State Park in Nashville

Brown County State Park

A few miles southeast of Nashville, Brown County is Indiana's largest state park. Trails stripe the 15,700-acre stand of oak, hickory and birch trees and give hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders access to t…
Museum in Fairmount

Fairmount Historical Museum

Fans of actor James Dean should head directly here to see the Hollywood icon's bongo drums, among other artifacts. This is also the place to pick up a free map that will guide you to sites such as the farmhouse wher…
Buddhist Site in Bloomington

Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

Founded by the Dalai Lama's brother, this colorful, prayer-flag-covered cultural building and its traditional stupas are worth a look. A gift shop sells traditional Tibetan items inside, and meditation sessions that…
Museum in Bloomington

Eskenazi Museum of Art

Indiana University's art museum, designed by IM Pei, has an excellent, genre-spanning collection. Highlights include African art, 19th-century American painting, German expressionism and modern works by Joan Miró, P…
Museum in Nashville

Bill Monroe Music Park & Bluegrass Hall of Fame

This museum, 5 miles north of Nashville, hails bluegrass hero Bill Monroe, who created the finger-picking musical style. A celebrated, week-long bluegrass festival takes place in the surrounding park in mid-June, an…
Museum in Fairmount

James Dean Gallery

The privately owned James Dean Gallery has several rooms of memorabilia (bronze busts, photos, clocks, Dean's high school yearbooks) in an old Victorian home downtown. The owners are a font of local information.
Monastery in Bloomington

Dagom Gaden Tensung Ling Monastery

Roam the quiet grounds to see traditional Tibetan colors and designs. The monastery also offers free teachings and meditation sessions.