From the hustle and bustle of Indianapolis to the quiet riverside towns and all the natural beauty in between, Indiana is a hidden gem of a state that has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to splash into some outdoor activities, get inspired by the arts and culture scene, or just take it easy on a relaxing shoreline or in an idyllic small town, Indiana is more than just a leg on a journey – it’s a destination. Whatever takes you to The Hoosier State, field trips, corporate events, sporting events, BusBank is here to take care of all of your group travel needs. BusBank is the premier charter bus company in Indiana and throughout the midwest. Our wide selection of charter vehicles gives you access to travel options that suit your needs and your budget.
Museums, zoos, catacombs, resorts, markets, gardens, historical cities, and even skiing – these are things you might expect to find in a European country, but, if you know where to look, you can find them right here in Indiana. Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Lafayette offer endless amenities and activities, while destinations like Chain O’ Lakes State Park, Patoka Lake, Clifty Falls State Park, McCormick’s Creek, the Falls of the Ohio, and Indiana Dunes National Park will suit any adventurer or nature lover. Indiana is the country’s crossroads, attracting travelers to New York, Chicago, Detroit, etc. which is just one of the many reasons why Indiana has something to offer everyone! BusBank is the premiere provider of charter bus services and shuttle services in the region, and we’re here to help you get the most out of your Indiana travel experience.
Both the capital of the state and the most populated city, Indianapolis is also packed with a great number and a wide variety of things to do and see. The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields is a sprawling 152-acre campus housing an extensive collection of more than 54,000 works from artists from around the globe. From classics by Turner and Gauguin to the newly completed Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art, this museum has something for everyone. Here you can also check out the new Lume: Van Gogh, an otherworldly exhibit featuring floor-to-ceiling (and beyond) projections of famous works from Van Gogh and more. Racing fans should head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum. This is not only one of the city’s most popular attractions, home of the Indy 500, but it has also been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Head to Lucas Oil Stadium to catch the Colts play, or check out the extensive event schedule for what has become one of the most popular venues for national and international events in Indianapolis. The Indiana State Museum in White River State Park downtown is a great place to learn and get inspired. The museum itself features almost half a million artifacts spread across three floors of up-close and interactive learning. A popular place for kids of all ages, the museum also houses an IMAX theater and a Farmers Market Cafe. For groups with lots of younger visitors, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is packed with interactive activities and educational experiences.
If the sun is shining, head to the Indianapolis Zoo where you can get an up-close experience with thousands of animals! Located near the Indiana State Museum in White River Park, the Indianapolis zoo offers a fun and interesting respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby downtown Indianapolis. Outdoor lovers, or those who just want to go on a relaxing stroll, should also check out the Canal Walk through White River Park. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is another famous jaunt spanning eight miles of vehicle-free pedestrian and bicycle paths. This is a great place to check out local restaurants, shops, cafes, and art. Those who really want to see some green grass and blue skies should head to Eagle Creek Park, an inviting nature preserve that isn’t too far out of the way and features walking trails, waterways, and a wide range of natural landscapes. For a more unique adventure, check out the Market Street Catacombs. While these “catacombs” aren’t what you might expect to find in a medieval city (in other words, no actual bodies are entombed here) it’s still a thrilling experience to explore the more than 22,000 square feet of historical underground passageways underneath the streets of Indianapolis. Those interested in history should also check out the Indiana War Memorial dedicated to honor World War I veterans, or take a guided tour of the State Capitol which was originally constructed in 1888 and underwent a ten million dollar renovation a century later.
Fort Wayne is the second-most populous city in the state. Visitors to Fort Wayne Indiana should head to Parkview field to catch a game, check out the wildlife at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, or experience a number of rare and exotic species of vegetation at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Science Central, built inside of a former power plant, is a great place to have fun while learning. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is home to an impressive collection of art from various genres and the exhibit’s pieces are consistently moved in and out so that no two visits are the same. The Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve is a great way to experience nature right on the city’s doorstep, or head to Fort Wayne trails to check out the historical buildings or stroll down the peaceful river walks.
Visitors to Evansville Indiana won’t want to miss the opportunity to check out the USS LST Ship Memorial, a restored museum ship and the last fully operational WWII landing ship in existence. Likewise, Bosse Field, built in 1915, is one of the oldest stadiums still in use! The Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, and the Children’s Museum of Evansville are must-see destinations for Evansville visitors who love to learn and get inspired. History lovers should also check out the Evansville Wartime Museum and the Angel Mounds State Historic Site where 1,000-year-old Native American artifacts and dwellings have been unearthed. Evansville’s fun and educational attractions are perfect for field trips or small groups.
Bloomington is a charming city that is home to plenty to do, see, and taste! Monroe Lake is a great place to enjoy the sunset, rent a boat, or relax on the shore at the Fairfax State Recreation Area. Visitors are also drawn to the Oliver Winery for a wine tasting, Hoosier National Forest for an escape into nature, the B-Line trail for a convenient stroll through many of the city’s top attractions, shops, and restaurants, and the Lower Cascades Park for a picnic by the water. Visitors to Blooming also won’t want to miss the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center or the Wonderlab Museum of Science! Both are perfect for large groups and field trips.
