Super 8 Elkhart ~ Elkhart, Indiana

We spent one brief night in Elkhart, Indiana on our way to Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland, Ohio. My brain wasn’t thinking as straight when we arrived due to having to survive nearly two hours in Chicago traffic, so I failed to take any photos of our room so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

The Super 8 in Elkhart is located just off the tollway and south of the interstate. It’s a simple two story hotel like most Super 8’s are. The hotel did still have signs requesting all guests wear masks in public spaces, but given the front desk worker wasn’t even wearing one, I’m guessing this is more a suggestion at this point.

The front desk staff checked us in quickly and did give us a choice of what level we would like. We didn’t have a preference but wound up on the second floor very close to the steps leading up. I have no problem with being placed on the second level as most Super 8’s like this one, do not have elevators, so this allows able bodied people like ourselves to work with stairs and saves rooms on the main level for those who stairs might be more difficult.

There wasn’t much special about our room. It had two queen beds, your standard TV stand with TV, fridge and microwave, and a bathroom with the basic necessities. It wasn’t the best room we’ve ever stayed in but certainly wasn’t the worst either. It is showing its age with some loose shower hooks and the shower head was very low, even with me being short, I could tell it was low! But all in all nothing major to complain about!

Just across the street is a Starbucks, so we took advantage of enjoying breakfast there instead of at the hotel, but they were offering some kind of breakfast at the hotel that morning. Across the main drag there were also several other restaurants that were within easy walking distances and a few more to the north of the interstate. Other than that our hotel was surrounding by a lot of construction/industrial work buildings, making it seem not “as nice” as some hotel area we’ve stayed, but by no means did we ever feel unsafe.

It also was just a quick 10 minute drive south to hit the river and the main downtown area of Elkhart. We did spend some time down there walking around Island Park, which was a delight. If we had to stay in the area again, the price is right at this Super 8 to do so, but staying closer to the downtown area may be more enjoyable if they have anything to offer down that way for lodging.

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Island Park ~ Elkhart, Indiana

Last week we returned from a whirlwind roadtrip from South Dakota to Ohio and back again! Our first main pitstop along the way was in Elkhart, Indiana. We arrived in town by dinner time (at least for us given we had just made the switch from Central to Eastern time), checked into our hotel, and then decided we wanted to go somewhere for a decent walk after being in the car for countless hours that day. Chicago traffic especially wore us down!

After a quick scout on Google Maps, it seemed that Island Park would be a great place to get a nice little walk in. We actually parked in a small lot near the railroad tracks that appears to mainly be used for those fishing along the river. This allowed us to access the river walk and from there head over the bridge to Island Park.

As you can see from the photo above, bridge is the one way to access Island Park. Island park actually has three bridges into the park. One from the north, which didn’t seem to have a nearby parking lot, one from the south which could be accessed from the river walk via our small fishing lot, or you could park in the lot by a new fitness center, and one from the east near several banks and businesses, which I supposed you could park in later in the evening.

Once in Island Park, there’s a trail that winds around the islands perimeter. They also have a band shell, picnic area, small fountain, playground, and lots and lots of swing benches to sit on and enjoy the views!

These swing benches also exist along the River Walk, which is actually where we took our photo shown above!

The park was gorgeous and not very crowded which made it rather peaceful. We entered from the south bridge and exited on the east and then took the River Walk back to our car. It was fun to check out various portions of this park and the River Walk and was a great way to stretch our legs after the long drive, knowing we had a decent drive ahead of us the next day as well.

Elkhart seems like a lovely town, and maybe someday we will have to return to explore it further when we aren’t just “passing through.”

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Indiana Bucket List ~ East Region

We’ve reached the final region in Indiana today! Tomorrow we will head into Ohio!


  • Mounds State Park: Park that features 10 Native American mounds.


  • Ouabache State Park: Enjoy this park that sits along the river and a lake.

Fort Wayne

  • Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory: Beautiful, enclosed conservatory located downtown.

Fountain City

  • Levi and Catherine Coffin State Historic Site: This house was known as “Grand Central Station” along the Underground Railroad.

