More than just a friendly Midwestern state with a strong passion for college football (but really, there’s no denying that Hoosier loves it), Indiana is a pretty big state with a wide variety of great cities and recreational opportunities. outside. When planning a visit, it helps to think of Indiana, or Indy as locals affectionately call it, as a state made up of two different regions: north and south. And there’s a lot to explore in each.
The northernmost part of Indiana has natural features such as lakes, forests, and scenic backdrops perfect for cabin living. It’s also home to Indiana Dunes National Park, an impressive 15-mile stretch of shoreline and dunes along the clear waters of Lake Michigan. Here, hikers, beachgoers, and nature lovers can enjoy 15,000 acres of hiking trails, sandy beaches, and various wetlands on the scenic shores of the lake.
Indianapolis sits in the heart of the state, with Brown County State Park, Hoosier National Forest, and historic downtowns located just below in southern Indiana. And because it’s the Midwest, we’d be remiss not to mention that it’s also where you can find major campuses like Indiana University Bloomington, so you can expect centers -towns have that distinct college town influence. And because college towns tend to attract throngs of visitors, you can certainly expect to find designer cabins and stays for all those foreigners.
If you want to visit Indiana during the warmer months, take a trip in July and August, when temperatures typically hit the 80s. But early fall might be the best time to visit Indiana ( and in there, a cabin in Indiana), thanks to the pleasant conditions of September and October which allow for a lot of time outdoors with low humidity and beautiful, long days.
Ready to book an outdoor getaway in the Hoosier State? Check out the following expert-curated picks for the best rental cabins in Indiana.
[Editor’s Note: Check out our top picks for Minnesota Treehouse Rentals and the Best Glampsites in Wisconsin for more Midwest R&R options.]