Road Trip in Indiana
Welcome to “The Crossroads of America"!
From exciting outdoor adventures to moving cultural monuments, it's no secret Indiana lives up to its state motto—and it's no wonder you're ready to discover it all.
Before taking off, consider a few things: Can you legally drive in the state? Are there any specific traffic rules of which you might not be aware? What about navigation—do you have any state, county, or city maps on hand?
Sounds like a lot to take in; we know. That's why we've outlined all the major parts for you below.
Driving in Indiana
Undoubtedly, you're excited to start mapping your travel through The Hoosier State; however, before you pack the last of your luggage in the trunk, you must make sure to cover all your legal bases.
What about your driver's license, though? Does it meet the legal requirements to drive in the state? Regulations can get tricky, for adults and teens alike.
Generally, a visiting adult with a valid out-of-state driver's license can legally drive in the state.
However, visiting teen drivers (and even adults who are under 21 years old) should contact the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) for details on how your current out-of-state permit or license matches up with the state's Graduated Driver's License (GDL) system.
Contact the IN BMV for specific details on driving in IN with a foreign license.
IN State Traffic Rules
The Indiana Driver's Manual provides information about regulations and other driving-related applications including:
- How to read the state's traffic signs and signals.
- Tips for safe vehicle operation.
- What to do during accidents and other emergency situations.
You can also check out our guide to Indiana safety laws to get yourself up to speed on regulations regarding child car seats, cell phones, and more.
Major IN Roads
Interstates (I) and U.S. Routes (US) help travelers get to and through the Hoosier State. Here are a few of the major IN roadways you should know.
- Runs east to west across Southern Indiana through Duncan, Coryden, White Could, St. Croix, Dale, and Griffin. Connects to Kentucky and Illinois.
- Travels north to south through Gary, Lafayette, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Scottsburg. Connects to Kentucky.
- Bi-sects the state going north to south through Angola, Fort Wayne, Fishers, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Washington, and Evansville. Links to Michigan.
- Runs east to west through Richmond, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute. Continues to Ohio and Illinois.
- Travels southeast to northwest through Greensburg, Shelbyville, Indianapolis, and Crawfordsville. Connects to Ohio and Illinois.
- Hugs the Northern Indiana border going east to west through Metz, Bristol, South Bend, Notre Dame, La Porte, and Gary. Connects to Ohio and Illinois with exits for Michigan.
- Runs east to west through Northern Indiana through Waterford, Chesterton, New Chicago, and Hammond. Continues to Michigan and Illinois.
- Rings the Indianapolis suburbs, traveling through Lawrence, Warren Park, University Heights, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pike Township, and Castleton.
- US 20
- Travels east to west across Northern Indiana between Angola, La Grange, Elkhart, South Bend, Rolling Prairie, and Michigan City. Continues into Ohio.
- US 30
- Runs southeast to northwest, passing through Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso, and Schererville. Continues into Ohio and Illinois.
- US 31
- Travels north to south between Notre Dame, South Bend, La Paz, Mexico, Kokomo, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Scottsburg. Continues into Michigan and Kentucky.
- US 50
- Runs east and west from Lawrenceburg to Versailles, Seymour, Bedford, and Washington. Continues into Ohio and Illinois.
Indiana Road Trip Destinations
The Hoosier State offers a number of fascinating destinations for every traveler's interests!
Often referred to as the “Racing Capital of the World," Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which excites those with a need for speed with races like the famous Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400.
Aside from catching an NFL Indianapolis Colts game, sports enthusiasts can check out the College Football Hall of Fame and the NCAA Hall of Champions.
Indiana also is steeped in rich cultural history. For example, the University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart is open to the public year round and the Indiana War Memorial Museum provides exhibits on wars from the Revolutionary War until present day.
Of course, there's a wealth of hiking, biking, camping, fishing, and hunting destinations for the outdoorsy in your group. Just take a look at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website for everything you need to know about locations, maps, and certain legal requirements (such as fees, licenses, and permits).
For more ideas planning your Indiana road trip, check out the state government's Visiting and Playing page.