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Old 02-02-2015, 06:43 AM   #1
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Question Things to do in Ohio or Indiana?

We spend a few days annually at Graves Farm campground for the August MIS Nascar Race. We have five days prior to our arrival there to spend seeing the sights in Ohio or Indiana, and are open to any suggestions you can offer. We've already checked into Sauder Village in Ohio, but they seem to be closed for that week, August 8th to the 13th. We've thought of staying at Shipshewanna for a couple days, but would love to hear from all of you!! Any good historical sights in the area to see? We'd love full hookup....but state park camping is fine, also. Thank you!
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There is an American historical treasure in OH in the Dayton area. The Wright Patterson Air Museum is free of charge and no parking fee....it is a historical tour of some of the finest US and foreign planes and rockets of all time. Almost everything is indoors...it took me two days to tour everything. Bus and RV parking is abundant.
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The RV museum East of Elkhart, IN. The Studebaker museum in South Bend, IN. Indiana Dunes state park and Indiana Dunes National National Lakeshore. Shipshewana IN is a great place to shop, attend the huge flea market on weekdays-W/CG next-door. South of town is a large retail store especially for Amish families to buy foodstuffs in bulk, quite interesting. In the North of Indiana is the largest Amish communities in the state.
And of course, you may wish to schedule a tour of one of the RV manufacturing facilities in North Indiana.
I suggest driving US 30 instead of driving the toll-road through Indiana, otherwise you see very little of the state.
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Here is a link to a few places in Indiana.
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We visited the RV and Studebaker Museums last fall. Also the Hudson museum in Shipshewana and the Auburn Cord Museum in, guess where, Auburn. We really enjoyed the northern Indiana area.
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I'm not sure of the dates but Amish acres in Nappanee In. Hosts a large arts and crafts festival usually around the first week of August. Dayton ohio aviation museum, Toledo zoo, Columbus zoo, kings island, cedar point. What are you interested in? Might also check for festivals on the internet at that time of year there's almost always a county fair or festival of some sort going on.
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You will only be 88 miles from this Gilmore Car Museum - Welcome Slightly northeast of Kalamazoo, Michigan. They even allow camping on the grounds. $10 with electricity (only).

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We spend a few days annually at Graves Farm campground for the August MIS Nascar Race. We have five days prior to our arrival there to spend seeing the sights in Ohio or Indiana, and are open to any suggestions you can offer. We've already checked into Sauder Village in Ohio, but they seem to be closed for that week, August 8th to the 13th. We've thought of staying at Shipshewanna for a couple days, but would love to hear from all of you!! Any good historical sights in the area to see? We'd love full hookup....but state park camping is fine, also. Thank you!
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We went to the Gilmore Auto Museum last year and it is outstanding. Plan to spend most of a day. First class museum on many acres. It is very surprising to see a facility of this high quality, miles from nowhere. RV parking no problem, you can park right along the very wide entrance road, with toad attached.
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If you plan to be in central Indiana, I recommend visiting the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
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Take a tour of the Longaberger plant in Ohio.

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The Gilmore Car museum is the home of

For a tour of history try Parke County Indiana with over 30 covered bridges. Welcome to Parke County, Indiana ~ Covered Bridge Capital of the World


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In Auburn Indiana, just north of Fort Wayne, is the Cord Duesenberg auto museum.
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The Irish Hills area in Michigan offers a few attractions as well.. Though not nearly as good as they were (MIS is in the Irish HIlls area)

Jackson has two attractions I will direct you to

One is the Cascades,, Get on I-94 crossing the north side of JACKSON and simply follow the sign.

The other is an ice cream Parlor.. The Parlor.. as you head towards the Cascades (By the way they are an evening attraction) watch for a sign on the side of a buliding for the Parlor,, turn there and follow that road,, When you leave the parlor,,, Well it is on a corner, take the OTHER street (not the one you took to arrive) to the south and it takes you to the Cascades.

Battle Creek (West of Jackson) is the home of Tony the Tiger

Kalamazoo air museum (Farther west)

Yankee air museum (Ypsilanti, to the east)

I am kind of a Michigan booster

And a bit farther to the east we have the Edison Institute, consiting of the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.. This is in Dearborn, MI

You can spend a lifetime there looking at exhibits and not see but a small part of it.

In the Village is an old country doctor's office,, The Docent should explain that it was once a one-room school house, but was converted to a doctor's office. The building is half brick half wood construction (lower half brick) with wood siding all the way as I recall.

When I was young this building sat near the intersection of Michigan 60 (M-60 highway) and Jackson Road (Known as old M-60) in Tekonsha, MI (The western of the two instersections) and I road the bus past it every school day.
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Yep, a great place to visit. The name is actually the "Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum" Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum This is in the original headquarters building, and nearby is NATMUS, the National Auto And Truck Museum of the United States National Auto And Truck Museum which is in the original Auburn factory buildings.

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