15 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Indiana

Written by Jan Meeuwesen
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Indiana, nicknamed The Hoosier State, is located in the Great Lakes region and therefore of course has lots of awesome places to visit and see. Be amazed by these beautiful pictures of places in Indiana!

1. Cataract Falls

Cataract FallsSource: Kenneth Keifer / shutterstock
Cataract Falls

The largest waterfall in the state of Indiana can be found inside Cataract State Park. Cataract Falls drops for a total of 86 feet, with the upper falls making up 20 feet of this figure.

The hike to the falls is of moderate difficulty and less than three miles in length, with the best time to visit between December and May. As Cataract Falls is made up a long series of cascades, many of the trails within Cataract State Park are within site of the beautiful falling water.

2. Brown County State Park

Brown County State ParkSource: Aeypix / shutterstock
Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is the largest state park in Indiana, attracting over one million people every year. The park is named after Commanding General of the United States Army, General Jacob Brown. The state park is often referred to by its nickname the Little Smokies due to its resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains.

With 70 miles of horse trails, as well as hiking and mountain biking trails, Brown County State Park is perfect for those who enjoy scenic views. The rare Yellowwood tree on Trail 5 is one of the many highlights of Brown County State Park.

3. Kissing Bridges

Kissing BridgesSource: matthew siddons / shutterstock
Kissing Bridges

Kissing bridges are one of the main tourist attractions Indiana has to offer, with these beautiful structures found all over Brown County. Some 21 of these covered bridges are still in use across Indiana’s Parke County, with many of them now covered in romantic notes that have been left by visitors.

The covered bridges are known as kissing bridges as they were one of the few places courting couples could find some privacy hundreds of years ago. October is perhaps the best time of the year to see Indiana’s kissing bridges as this is when an annual festival dedicated to the structures is held in Parke County.

4. Kesling Wetland and Farmstead

Indiana WetlandSource: Steven Heim / shutterstock
Indiana Wetland

Kesling Wetland and Farmstead is one of the best places in Indiana to get up close with the state’s nature. The 10-acre marsh and slough wetland community is ideal for those who want to learn about how important it is to conserve the natural environment. Sunset and sunrise are two of the best times of the day to visit Kesling Wetland and Farmstead due to their spectacular sights.

5. Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park, IndianaSource: Kenneth Keifer / shutterstock
Turkey Run State Park, Indiana

Turkey Run State Park in Parke County features 14 picturesque miles of challenging trails, as well as the Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve. Cut into the sandstone of the park, the canyons can be seen and experienced from six trails through the park.

Within the grounds of the park is Turkey Run Inn, where guests can stay in one of the 79 rooms or enjoy a fine meal in one of the state’s finest places to have dinner, the Narrows Restaurant.

6. Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State ParkSource: DnDavis / shutterstock
Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park is home to some of the most popular events in Indiana, such as the July Regatta hydroplane boat race and the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art in late September.

Located near Madison, the park features many beautiful nature trails and its highlight is Clifty Creek Canyon, which runs through the heart of the park. Elsewhere within Clifty Falls State Park is a canyon so deep the sun is only visible at midday, as well as the gorgeous McCormick’s Creek.

7. Nappanee

Nappanee, IllinoisSource: Tammy Venable / shutterstock

Nappanee is one of the most beautiful locations within the state of Indiana, with its wide of range of tourist attractions, including the Arts & Crafts Festival. Visiting the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres is a must for anyone staying in Nappanee, with the Amish population of the town giving it a unique feel. The Nappanee Apple Festival attracts tens of thousands of people every year, with events including a talent show and a tractor pull.

8. Bean Blossom

Bean Blossom Covered Bridge, IndianaSource: Kenneth Keifer / shutterstock
Bean Blossom

Bean Blossom – sometimes styled as Beanblossom – is one of Indiana’s most beautiful places and is home to one of the many covered bridges that Parke County is famous for. Bean Blossom is home to the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground, which hosts an annual bluegrass festival known locally as the Bean. Bean Blossom is found about two miles west of Helmsburg.

9. East Pierhead Lighthouse at Michigan City

East Pierhead Lighthouse, Michigan CitySource: Kenneth Keifer / shutterstock
East Pierhead Lighthouse, Michigan City

10. Indiana Winter

Indiana WinterSource: Alexey Stiop / shutterstock
Indiana Winter

Winter in Indiana is perhaps when the state is at its most beautiful. The south shore of Lake Michigan is one of the best places to go in the Indiana winter, as it is home to a number of ice skating rinks, while sporty people will also enjoy the chance to go cross-country skiing.

One of the most fun things to do during winter in Indiana is to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Buckley Homestead in Lowell, which is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

11. Hemlock Cliffs

Hemlock CliffsSource: Gabriel Quiles / shutterstock
Hemlock Cliffs

Hemlock Cliffs Falls is arguably the most beautiful spot in the whole of Indiana, with the falls located within the Hoosier National Forest. Many people heading to the falls use the Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail, which is a little over a mile long and is accessible all year round. Hiking and camping are both very popular within Hoosier National Forest. Hemlock Cliffs is so named as the tall evergreen with short needles and small cones thrives in the forest.

12. Brown County

Brown County State Park, IndianaSource: Patrick Jennings / shutterstock
Brown County State Park, Indiana

Brown County is also one of the most beautiful locations in Indiana, with its mix of unincorporated communities and over 170,000 acres of forested land making it a great place to experience what Indiana is all about. Tour Bill Monroe’s Music Park, Big Woods Brewery and the Brown County Railroad Museum to see the best of what Brown County has to offer.

13. Lake Michigan

Lake MichiganSource: Kenneth Keifer / shutterstock
Lake Michigan

Among the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Indiana is the stunning Lake Michigan, which is the only one of the Great Lakes of North America to be located wholly within the boundaries of the United States. Indeed, Lake Michigan is so massive that it is sometimes known as the third coast of the States, with many beaches to explore and enjoy.

For people wishing to camp near to the gorgeous banks of Lake Michigan, both Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana National Lakeshore are well worth visiting. The area is also home to the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farmstead trails, where visitors can learn more about the history of Indiana.

15 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Indiana:

  • Cataract Falls
  • Brown County State Park
  • Kissing Bridges
  • Kesling Wetland and Farmstead
  • Turkey Run State Park
  • Clifty Falls State Park
  • Nappanee
  • Bean Blossom
  • East Pierhead Lighthouse at Michigan City
  • Indiana Winter
  • Hemlock Cliffs
  • Brown County
  • Lake Michigan