South Bend Is the Best Road Trip in Indiana

Do you want to take a vacation, but don’t have the time or resources to plan something extravagant? Who says that you have to fly across the country to have an unforgettable getaway? If you’re an Indiana resident, we suggest taking a road trip to South Bend! Our town is located a five-hour drive from Rockport, the southernmost city in the state, so it’s easy for intrastate travel in Indiana! Let us help you plan your road trip in Indiana with the helpful tips below!  

When you’re ready to start planning your road trip, don’t forget to access our South Bend Travel Guide! In this free resource, we share tips and local insight on what to do during your trip.   

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Let’s Plan the Ultimate Road Trip in Indiana  

Why Visit South Bend?  

Northern Indiana is a great road trip option for many reasons. The best reason, though, is because its close to major metropolitan cities. It’s just five hours from Evansville and 2.5 hours from Indianapolis. These short drive times make South Bend the perfect weekend getaway in Northern Indiana 

It’s also a great option for out-of-state travelersas it’s 1.5 hours from Chicago to South BendOr, make the 3.5-hour trek from Motor City on a weekend getaway from DetroitNo matter where in the Midwest you live, a road trip to South Bend is a great option for a getaway that’s close to home!  

What to Do in South Bend 

The short driving distances to South Bend allows more time for things to do! If you’re visiting in the fall, we recommend driving up on a Friday for a Notre Dame football weekend. There’s also plenty to do outside of football season. Learn more about classic cars at the Studebaker National Museum. Or, explore culture, food, and more in downtown South Bend 

Where to Stay in South Bend  

Vincent Bendix Bedroom

Make The Oliver Inn your final stop on your road trip in Indiana. Our South Bend, Indiana, B&B has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Start each day of your trip with our innkeeper-made daily breakfast. Then, return to your comfortable accommodation to rest each night.  

Consider a stay in the Vincent Bendix Room. This bright, sunny room boasts a queen-size bed, private bathroom with a tub and a shower, and views of the Carriage House and gardens. For many of our return guests, this is their go-to room. We hope you will love it, too!  

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