Please hlep me make my mothers trip to Northern Indiana unforgettable for good reasons this time.
April 2, 2012 1:15 PM Subscribe
Looking for places to see and things to do in Northern Indiana and surrounding areas up to a day drive away.
My mother is coming from Australia to visit me in the US, she has been a couple of times before and while she's liked visiting she would really like to get out and have a few adventures while she is here.
I am currently living in NW Indiana and none of my friends and family here can seem to come up with any suggestions as to what someone from another country might like to see.
Things to take into account
She is 72 years old so can't hike long distances but she likes bushwalking/hicking on gentle and well graded trails but can usually manage an hour or so of walking around before she needs a coffee break, then she's usually good to go again. We can travel a day and overnight for a night here or there, but too much traveling tires her out.
- She will be here for the month of July.
- She would really like to see things she couldn't see in Australia.
- She loved going to Wolf Park and howling with wolves last time she was here, and we had several great trips to Chicago and to see the covered bridges south of here and she's been to Indy.
- She lives 2 minutes walk from pristine and pretty well deserted beaches back home and I suspect she would find the whole Indiana Dunes area too busy and polluted (she's a beach snob).
Things she likes - Antiquing and cute little villages with shops to mooch around, trying new foods, art (but not too folksy or cute she has very modern tastes), historical buildings, guided tours. seeing Native Flora and Fauna, pretty views. She loves learning new things and so good guided tours where she could learn in depth history and details of early American life would interest her.
I would really like to make this trip memorable for her as last time she came she got really bad food poisoning and ended up in hospital and almost dying so got to see pretty much nothing but the inside of a hospital the whole time she was her. We both jokingly have a goal of wiping out the memory of that trip.
Ideas I've had include - Going to a Buffalo Farm, Blue Berry picking, Taking her to Conner Prairie though I worry that's more for kids. Driving up to Mackinaw, touring Notre Dame campus.
Any and all ideas appreciated. I suspect her main criteria is stuff she can boast about to her friends when she gets back home.