South Bend, IN

Travel Guide
Basilica of the Sacred Heart showing heritage architecture and a park

This thriving metropolis is known for its revered colleges, arts and entertainment centers, great shopping, restaurants, parks and plazas, and rich local history.

South Bend is a charming city with diversity in its arts, history, universities and shopping. Begin your stay exploring downtown. Find local, regional and international goods as well as boutique and handmade arts and crafts. Dining options are plentiful, with everything from counterculture coffee and ethnic foods to fine dining.

The colleges in South Bend foster a vibrant community of intellectual, scientific, artistic and sporting pursuits. See the iconic gilded Golden Dome and the statue of Mary on the main building at the University of Notre Dame.

Arts are big in South Bend so enjoy seeing a show or hearing the symphony orchestra play at the beautiful Morris Performing Arts Center. Originally built in 1921, the Morris Performing Arts Center is on the National Register for Historic Places.

If you are a history buff, be sure to walk through the Oliver Mansion and Center for History, the Victorian mansion that was Joseph D. Oliver’s house; he was the inventor of the chilled plow. Visit the indoor museum at the Military Honor Park and take the little ones to the children’s museum. Discover how Christian faith influenced life in South Bend at the Taylor Memorial Chapel and the Grotto of Our Lady at the University of Notre Dame.

With an array of parks and recreational centers, South Bend offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activity. Take a morning stroll through the city’s parks and gardens on the designated Riverwalk trails. Visit the wildlife oasis of Rum Village Nature Center and walk or bike through the woodlands. Take the kids to the Potawatomi Zoo and discover scientific gems and historical artifacts at the Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum.

South Bend is in North Central Indiana, 96 miles (155 kilometers) east of Chicago. The most efficient way to get around is by Transpo, the local bus system. If you choose to drive, the city is easy to navigate and taxis are readily available.

Where to stay in South Bend

Motel 6 South Bend, IN - Mishawaka
Motel 6 South Bend, IN - Mishawaka
2 out of 5
236 N Dixie Way, South Bend, IN
The price is $46 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in South Bend, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Notre Dame and Roseland Town Park. St. Mary's College and Grotto of Our Lady of ...
3.5/5 Good! (659 reviews)
"As expected for the price. Didn't have any issues but not a place you'd go for luxury. Good value."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Motel 6 South Bend, IN - Mishawaka
Morris Inn
Morris Inn
4 out of 5
1399 Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend, IN
The price is $129 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in the heart of South Bend, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Notre Dame, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and Grotto of Our Lady ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (654 reviews)
"It was the most beautiful and gorgeous campus. The Hotel was in the heart of Notre Dame well placed and very well maintained loved every bit of my stay."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Morris Inn
The Inn at Saint Mary's
The Inn at Saint Mary's
3.5 out of 5
53993 Indiana State Route 933, South Bend, IN
The price is $131 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
This family-friendly South Bend hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College. Basilica of the ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (968 reviews)
"Thank you!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

The Inn at Saint Mary's
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home With Porch Swing (3.7 Miles from Notre Dame)
Home With Porch Swing (3.7 Miles from Notre Dame)
South Bend, IN
The price is $100 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in South Bend, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rum Village Park, Howard Park, and Studebaker National Museum. Stanley Coveleski Field and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (14 reviews)
Clean, affordable accommodations in South Bend
"The property was an older 2-bedroom house that has seen better days but it was tidy, well-kept & very clean. Street parking. Location was close to downtown South Bend with its great selection of restaurants. Towels & linens were provided. Beds were comfy. Be advised that while the house has new TVs, ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Home With Porch Swing (3.7 Miles from Notre Dame)
Kasa South Bend-Notre Dame
Kasa South Bend-Notre Dame
3.5 out of 5
307 E Lasalle Ave, South Bend, IN
Located in Northeast South Bend, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, and ...
Kasa South Bend-Notre Dame
♥ Gorgeous Home ☞ 1 mile to Notre Dame & Eddy St ★ High Speed Wifi ★ Families an
♥ Gorgeous Home ☞ 1 mile to Notre Dame & Eddy St ★ High Speed Wifi ★ Families an
South Bend, IN
Located in Harters Heights, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of University of Notre Dame and Memorial Family Medicine Center. Fresenius Medical ...
5/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Amazing place!
"The house was clean and well stocked. The location was perfect. We went on a bunch of nice walks. Thanks for a great weekend away!"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

♥ Gorgeous Home ☞ 1 mile to Notre Dame & Eddy St ★ High Speed Wifi ★ Families an
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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