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Top Choice Brewery in Northern Indiana

3 Floyds Brewing Co

At 3 Floyds brewpub, heavy-metal music blares. There are burly beards and tattoo sleeves all around. And hoppy suds. 3 Floyds has earned a cult following by brewing with tons of weird hops. Beer geeks drive for mile…
Top Choice American in Indianapolis

Tinker Street

Fork into seasonal dishes such as Indiana asparagus with quinoa and garlic chips or a blue-cheese-topped lamb burger. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are plentiful. The industrial-meets-rustic-wood decor is just …
Top Choice Diner in Indiana Dunes

Great Lakes Cafe

This colorful Greek family diner sits right in front of a steel mill, whose workers pile in for the cheap, hearty pancakes, meatloaf, butterfly shrimp, bacon-pecan brownies and whatever else features on the whiteboa…
Top Choice Deli in South Bend

Oh Mamma's on the Avenue

This cute little grocery store and deli features toasted sandwiches, heaps of cheeses from the region (including awesome housemade goat's milk cheese), fresh-baked bread, cannoli and gelato. Staff are super-friendly…
Museum in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500 motor race, is Indy's super-sight. The Speedway Museum features some 75 racing cars (including former winners), a 500lb Tiffany trophy and a track tour ($8 extra). OK, so y…
Cave in Ohio River

Marengo Cave

A plunge into Marengo Cave is highly recommended. It offers a 40-minute tour (adult/child $17/10), 60-minute tour ($20/12) or combination tour ($28/16) walking past stalagmites and other ancient formations. You can …
Microbrewery in Nashville

Big Woods Brewing Co

It's hard to beat a set of beer samples on Big Woods' porch on a bright fall day. The timber-framed building feels like a cozy cabin. Eight house brews are on tap, and burgers and pulled-pork nachos satisfy if hunge…
Brewery in Ohio River

New Albanian Brewing Company Public House

This pizzeria and tap room has a badass attitude. Strong, slap-your-face brews, heavy-metal artwork, bread sticks, beer cheese and beer flights bring out the region's seasoned drinkers. Located in New Albany, across…
Museum in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Museum of Art

This museum has a terrific collection of European art (especially Turner and post-Impressionists), African tribal art, South Pacific art and Chinese works. The complex also includes Oldfields – Lilly House & Gar…
Shrine in Northern Indiana

Grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery

Polish monks built a series of trippy, fluorescent shrines at this Carmelite monastery hiding in suburban Munster. First came 250 tons of sponge rock that the friars used for the grotto's dark, twisting, three-story…