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Southern Indiana

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Belle of Louisville featuring a bay or harbor and a ferry as well as a small group of people

Hoosier traditions add a unique slant to your trip to the towns of this region, while the forest offers a serene spot for a picnic beside old buffalo grounds.

Visit Southern Indiana to discover a region with proud traditions and a varied topography. Its cities are known for the famous Hoosier culture, while Hoosier National Forest is among the leafy preserves that show off the area’s scenic hills and valleys. Travel through the southern part of this Midwestern state for insights into its exceptional culture and terrain.

Arrive in the largest city in the region, Evansville, for a sense of local culture. Bring the kids to the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, before watching a game of baseball at Bosse Field. This is one of the oldest baseball arenas in the U.S., having been inaugurated in 1915. Check out the USS LST Ship Memorial docked along the Ohio River, taking a look around what is the last fully operational World War II Landing Ship in the country.

For less urban activities, explore Hoosier National Forest. Set out on trails meandering up and down the park’s hills or try horseback riding, fishing or camping.

Follow the Buffalo Trace route across the southern part of the state. Long before major settlements, buffalo and Native American people lived in these areas. Find information at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville. Marengo Cave and Patoka Lake State Park offer other outdoor adventures.

Plan an eclectic family trip to French Lick, with casinos and spas for adults and the French Lick Scenic Railway for kids of any age. Purchase candy from one of the country’s oldest family-owned candy companies in Jeffersonville and visit an Amish village in Montgomery.

Southern Indiana is separated from Kentucky by the Ohio River. Arrive at Indianapolis International Airport and drive south for 165 miles (265 kilometers) to reach Evansville in less than 3 hours. Louisville, Kentucky, is just across the river. Explore the surroundings for nearby cities such as Cincinnati, Lexington and Nashville across state borders. The region has a distinctive Hoosier culture, as well as a varied and picturesque topography.

Where to stay in Southern Indiana

Radisson Hotel Louisville North
Radisson Hotel Louisville North
3 out of 5
505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN
Fully refundable
The price is $87 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of KFC Yum Center, Louisville Waterfront Park, and Kentucky International Convention Center. Louisville ...
3.8/5Good! (1,687 reviews)
"We didn't go to the indoor pool, it looked really nice, the outdoor pool could have been cleaned up a little better, the net to skim the pool looked like it. Hadn't been used in a little while the staff was all very friendly, courteous and prompt, the breakfast was exceptional, location was good ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Radisson Hotel Louisville North
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $159 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in West Main Historic District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Actors Theatre of Louisville, KFC Yum Center, and Kentucky International ...
3.9/5Very Good! (2,459 reviews)
"Great ext"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Omni Louisville Hotel
Omni Louisville Hotel
4.5 out of 5
400 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $144 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in West Main Historic District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fourth Street Live! and Kentucky International Convention Center. KFC ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,103 reviews)
"Pool was beautiful"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Omni Louisville Hotel
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.
The Villas at French Lick Springs
The Villas at French Lick Springs
3 out of 5
8718 W State Road 56, French Lick, IN
The price is $200 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Situated in French Lick, this golf condo building is within a 10-minute walk of French Lick Casino, Indiana Railway Museum, and Big Splash Adventure. Indoor ...
4.3/5Excellent! (79 reviews)
"Great location up in the hills behind the resort. I've been visiting French Lick since 1984 and it gets better every time I come back."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

The Villas at French Lick Springs
Lake Rudolph RV Resort and Campground
Lake Rudolph RV Resort and Campground
2 out of 5
78 North Holiday Blvd, Santa Claus, IN
Situated in Santa Claus, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Claus Museum and Holiday World and Splashin' Safari. Santa's Candy Castle and Christmas ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
"It was a very clean and good weekend"

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Lake Rudolph RV Resort and Campground
Outdoor Escape... Rustic Newly Built log Cabin Within 8 Minutes of French Lick
Outdoor Escape... Rustic Newly Built log Cabin Within 8 Minutes of French Lick
French Lick, IN
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Indiana Railway Museum, French Lick Casino, and Big Splash Adventure. Indoor Karting Track ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
A Great Place to Escape
"The cabin was awesome. It was super clean. Have every amenity. To include air conditioning. The grill was a nice touch and the place was immaculate. Thanks for some great memories."

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Outdoor Escape... Rustic Newly Built log Cabin Within 8 Minutes of French Lick
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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