Mobile through the Midwest with a 500 Mile Road Trip from Indianapolis
A road trip 500 miles from Indianapolis takes you through some of the best of the Midwest. Get to know the contemporary face of this beautiful region as you travel across historical corridors and landscapes. Be prepared for plenty of urban and outdoor adventures on your Indianapolis road trip with your Sixt car rental.
To Bloomington and Through Hoosier National Forest
Leaving Indy head south on State Road 37 and make your way through Monroe County to Bloomington, IN, a great place to overnight. During the day wander the grounds and facilities of the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Visit its fantastic museums like the Mather Museum of World Cultures or take a peek at prints from John James Audubon’s Birds of America at the Lilly Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Bloomington is also a real treat for foodies with over 100 restaurants in its downtown district offering up international eats.
Continuing onwards you will come to Bedford where you can hunt for treasures at the many antique shops or go for boat tour on the underground river that runs through Bluespring Caverns. Driving on you will link with the Indiana Historic Pathway, first on the Route 50 North Spur, and later the South Spur starting after Shoals. Make sure to stop off in French Lick-West Baden to marvel at the amazing French Lick Springs Resorts and West Baden Springs Hotel. Keep going east until Paoli to meet the 37 again and ride it down through the Hoosier National Forest until the town of Sulphur.
Ohio River Scenic Byway to Louisville, Kentucky
Enjoy the views while driving the Ohio River Scenic Byway, which winds through a beautiful, historically significant landscape. As you make your way through the lush hills and farmlands stop in quaint towns like Corydon, outdoor recreational areas or visit the wineries of Harrison County. Once in Louisville plan on staying a day or two to really get to know the largest city in Kentucky. Tour around its neighborhoods and take in its architectural gems. Louisville is home to the country’s largest Victorian district and third largest National Preservation District. Plan your trip right and you just might be in town for the world famous Kentucky Derby Festival or the St. James Court Art Show. When ready to move on, head towards Frankfort and from there take a scenic ride with detours to horse farms and historic distilleries en route to Lexington.
Lexington, KY to Cincinnati, OH
You can start the drive on either I-64 or Route 60 going east until Frankfort. Travel to Lexington on the Old Frankfort Pike which passes through six historic districts and four properties listed on the National Historic Register, or stay on 60 making your way through Versailles and the area’s horse farms and wildflowers. If you have the time, detour to Woodford Reserve Distillery where bourbon has been fine crafted since 1812. Stay overnight so you have time to see the many attractions. Stop by the Kentucky Horse Park, the largest restored Shaker community at Shaker Village or cruise the Bluegrass Country Driving Tour.
After you’ve had your fun in Lexington take the I-75 north to Cincinnati, Ohio, to spend another day and night exploring a great Midwestern city. Be sure to have one last meal in Kentucky on a floating restaurant along Riverboat Row before crossing into Ohio. While in Cincinnati tour around the different districts and check out the Over-the-Rhine historic district. There are museums to visit, a great zoo and botanical garden, plus more than 100 parks and green spaces. When you’ve had your fill, hop on the I-74 and make your way back to Indianapolis.
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