Indiana is also home to other towns and cities like Columbus, south of Indianapolis, and home to The Miller House and Garden, Commons Playground, and the famous Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor! South Bend Indiana, just south of the Michigan border, is another popular destination. The Potawatomi Zoo draws in visitors who want to check out the lions, and tigers, and rhinos, and more! History buffs will also enjoy South Bends History Museum, Civil Rights Heritage Center, and Studebaker National Museum. Nature lovers will want to head to Howard Park or brave the rapids at East Race Waterway.
Hoosiers are fanatics when it comes to college sports. Fierce local pride and an intense spirit of friendly competition make Indiana the college sports capital of the region. From the Bulldogs to the Boilermakers, from football, to basketball, to baseball and beyond, university athletics is more than just a local pastime, it’s a way of life for fans and athletes alike. Because of this, the college towns around the state have actually become popular destinations for visitors. From high school students looking to tour the campuses to fans headed to catch the big game, these days, Indiana travel often means a visit to the state’s colleges and universities. Indianapolis is packed with things to do and see, but many visitors to the Circle City are headed straight to universities like Butler University, IUPUI, and the University of Indianapolis. Similarly, the charming city of Bloomington draws in crowds looking to enjoy a wine tasting or to relax on Lake Monroe, but visitors also flock from all over to head to Memorial Stadium to catch a Hoosiers football game, or to Assembly Hall to enjoy some basketball. To the uninitiated, Notre Dame, Indiana may seem like just another suburb of South Bend, but travelers tend not to miss a chance to drop in to check out the university or to watch the Fighting Irish play. Likewise, Purdue University’s Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena bring in countless visitors to the Lafayette area. If your group needs transportation to or around any of Indiana’s universities, BusBank has you covered. Charter transportation is a popular option for groups of prospective students looking to tour the campuses, groups of fans looking to catch the game, or sports teams headed to their next big match and counting on arriving refreshed and ready to go.
From Indiana Dunes National Park in the north to the Falls of the Ohio State Park in the South, Indiana is home to some amazing natural escapes that give visitors a chance to experience the world and learn about the local history and deep past. Spanning 15 miles of peaceful shoreline, Indiana Dunes National Park on the southern part of Lake Michigan is one of the most popular destinations in Northern Indiana. With more than 50 miles of hiking trails and walking paths spread out over more than 15,000 acres that change dramatically with the seasons, you will never run out of things to do and see in Indiana’s National Park. Many different landscapes, including rugged dunes, sandy beaches, rivers, wetlands, and forests, all come together in a cacophony of natural beauty, making it the perfect day-trip destination and a place you can continue to explore again and again.
Chain O’ Lakes state park, southeast of Indiana Dunes, is an enchanting stretch of lake country spanning nine interconnected lakes, 23 miles of hiking and walking trails, and offering plenty to do and see for all visitors during all seasons. During the warmer months, fishing, boating, lakeside picnics, and overnight camping are some favorite activities in the park. As the season begins to turn over, the leaves of the ancient oak, hickory, and birch trees change to create a brilliant autumnal backdrop. Further south, outside of Lafayette where the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers meet, you can find the state’s newest State Park: Prophetstown State Park. If hiking through rugged terrain isn’t for you, take a look back in history with a stroll through the Native American Village or cool off at the Prophetstown Aquatic Center.
Clifty Falls, located outside of Madison Indiana, is a dramatic canyon featuring some of the only long-fall waterfalls in the state. After heavy rain, or by way of early spring meltwater, many of these falls can overflow in a powerful display, and nearby Fremont falls is the tallest waterfall in the state at 108 feet. Also near Madison is the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge where visitors can photograph birds and deer from the blind at Old Timbers Lake, take a guided tour, hike the forests, grasslands, and wetlands, or simply stop to stretch your legs and relax in nature. Also on the Ohio River, serving as Indiana’s southern border, you can find the Falls of the Ohio state park. When the water levels are low, visitors can walk out onto the Devonian river bed where ancient shale continually reveals itself, you may even discover your very own fossil!
Whenever you are headed in the Hoosier State, with BusBank, you will never have to stress over your transportation needs or planning. A bus trip with BusBank is simple: just pick out which type of vehicle you are interested in (we have it all, from coach bus to school bus, from party bus to shuttle bus, from deluxe coach to minibus, and everything in between), and let us know your schedule. We’ll take care of the rest. Our transportation services include a licensed and insured professional driver. Once your trip is booked, you don’t have to stress. We’ll take the wheel – literally! Whether you just need a shuttle around town to allow your group to get the most out of your visit, or a full-sized motorcoach for a bus tour across the state, we have you covered. Our vehicles are packed with amenities like AC, DVD players, TVs, WiFi, power outlets, reclining seats, onboard restrooms, and more. Our professional drivers will handle everything from pick-up to drop-off, so you don’t have to worry. If you’re planning a group trip to, through, or around Indiana or just want to find out more about features and pricing, call today for a free quote.