Grid-iron dreaming at Notre Dame.
Football in South Bend, IN
Credit: Courtesy of South Bend / Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau

Best known as the home of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend scores high for college-football enthusiasts. If you can tear yourself away from the field—and the institutions that house game memorabilia—there’s also an array of outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting and hiking through nature preserves.

College Football Hall of Fame

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.

East Race Artificial Waterway

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

Rocco's Restaurant

Lunch like the locals (students) and go for garlic pizza.

CJ's Pub

It may appear to be a hole-in-the-wall, but it’s a mecca for die-hard burger connoisseurs.

Inn at St. Mary's Hotel & Suites

The inn is on the campus of St. Mary’s College near Notre Dame. A full hot breakfast is included with the reasonable rates.