5 Great Weekend Trips for Indiana College Students

It’s easy to grow restless on a college campus, and sometimes we all just need a break from our regular routines. Here are 5 fun weekend road trip ideas for anyone looking for a fun getaway between classes.

  1. Indianapolis, Indiana

A short trip, close to home, Indianapolis can be an easy place to get to if you want to explore for a weekend. The Indy Hostel is $35 per night, and is probably the cheapest option.

You can start off with a visit to the Children’s Museum. The first Thursday of every month tickets are only $5! Then head to White River State Park, the only urban state park in America. There is the zoo, gardens, museums and parks to explore in. Then head downtown to end the evening in the Mass Ave Arts District, a neighborhood filled with boutiques, restaurants and art.

Photos from http://www.visitindy.com 

2. Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is a very exciting city, especially its nightlife. Even better, AirBNB rates start at just $19! That’s definitely in a college student’s budget. Start off the trip with a visit to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There are gardens both indoors and outdoors, and they even offer guided tours of the grounds. From there head over to the German Village. A quaint and historic district, and best known for a shop called the Book Loft: 32 rooms of books!

If you’re 21, you can experience the Columbus Ale Trail. There are 29 breweries that participate, and you can even get a special pint glass after getting 4 stamps in your Ale Trail Brew Book. This is definitely something I am planning to get to soon!

Photos from http://www.experiencecolumbus.com 

3. Cincinnati, Ohio 

Right on the Ohio River at the southern end of the state, Cincinnati is a hoot! I love the vibe in this city. AirBNB prices start around $40. Baseball is my favorite sport, so you must go to a Reds game! The Great American Ball Park is huge, right on the river and incredibly fun. You can even grab Cincinnati Chili for lunch at the ball park – a must-have food for anyone visiting this city!

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can explore underneath the city. Head to Queen City Underground Tours to see hidden crypts and tunnels that run underneath the city. There are neat buildings to see above ground too, including bars and theaters. Then also stop at the Cincinnati Museum of Art. It’s free general admission! For a fun end to the night, stop by Mr Pitiful’s – a fun, edgy bar downtown. It’s one of my favorites in all of Cincy!

Photos from http://www.cincinnatiusa.com 

4. Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville is one of my favorite small cities. It’s easy to navigate and has fun attractions. AirBNB prices start around $30. One of the first things I did was visit the Louisville Slugger museum so I could see the world’s tallest baseball bat. Then head over to the river and hop on the Belle of Louisville/Spirit of Jefferson for a river cruise. You can opt for a lunch or dinner buffet, or simply buy a ticket for the cruise.

You can’t go to Louisville without a bourbon experience. Head to “Whiskey Row” and stop in Evan Williams Bourbon Experience to see the distillery, take a tour, and try bourbon. There’s also an Urban Bourbon Trail with 34 participating  bars and restaurants. Learn all about Kentucky’s bourbon culture and history.

Photos from http://www.gotolouisville.com 

5. Chicago, Illinois 

The third largest city in America, known as the Windy City because of its location on Lake Michigan, Chicago is an incredible place to visit. Definitely the most expensive weekend destination on this list, but well worth it with all there is to see. AirBNB prices start around $40 and hostels start around $20 per night.

No trip to Chicago is complete without a stop at Millennium Park and Navy Pier. The Bean and the Ferris Wheel are fun, cheap ways to explore during the day. From there head over to the John Hancock Tower. It has a 360 degree view of the city, and I recommend this over the Willis Tower because you will get better pictures of the Chicago skyline since the Willis Tower will actually be in it. You can shop at the Water Tower Place nearby, get a free sample from the Ghirardelli store and visit the Hershey’s Chocolate Company!

If you’re able to spend more money, there are many museums in Chicago. View the list here. You can look into getting a City Pass if you are planning to do multiple excursions, including the Willis Tower or John Hancock Building. It will save you a little money. There are also great sports teams! Go to a Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls or Blackhawks game. During any season there are incredible sporting events.

Photos from http://www.choosechicago.com 

So what are you waiting for? Grab some friends and head out! Happy exploring!

Kate

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