Indiana, commonly referred to as the Hoosier State, is located in the Great Lakes region of the United States. It is the 38th largest state in total size and 16th largest in population. Residents of the state are typically called “Hoosiers”, which is believed by many to be a derogatory term meaning country bumpkin. Indiana was admitted to the Union on December 11, 1816, making it the 19th state. The state’s name means land of Indians. Indianapolis is the state’s largest city and serves as the capital.
Indiana is home to four cities that boast populations of 100,000 or more: Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Evansville and South Bend. Other notable cities include Richmond, Valparaiso, Terre Haute, Kokomo and Gary. The state has several top-notch colleges and universities, with Purdue and Notre Dame being listed in the top 50 of the National University Rankings by U.S. News and World Report.
Those looking for things to do in Indiana don’t have to look very far. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Zoo are premiere destinations for families while Indianapolis Motor Speedway welcomes race fans to the wildly popular Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. Indiana is also home to several professional sports teams, including the Colts, Pacers and Fever. Those who prefer to visit places of historic value will enjoy George Rogers Clark National Historic Park in Vincennes or Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort in Nappannee. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the beauty and opportunities for fun they find at Brookville Lake in Brookville or Clifty Falls in Madison. While Indiana may not be the most obvious choice for a vacation, there is fun and adventure waiting around every bend.