Amy Howell, Vice President of Tourism, Marketing and Communications for Visit Indiana, shared with us why Indiana is a must-visit state!
1. What is your destination most known for?
Most people would say Indiana is known for basketball and racing, but we’re much more than that. We have Dunes National Park to the north, the Ohio River to the south and more in between. The Hoosier State is diverse in experiences with natural wonders, man-made wonders, making Indiana the perfect place to visit, live, work, stay and play.
2. During this time, how can we enjoy your destination?
From hiking scenic trails or discovering plunging waterfalls, our scenery is perfect for outdoor adventures. There are hundreds of Indiana festivals and events. And remember to check out our signature dishes like the breaded-pork tenderloin sandwich or sugar cream pie.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a resident, there are travel opportunities to fit almost every itinerary. For more ideas, go to visitindiana.com.
3. What hidden gem should not be missed when visiting your destination?
It’s too hard to pick just one. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway in central Indiana is internationally recognized for the Indy 500. The Indiana Dunes National Park (and State Park) are recognized as the fourth most visited in NPS. But if you’re in southern Indiana, don’t miss our resort community of French Lick/West Baden. Two historic hotels with all the amenities set at the foot of the Hoosier National Forest.
4. What’s one feature that can’t be missed when visiting your website?
Indiana is directly in the path of the total solar eclipse of 2024. This is expected to be the single largest tourist event to ever happen in Indiana. People will be traveling from all over the world to experience the eclipse in the path of totality, which means people will not only need places to stay and food to eat, but they will want keepsakes, memorabilia, and things to do leading up to and after the eclipse. Go to https://www.visitindiana.com/eclipse2024/ to learn more.
5. How did you hear about NATJA, why did you join?
I sought out many organizations that vet travel writers. I’m pleased to say that I have found NATJA very beneficial. The connections you make in this group will last a lifetime.
6. Is there anything else you feel travel media should know about your destination?
Listen up foodies! The Indiana Foodways Alliance offers 21 culinary trails across the state. The Tenderloin Lovers Tails is the most popular, with the Hoosier Pie Trail a close second. Snatch your culinary passport at the following link: https://www.visitindiana.com/indiana-passports/culinary-passport/