Bacon: Experience the Hoosier State

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, June 9, 2017 9:32 am

In Indiana, the tourism industry generates more than $10.7 billion in revenue each year while providing over 144,000 jobs. Hoosiers can further support the local tourism industry by exploring all of the wonderful amenities our state has to offer. A day trip or a weekend “staycation” could be just the ticket in getting to know more about our state while having a good time.

My wife and I recently traveled the scenic route along the Ohio River from Chandler to Madison. While there, we enjoyed a train ride, toured a historic mansion and visited a local winery. We did all of this in just one day and had an enjoyable time. Now that my wife is retired and with our grandkids being older and attending summer camps, our goal is to see more of our great state.

A cost-effective way to enjoy what Indiana has to offer is by visiting one of the 24 state parks, which provide a wide variety of experiences for all guests while maintaining Indiana’s unique natural landscapes and culture. Most state parks have a $7 entrance fee per car and offer hiking, camping, swimming, fishing and much more. Whether traveling to Madison like my wife and I did to see Clifty Falls State Park or heading north to the Indiana Dunes, which is Indiana’s most popular state park, these trips can bring out the outdoor enthusiast in us all.

Here in Southwest Indiana, we are fortunate to have many tourist attractions including three different caverns to go and explore caves, multiple wineries and Holiday World, a family favorite.

More information on these and other fun activities in our neck of the woods can be found online at

If the family wants to venture out and see the rest of our state, Central Indiana has the Indianapolis Zoo and award-winning children’s museum. Conner Prairie, located in Fishers, takes visitors back in time to the pioneer days and provides interactive activities for people of all ages.

As we head north through the state, there is Fair Oaks Farm offering farm fun and delicious ice cream. While in Northern Indiana, there is much to do including visiting Amish Country and the Great Lakes region.

For an online list of activities and weekend trips in Indiana, go to Visit Indiana provides information on lodging, events, restaurants and even discounts throughout the state.

Taking a fun trip anywhere in Indiana helps the local economies while giving us an opportunity to learn more about the state we call home. For a free Indiana visitor’s guide, contact my office at 317-232-9833 or email

Enjoy a great summer!


State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

A high-resolution photo of Bacon can be downloaded by clicking here