Travel abroad will be interrupted for the foreseeable future, but it’s possible to put together a continental-style road trip through Indiana with stops in small towns that share their name with European colleagues. (However, note that the pronunciations can vary widely from country to country.)
Vincennes, the first capital of the Indiana Territory, originally took the form of a French trading post and later became known as the place where George Rogers Clark defeated the British in a battle for the Revolutionary War of 1778 and is now the largest Beaux-Arts monument houses outside of Washington, DC. Alongside the George Rogers Clark National Memorial on the banks of the Wabash River, historic landmarks include the city of Grouseland (former home of US President William Henry Harrison), the French House and the Old Cathedral Church. Find out more about Vincennes.
There is no thriving fashion industry in Indiana’s little Milan. However, guests are welcome to admire the retro sports uniforms and letter jackets at the 54 Hoosiers Basketball Museum as they learn all about the local Cinderella team that overthrew the powerful Muncie Central Bearcats to win the 1954 High School State Championship.
The charming city of Bern radiates from the Münsterberger Plaza and the Alpine-style bell tower that anchors the city center, while the Swiss Heritage Village and Museum offers a deep insight into the history and settlement of the city.
Warsaw, the seat of Koscuisko County, offers a landscape full of picturesque lakes and parks, making it a popular summer destination for Hoosiers looking for adventure and relaxation outdoors. If you can tear yourself away from the water, the city center has a number of quaint shops and restaurants to explore.
Other small towns in Indiana are proud to carry their European heritage. The “Village of Towers” in Oldenburg preserves the credibility of the old world with German street names, festivals, beer and restaurants. Indiana also claims authentic German restaurants such as the Schnitzelbank in Jasper, the Gerst Haus in Evansville and Moser’s Austrian Cafe in New Carlisle.
Chesterton’s seasonal European market is reminiscent of the open-air bazaars and street markets in France and Italy. Book a stay at Medieval Clayshire Castle in Bowling Green to enjoy the luxury and pampering of the Renaissance.
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