• Angel Mounds State Historic Site
8215 Pollack Ave., Evansville, IN, 47715, (812) 853-3956, <www.angelmounds.org>: From 1100 to 1450 AD, several thousand people of the Middle Mississippian culture lived in a stockaded town here. It’s now one of the country’s best-preserved prehistoric American Indian sites.
• Conner Prairie
13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038, (800) 966-1836, <www.connerprairie.org>: Travel back in time at this outdoor museum’s Conner Homestead, Lenape (Delaware) Indian Camp, 1836 Prairietown pioneer settlement and 1886 Liberty Corner rural village.
• Historic National Road
Follows Highway 40, (765) 478-3172, <www.indiananationalroad.org>: In 1806, Congress funded a road from Maryland to Illinois. Drive it through Indiana’s heartland, stopping at sites such as Cambridge City’s Huddleston Farmhouse Inn Museum (home to the Indiana National Road Association) and the Brazil Historic District.
• Historic New Harmony
New Harmony, IN 47631, (800) 231-2168, <www.usi.edu/hnh>: Pietists of the Harmonie Society founded New Harmony on the Wabash River in 1814. Later, industrialist Robert Owen tried to establish a model community here. You can tour places such as Thralls Opera House and the Roofless Church.
• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, US Highway 12 and Kemil Road, (219) 926-7561, ext. 225, <nps.gov/indu>: Carl Sandburg called the sand dunes in this 25-mile stretch along Lake Michigan “a signature of time and eternity.” In 1899, Henry Cowles’ ecology studies sparked a movement to preserve them. Part of the area became a state park in 1926; the lakeshore was created in 1966.
Highway 52, 60 miles east of Indianapolis, (765) 647-2109, <www.metamoraindiana.com>: This 1838 canal town has old-fashioned shops and a gristmill where you can pick up fresh stone-ground cornmeal. Ride a canal boat, take a trip on the Whitewater Railroad and visit the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site.
• Northern Indiana Center for History
808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601, (574) 235-9664, <www.centerforhistory.org>: Copshaholm — the mansion and gardens of 20th century industrialist J.D. Oliver — offers exhibits on Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and more.