New Castle

  • Summit Lake State Park: Take in gorgeous views of this lake that is the centerpiece of this park.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ Central Region

I’ve had an itch to visit the capital city of Indiana for quite some time now, maybe someday we will make this itch a reality!


  • Museum of Miniature Houses: This museum is filled with dollhouses filled with miniatures.


  • Conner Prairie: Living history museum that shows what life along the river was like in the 19th century.


  • Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site: Home of the 23rd president of the United States.
  • Fort Harrison State Park: This park features portions of the old Fort Harrison and a WWII POW camp.
  • Indiana Historical Society: Visit this museum to learn all you need to know about the history of the state.
  • Indiana State Capitol: Visit the heart of Indiana’s government.
  • Indiana State Museum: This museum combines the science, history, art, and culture that made the state what it is today.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum: Explore the history and culture of the Indy 500.
  • Indianapolis Zoo: Explore all the species this zoo has to offer.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ South Central

Moving back towards the center of the state and hitting the South Central region of Indiana today!


  • Bluespring Caverns: Take a boat tour of this underground cavern.


  • Clifty Falls State Park: Park with a waterfall feature.


  • Whitewater Canal State Historic Site: One of the only active aqueducts in the world. Enjoy a boat ride in the canal.


  • Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Boyhood Home: See where one of the first astronauts in space grew up.
  • Spring Mill State Park: Enjoy the history of this mill located in the park.

North Vernon

  • Muscatatuck Park: Pretty park to camp and explore the nature trails.


  • Versailles State Park: Explore the rolling hills of this park, which is the second largest state park in the state.


  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park: Honors the life of George Rogers Clark who helped promote westward expansion and frontier life.
  • Grouseland-William H. Harrison Mansion and Museum: Home of former president William H. Harrison.
  • Vincennes State Historic Sites: Explore the history of the town and area.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ South Region

Moving to the Southern portion of Indiana today!


  • Charlestown State Park: Park on the banks of the Ohio River.


  • Falls of he Ohio State Park: Explore this waterfall area across the river from Louisville, KY.


  • Corydon Capitol State Historic Site: Commemorates Indiana’s first capitol.


  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site: Preserves old Native American mounds.
  • USS LST Ship Memorial Inc.: Tour the last fully operational WWII Landing Ship Tank.

Lincoln City

  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: Explore the land a young Abe Lincoln called home.
  • Lincoln State Park: Explore several miles of trails at a site that helps to understand the life of early settlers in Indiana.


  • Marengo Cave: One of only four show caves in Indiana.

New Albany

  • Harmonie State Park: Hike through the ravines.


  • Toyota Visitors Center/Plant Tours: Learn how these vehicles are made!

Santa Claus

  • Santa Claus Museum and Village: Explore this Christmas themed museum and village.
  • Santa’s Candy Castle: Perfect for a great photo opt in this town that embraces Christmas culture.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ West Region

Headed down the western side of Indiana today!


  • Fortune Woods: Also known as Big Walnut Nature Preserve, this area has fun hiking trails through the woods.


  • Wabash and Erie Canal Park: Canal built to link the Ohio River to the Great Lakes.


  • Fern Cliff Nature Preserve: Hike among the cliffs and ravines.


  • Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and Park: Location of the Battle of Tippecanoe.
  • Prophetstown State Park: Site of an old Shawnee Native American village.

Parke County

  • Turkey Run State Park: Fun state park with unique hiking in the woods and rocks!


  • McCormick’s Creek State Park: Indiana’s oldest state park that features waterfalls.


  • Shades State Park: Peaceful place to hike along the creek.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ North Region

Today we move into a new state that for me has some shorter bucket lists! Today we explore the North Region of Indiana.


  • Indiana Dunes State Park: This beautiful dune area is located along the shores of Lake Michigan.

North Liberty

  • Potato Creek State Park: Gorgeous wooded area along the creek.


  • Indiana Dunes National Park: Indiana’s only National park is located along Lake Michigan and is one of the most recent areas to gain National Park status in the United States.

South Bend

  • Studebaker National Museum: Explore this history of a wide array of vehicles.


  • National Mascot Hall of Fame: Honors all sorts of famous sports mascots!


  • Tippecanoe River State Park: Explore the wetland shoreline along the river.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.