When to visit:
Indiana’s peak tourism season generally lasts from March to September, with the biggest crowds starting to show up beginning in May. The lakefront is absolutely packed this time of year, and season has been extending itself for the last few years as warmer temperatures linger longer.
Fall is a pleasant time to visit the state, especially for outdoorsmen and women. Temperatures are cool, if mild, and the competition for good spots isn’t unbearably stiff.
Winter is the state’s slowest tourist season. Visitors won’t have to battle crowds in the winter in Indiana, but then again there’s just not much there to fight over there this time of year.
State Abbreviation: IN
State Capital: Indianapolis
Largest City: Indianapolis
Area: 36,420 square miles
Population: 6,237,569 (as of 2004)
Major Industries: agriculture manufacturing, mining, steel-making
Major Rivers: Ohio River, Wabash River, White River, Tippecanoe River
Major Lakes: Mississinewa Lake, Lake Michigan
Highest Point: Hoosier Hill, Wayne County, 1,257 feet above sea level
Origin of the Name Indiana: Indiana is a word that refers to the local Indians.
State Nickname: Hoosier State
State Motto: "The Crossroads of America"
State Song: "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," by Paul Dresser