-choosing the right Instagram filter.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Washington Park

Michigan City LaPorte

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With five gallery spaces showcasing regional and national artists, Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) definitely puts the “cool” in Cool North. Take a class, tour the outdoor sculpture garden, and snap some stellar pics of exceptional works of art. It’s a little educational, a lot of fun, and it’s right on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Washington Park packs a punch. Put your wildlife photography skills to the test at Washington Park Zoo, climb to the top of an Art Deco observation tower for sweeping views of Michigan City, and stay around to snap the city’s iconic lighthouse at sunset.

University of Notre Dame and Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Gardens

South Bend Mishawaka

Grab your best blue and gold and get your camera ready. We could make a separate list just for the most photographed places on Notre Dame campus. The famous Golden Dome glitters day and night, the Morris Inn exudes elegance, and Notre Dame stadium screams sports history.

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The Far East finds a home in Indiana’s Cool North at Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Gardens. Traditional bridges arch over burbling streams and exotic plants are sure to look beautiful no matter which filter you apply. Head up to the Teahouse pavilion and take in breathtaking views of the entire park.

Marshall County Blueberry Festival and Swan Lake Resort

Marshall County

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If you find yourself in Northern Indiana over the Labor Day weekend, the Blueberry Festival in Plymouth is a must. It’s classic Midwest fun at its finest with live music, classic cars, athletic events, and of course blueberries! Don’t forget to turn your lens skyward to capture colorful hot air balloons and a dazzling fireworks display.

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Sweeping grounds and a 36-hole golf course are the perfect backdrop for photographers in Northern Indiana. From sunsets over the course to wedding photos under the gazebo, you’ll find several places to snap some pics during a stay at the tranquil Swan Lake Resort.

Amish Acres and Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail

Amish Country

Amish Acres offers a true step back in time. Explore the Amish lifestyle and see what it’s like to live life untethered by the modern world. Dig in to a hearty family-style meal and don’t forget get some great food shots!

Take a tour along The Heritage Trail in Amish Country, and you’ll be bombarded with brilliantly colored quilt gardens. These patchwork flower arrangements are painstakingly put together and make for an Instagram post that is sure to pop.

The Village at Winona and the town of Syracuse

Kosciusko County

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In addition to stellar shopping and delicious dining, The Village at Winona is a treasure trove of places to grab super shots to add to your camera roll. Stoll along the quiet canals that wouldn’t look out of place in Europe, then head to the peaceful shore of Lake Winona.

Lake culture is alive and well in Syracuse. It’s home to the largest natural lake in the whole state, so there’s plenty to see and do. Take in the small town charm on shore, or head out for an aquatic adventure. Just make sure your camera is waterproof if you do!

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and Shipshewana

Shipshewana/Amish Back Roads

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Winding trails draped in shady trees stretch for more than 16 miles through Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. Once a former railway line, today the trail is a popular spot in Northern Indiana for all kinds of outdoor activity, and offers excellent photo ops all year round.

Shipshewana is small town America at it’s finest. Search for hidden gems at one of the Midwest’s largest flea markets, shop for fresh, local products at a bustling farmers’ market, or just sit back and watch the world go by. It’s the perfect escape from city life.

Are you ready to Instagram your way across Northern Indiana? We can’t wait to see your photos! Share them with us using the hashtag #CoolNorth and you just might see them pop up in our online gallery.