Things to do in Indiana

Experience old-time railroad travel, operated on 38 miles of original track.

Take the Grounds Tour at the speedway (home to the Indianapolis 500).

An open-air living-history museum, where guests take a trip to late-19th-century agrarian life—composting, mucking stables, and hoeing, but with plenty of time for leisure, sans electronics.

Explore race-car history with 45 vehicles on display.

Just an hour outside of Chicago sits the Midwest's answer to Cape Cod: Indiana Dunes, a stretch of seashore with eight powdery beaches and a wooded 1,530-acre preserve. You can climb several of the dunes, hike the preserve's trails, and swim in the lake.


The museum offers interactive exhibits and hands-on play.

Years as agent: 25. Specialties: Greece, Turkey. Consulting fee: $250.

Special Booking: For a group of women on a china- and silver-shopping excursion, the table at their private villa was set with different patterns, which were listed on the menu along with the food. Years as agent: 29.

Opens early August.

Test your football trivia knowledge at the College Football Hall of Fame. Don’t miss the “Great Rivalries” exhibit, with video clips documenting NCAA history.

For a unique taste of the outdoors, try rafting the 1,900-foot East Race Waterway using water from the St. Joseph River.

Peruse Shipshewana’s many arts and crafts stores on the main street, but if size matters, visit the weekday market to see more than 900 vendors.