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Travel Series: Indiana, the “Crossroads of America”

Welcome back to KPG Healthcare’s Travel Series!

This week, we are turning our attention toward the American Midwest to one of the eight states that make up the Great Lakes Region, Indiana! Indiana was the 19th state admitted into the United States and, today, it is known for leading the nation in manufacturing job growth.

Indiana’s motto is the “Crossroads of America” due to its central location to four major US Highways: Interstate 65, 69, 70, and 74. There is so much Indiana provides in the Midwest region of the country, so continue scrolling to see what else the “Hoosier State” has to offer!

Indianapolis

Indianapolis, or Indy, is known for its largest single-day sporting event, the Indy 500, but there’s so much more this city has to offer like lush green spaces, the world’s largest children’s museum, an insane food scene, and so much more.

One of the many great attributes to Indy is the Cultural Trail which was established in 2013. The purpose of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is to “enrich lives and connect people and places through dynamic and beautiful experiences” through the Cultural Trail and the Pacers Bikeshare program. The nonprofit that looks after the Cultural Trail also offers Bike and Food Tours for those looking for in-depth knowledge of Indianapolis!

The food scene in Indy is internationally known for its awarding-winning restaurants, incredible indoor/outdoor marketplaces and plenty of rooftop and garden dining during those Spring and Summer months. Every foodie loves a good marketplace and Indy has plenty of marketplaces to choose from like the International Marketplacethe City MarketGarfield Park Farmers Market and Goose the Market. Each market is different, so make sure to check out the websites to see what each market has!

Indy is the place for world-class sporting events, an award-winning culinary scene, outdoor enthusiasts and plenty of good times.

Check out these great lists of things to do in Indianapolis: Cool Things to do in IndyFree Things25 Most Instagrammable Places in Indy,

Evansville

Evansville, which sits on the southern border between Indiana and Kentucky, is a lot quieter than Indianapolis, but that does not mean this city is a complete snooze-ville.

Did you know Evansville is home to the Willard Carpenter house? Willard Carpenter was known as Evansville’s “Pioneer of Public Charity,” as his home was one of the first stops of the Underground Railroad for slaves crossing the Ohio River. As mentioned above, Evansville is also home to the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, which was home to a thriving Native American community known as the Mississippians. Here, visitors can explore the 500-acre portion of the site which has been preserved for amazing hiking and bike trails.

There is plenty of outdoor activities like kayaking or camping, you can check out Indiana’s first casino, Tropicana, or check out the University of Evansville for some awesome architecture. Wherever you go in Evansville, just enjoy another lifestyle that is different from yours.

Check out these great lists of things to do in Evansville: 25 Best Things to doUnusual ThingsFree Things10 Instagrammable Places in Evansville

Fort Wayne

Nestled along three rivers, Fort Wayne is a major component in the continued growth and innovation of Indiana. Being the second-largest metropolitan city, Fort Wayne receives accolades like Most Livable City and an All-American City.

Fort Wayne has so much to offer from festivals & fairs, an Amish county, a riverfront, over 100 miles of hiking trails, sporting events, and a great live music scene. Some of the great festivals & fairs that happen in Fort Wayne include BBQ FestBrewed In The Fort Craft Beer FestivalGrabill County FairFort Wayne Pride, and more! There’s always something happening in Fort Wayne.

While Fort Wayne lacks pro-league teams, they do have teams who play in the D-Leagues in hockey (Komets), basketball (Mad Ants), and baseball (TinCaps). Purdue University also has a campus in Fort Wayne for some college sports fans out there. Fort Wayne is a great option for anyone looking for a flourishing metropolitan city with plenty of opportunities to explore this Midwest All-American city.

Check out these great lists of things to do in Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne Bucket ListFree Things to Do24 Hours in Fort Wayne15 Most Instagrammable Places,  

Bloomington

Indiana University was born into existence two years after Bloomington was established and has become such an integral component of growth for this town.

Indiana University is home to the amazing Jacobs School of Music with one America’s greatest performance venues and largest academic music libraries, plus the most expansive university museum collections in the US at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art. Both university locations are open to the public for a fee, so it’s definitely worth checking out!

Bloomington is also known for its incredible outdoor recreation with the option to do just about anything you want! From camping to golfinghiking to cycling, Bloomington has the opportunity to offer it all for outdoor enthusiasts. Maybe take a bike ride to Downtown Bloomington for breakfast at Bloomington Bagel Company then take a stroll through the local shops until you drop. This is a college town, so enjoy the intimate yet thriving community that makes up Bloomington!

Check out these great lists of things to do in Bloomington: 21 Best Things to DoUnusual ThingsFree Things15 Instagrammable Places in Bloomington

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These are just a few of the many great cities Indiana has to offer out-of-state visitors. Did you know there’s a small town in Indiana called Santa Claus? Yes, Santa Claus. Each year, this town receives tens of thousands of Christmas letters from children dating back to 1914. It’s also home to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, a combination theme park and water park.

Indiana, am I right?? There’s so much to be discovered in Indiana! We offer Travel Nursing opportunities in the All-American state of Indiana! Send us your resume to travel@kpghealthcare.com to get in contact with a recruiter.