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.

The University of Notre Dame – Discover a Vibrant and Legendary Campus

You might think “fall” and “Fighting Irish football” when the University of Notre Dame is mentioned, but this beautiful campus in the city of South Bend is filled with fun and activity any time of the year. Visitors delight in discovering the university’s Golden Dome, classic Gothic architecture, and expansive quadrangles on walking tours, either on their own or with a student guide.

There’s so much to do, whether you seek outdoor activity, a shopping extravaganza, quiet spiritual reflection or great lodging and food. The best place to start your visit is at the Eck Visitors Center, which provides a look at Notre Dame’s history and offers guided campus tours. It’s also home to the legendary Hammes Bookstore, filled with Notre Dame paraphernalia, Irish finds such as Waterford crystal, and, of course, an incredible array of books. Play a round of golf on one of two campus courses or view iconic masterpieces at  the Snite Museum of Art with more than 23,000 works.

You can attend Mass at the ornate and inspiring Basilica of the Sacred Heart and tour the famous church. Many find peace and solace at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. At the end of the day, check into the newly refurbished Morris Inn right on campus. It houses two great restaurants – Sorin’s for fine dining and the Rohr Irish Pub for casual fare and fun.

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