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The Indiana state motto is "Cross Roads of America." It makes sense as this Midwestern locale has more Interstate Highway per square mile than any other U.S. state. More major highways intersect here than in any other state, and the auto industry was a huge factor in the growth of the area. Visit this destination for a peek into the past of transportation and to cheer for some good old college football. 

Notre Dame Stadium

The Fighting Irish football team plays at this South Bend Indiana field. The stadium opened in 1930, and was originally designed by Osborn Engineering Company, the firm that also designed the New York Yankee Stadium, and Comiskey Park in nearby Chicago.

The circumference of the stadium is a half-mile, and the original construction cost $750,000 to complete. At the start of the 2014 season, the Fighting Irish had played to a sellout crowd at this stadium for 237 consecutive games. Those are some serious fans! Pick up your Chicago rental car, and head on over to this beautiful facility to catch a Notre Dame football game at this beautiful facility.

Studebaker National Museum

This 55,000-square-foot facility has three levels, which house a massive collection of 120 vehicles, and over 70 tons of paper documents encompassing:

  • Correspondence
  • Records
  • Corporate minutes
  • Engineering drawings
  • Newspaper articles
  • Photos
  • Other artifacts of the Studebaker Corporation, and Packard Motor Car Company.

The museum hosts vehicles from the Studebaker Company as well as its "cousins," automobiles from Packard, Pierce-Arrow, STP and more. The museum focuses on the rich automobile industry of the Northern Indiana area. One popular exhibit is the Presidential Carriage Collection which houses four carriages that were used by Presidents Grant, Lincoln, Harrison and McKinley. Car lovers, and history buffs will love learning about the transportation industry at this Indiana museum.

The Kitchen

BMX star Brett "Maddog" Banasiewicz opened this skate park in his hometown of South Bend in June 2011. The state-of-the-art facility was created when he was just 16, and is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drinks, DC Shoe Co. USA and more. Banasiewicz created the park when he wanted a place to train full time without having to move away from his friends and family. The $100,000 project was funded entirely by the biker. His father, manager, and some friends helped to design every aspect of the 35,000-square-foot park.

They pieced together the ramps they love, and those they were looking to conquer to create the layout for the kitchen. The park is made for skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, and has people available to help teach attendees whatever they're looking to learn. New riders/skaters, and old pros are welcome. Park-goers pay a $12 session entry fee or $20 daily fee to take on the ramps, and rails. Drive your Chicago rental car to this awesome facility to learn some new tricks, and perfect the ones you've already mastered.

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