Indiana: Hoosier State

Hoosier State

The state’s nickname is “Hoosier State”. According to growtheology, the largest city and capital is Indianapolis. The state is named after the original inhabitants – the name dates back to at least 1760 and was first used by the US Congress.


Before Europeans colonized present-day Indiana, the area was populated by various Indian tribes. The first European explorer in the area was the Frenchman Sieur de la Salle, who reached what is now South Bend in 1679. The British also arrived in the area around 1750, they were expelled 2 decades later during the American Revolutionary War. Although Indiana’s population was just over 50,000, a movement began around 1810 to make the area an official state. On December 11, 1816, Indiana formally became the 19th state of the United States.


Indiana borders the state of Michigan to the north, Illinois to the west , Ohio to the east, and Kentucky to the south. It is on Lake Michigan. The entire southern border is formed by the Ohio River , part of the western border by the Wabash River. The state is quite flat, the highest point is only 383m above sea level: Hoosier Hill. Because of this, it is usually very windy in Indiana, with about 20 tornadoes occurring annually.


In Indiana you can visit the Indiana Dunes National Park. It was established in 2019 as the first national park in the state of Indiana. The park is located in a strip of about 40 km on the shores of Lake Michigan. The park includes sandy beaches, dunes, marshes, forests, rivers and meadows.

South Bend, almost on the border with Michigan, is known in America for the University of Notre Dame, which in turn is known for its football team.

Vincennes is located in southwestern Indiana and is an ancient settlement. The Indy 500 is the most important auto race of the year in the US. The race will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana. The 500 in the name of the race indicates the number of miles covered. Dutchman Arie Luyendyk has won the Indy 500 twice, in 1990 and 1997.


This Bloomington, Indiana hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center and rooms with a fully equipped kitchen. Free WiFi is available and the Indiana University campus is 5 miles away.

All rooms at the Candlewood Suites Bloomington include cable and satellite TV, a DVD player and a sofa bed. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath or shower and a hairdryer.

The Bloomington Candlewood Suites offers barbecue facilities. Other facilities at the property include laundry facilities and a business center. The property offers free parking.

The hotel is 3.2 miles from Memorial Stadium and 2.1 miles from Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. Indianapolis International Airport is 40 miles away.


This hotel is located in the historic Chesapeake Building, across from the Circle Center Mall in downtown Indianapolis. It offers a free full breakfast buffet daily and free Wi-Fi.

A flat-screen TV, microwave and refrigerator are provided in every room at the Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown across from Circle Center. Some rooms and suites have a sofa bed. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in each room.

Business travelers can take advantage of the multiple meeting and event spaces. There is also a 24-hour business center with remote printing. After a long day, work out in the hotel’s fitness center.

The Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium are less than 1 km from the hotel. The Bankers Life Fieldhouse is a 5-minute walk from the Hampton Inn. The world famous Indianapolis Zoo is also just a 5 minute drive away.


This Michigan City hotel is just 5 miles from Lake Michigan. It offers an indoor pool, hot tub and rooms with free Wi-Fi.
All rooms at the Country Inn & Suites Michigan City include cable TV. Guests can enjoy the convenience of an in-room microwave and refrigerator during their stay. A full hot breakfast is served daily with a custom station, fresh fruit and gourmet coffee.
Michigan City Country Inn & Suites features a fitness center. Laundry facilities and a library are also available.
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets Shopping Center is 4 miles away. The Blue Chip Casino is a 15-minute drive away.

Hoosier State