Top 15 Local Favorites in Northern Indiana

History, festivals, and exquisite dining collide in Indiana’s Cool North. We asked locals to list their favorite attractions, activities, and events so you can get the most authentic experience possible on your visit to Northern Indiana. Whether you take in one or go for the full 15, you’ll learn just what makes our corner of the country so special.

University of Notre Dame – Play, pray, and stay on campus in South Bend

This renowned university in South Bend may be known for the Fighting Irish, but there’s so much more to discover when you pay a visit to the home of the Golden Dome. You’ll find plenty of outdoor fun—no football ticket required! Take a walking tour of the campus with its incredible architecture or play a round of golf on one of the university’s two public courses. Explore spiritual side of Notre Dame by taking a tour or attending Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The best place to start your visit is at the Eck Vistors Center, which provides a look at Notre Dame’s history and offers guided campus tours. It’s also home to the legendary Hammes Bookstore. At the end of the day, turn in at the Morris Inn, a full-service hotel on campus remodeled in 2013. The inn also houses Sorin’s for fine dining, and the Rohr Irish Pub, serving more casual fare.

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