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Indianapolis at night, Indiana© W. Shane DoughertyIndianapolis at night, Indiana
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Most people know that Indianapolis is home to one of the world's most famous racetracks: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of the Indy 500 each May. Sports fans will also be familiar with the NBA's Pacers, the WNBA's Fever and the NFL's Colts. But did you know you'll also find the world's largest kids' museum in Indiana's capital? The Children's Museum of Indianapolis includes a planetarium and the popular Dinosphere.

Speaking of dinosaurs and other ancient life forms, archaeology buffs will get a kick out of Falls of the Ohio State Park in southern Indiana, where you can see exposed fossil beds dating back to the Devonian Period, 386 million years ago.

For history that's a bit more recent, head to Lincoln City, where you can learn about Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the state at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. In Fort Wayne, meanwhile, you can visit the Lincoln Museum, the largest museum in the world to focus on America's 16th president.

If architectural history is more your thing, don't miss the West Baden Springs National Historic Landmark, a 1902 hotel with a six-storey domed atrium whose size and span were unmatched until modern sports arenas were built.

America's second-largest Amish population lives in Indiana, and you can get a glimpse of their unique culture at several sites. In northern Indiana, enjoy a multimedia presentation and informative displays at Menno-Hof in Shipshewana, and learn about traditional crafts and see the play "Plain and Fancy" at Amish Acres in Nappanee. In Daviess County in southern Indiana, sign up for a guided tour of Amish country or go shopping for beautiful quilts.

Waterfall, Indiana© W. Shane DoughertyWaterfall, Indiana
© W. Shane Dougherty
Indiana's quiet byways and verdant farms provide lots of inspiration for photographers. But perhaps the most photogenic corner of the state is Parke County, where 30 covered bridges vie for shutterbugs' attention.

by Laura Byrne Paquet

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