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Indiana

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Introduction

Indiana in the fall ©Jerry

Indiana, situated in the Midwest, is known as the 'Crossroads of America', with multiple national highways intersecting within its borders. This makes it easy to travel through the state's scenic stretches of rural land. In the north, Indiana borders the tip of Lake Michigan, and the peaceful Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses sandy beaches and expanses of wildflowers. Visitors might then explore the lanes of the Amish country in the northeast, wander through the antique alleys of Wayne County, see the historic covered bridges of Parke County or drive the picturesque Ohio River byway in the south.


Perhaps because of its long history of settlers and their clashes with Native Americans, or its strength in corn and soybean production, the state's name tends to conjure images of endless farmland and the pastoral lifestyle. In fact, the nickname for Indiana residents, 'Hoosiers', may derive from the pioneers' shout of 'Who's here?' when travellers knocked on remote cabin doors. The origin remains a subject of debate, but Hoosiers are quite proud of the nickname regardless.


The Hoosier state, however, is not without action. Indiana is a powerhouse in the sports world. It is home to the Indianapolis 500, one of the world's premier racing events, and to the Indianapolis Colts, one of the most competitive teams in the NFL. And, of course there is Indiana basketball, immortalized in the film 'Hoosiers', which approaches a religion. The state has a professional NBA team, the Indiana Pacers, but Hoosiers are equally enthusiastic about college basketball, including the Indiana University team (called what else? The Hoosiers), as well as high school basketball. In education, too, Indiana is at the forefront. Top institutions like the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University and DePauw University, and of course their sports teams, are located here.


Climate Info

Indiana generally has cold winters and hot, humid summers with higher temperatures overall in the south. Lake Michigan modifies the northern temperatures and also creates higher precipitation than in the rest of the state, with more snowfall in winter. Autumn is a pleasant time to travel to Indiana with lower humidity and sunny skies, while spring is often unstable and has high incidences of thunderstorms and tornadoes.


In the capital, Indianapolis, summers (June to August) see average temperatures ranging between 64°F (18°C) and 89°F (32°C), and the winters (December to February) are cold, with temperatures dipping down to 24°F (-4°C) in January, and occasionally getting as cold as -15°F (-26°C).


The best time to visit Indiana is summer and autumn, between June and October.


Getting Around

Indianapolis' multitude of major highways makes the self-drive option quite convenient. Traffic congestion, however, can be a problem. Public transportation is provided by IndyGo, with 28 fixed bus routes at $1.75 per single ride and $4 per all-day pass. The red and green lines service downtown attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping and nightlife spots.


Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

LocationThe airport is located seven miles (11km) from downtown Indianapolis.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 317 487 9594.

Getting to city

The Ground Transportation Center, located on the lower level of the parking garage, offers connections to shuttles, hotel courtesy vehicles, limousines and the IndyGo bus service. The bus departs the airport to downtown Indianapolis, and single fares are $1.75. Many area hotels also offer free shuttle transfers.

Car Rental

Rental car counters are located at the Ground Transportation Center. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty offer services.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi services are available at the curb on the lower level of the terminal just outside Baggage Claim. All taxis are metered, although there is a $15 minimum charge for all airport fares. Tipping is expected.

Airport Facilities

Facilities at the airport include a food court, concourse restaurants, shops and a guest services centre (offering a lost and found, visitor information and business services). There are also ATMs and currency exchange services, a games room, a barber shop, a spa, nursing rooms, shoe shine services, a meditation room, public telephones, and a USO Lounge.

Car Parking

Parking is available in a multi-level garage, as well as additional long-term and economy lots connected to the terminal by a free shuttle service. Long-term parking rates at Indianapolis International Airport are $9 per day in the economy lot, and $18 per day in the Park &Walk lot, or $2 per half hour in the short-term parking garage.

Websitewww.indianapolisairport.com


Evansville Regional Airport (EVV)

LocationThe airport is located three miles (5km) north of Evansville.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 between the second Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Getting to city

There is no public transportation to Evansville Airport, however shuttle services are provided to many nearby hotels, and taxis are available.

Car Rental

Car rental companies operating from the airport include Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Airpor Taxis

There are several taxi companies operating from the airport. Pick-up fees start from $3, and metered rates are around $2 per mile (1.2km). There is also a fixed rate service to anywhere in Evansville for around $25 with the company Feller Limousine and Sedan.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include an airport lounge, restaurant, cocktail lounge, travel agents, conference facilities, public telephones, lockers and information desk.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is $1 for the first hour, and $1 for each additional hour up to a maximum daily rate of $14. Long-term parking is $1 for the first hour, then $0.50 for each additional hour up to a maximum daily rate of $7, and a weekly rate of $35. The first ten minutes are free at both lots.

Websitewww.flyevv.com


Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA)

LocationThe airport is located eight miles (13km) southwest of Fort Wayne.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Hotel shuttles, rental cars, taxis and limousines are all available at the airport.

Car Rental

Car rental companies operating from the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi companies including the Yellow Taxi Cab Company and Royal Taxi operate at the airport.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a restaurant and coffee shop, a business centre, children's play areas, art exhibits, and an ATM. Incoming passengers are also given a freshly-baked cookie at the Welcome Center, which has an information desk and charging stations.

Car Parking

The short and long-term parking lots are free for the first 30 minutes. The short-term lot charges $2 per half hour and the long-term lot charges the same per hour or fraction thereof. Short-term parking is located opposite the terminal and has a daily maximum of $14. Long-term parking has a daily maximum of $9, while the economy lot, located farthest from the terminal, has a daily rate of $8 and a weekly rate of $40. Note that the economy lot does not accept cash payments and is credit card only.

Websitewww.fwairport.com


South Bend Airport (SBN)

LocationThe airport is located three miles (4.8km) northwest of South Bend.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Transpo offers service from the airport into South Bend on Route 4 from 6.13am to 9.38pm on weekdays, and 7am to 6pm on Saturdays. A one-way fare is $1. Intercity connections can be made via Greyhound, which offers services to Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Toledo.

Car Rental

Car hire companies operating from the airport have desks in the baggage claim area. These include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available on the main drive outside of the terminal's front entrance.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a restaurant and bar, a snack shop, an information centre, newsstands, ATMs, a business centre, and a first aid station.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is located opposite the terminal. The first 30 minutes are free, then parking is charged at $2 per hour up to a daily maximum of $13. Long-term parking is $1 per hour up to a daily maximum of $9. Economy, which is located farthest from the terminal, is $1 per hour up to a daily rate of $8 and a weekly rate of $40.

Websitewww.flysbn.com


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