Located in northwest Indiana, roughly 90 miles east of Chicago, South Bend has quite a vibrant history of its own. From its beginning as an industrial hot spot to its present position as a mecca of arts, sports, and higher education, a vacation to South Bend is a great choice. Whether you're visiting in town or wanting to make a short trip to Lake Michigan, be sure to consider South Bend as your next vacation location.
The University of Notre Dame, a top U.S. university for sports and academics, is a great place to start your journey. Whether you're watching the Fighting Irish football team in the fall at Notre Dame Stadium or basketball at the Joyce Center in the winter, or visiting the Grotto on a nice afternoon, Notre Dame is well worth the trip and not far from many South Bend hotels. If you're a motorhead, then head to the Studebaker Museum and check out classic automobiles. South Bend is also the home of the Northern Indiana History Museum and the Potawatomi Zoo, the oldest zoo in Indiana. The city is a performance arts hub, and you can watch vaudeville at the Morris Performing Arts Center or a play at the South Bend Civic Theatre.
South Bend has an array of food choices, but downtown South Bend is the epicenter of cuisine and nightlife in the city. Located close to many cheap hotels in South Bend, you'll find downtown Irish pubs and restaurants that serves classic favorites such as fish and chips and bangers and mash. You can find buffets that serve Polish food on McKinley Street, and South Bend has a few brew pubs and distilleries.
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