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Once occupied by Native Americans, the state of Indiana (meaning ‘Land of the Indians’, in reference to its territorial history) is located in midwestern USA. Indiana is not known for its size - with about 36,400 square miles of land, it is ranked 38th in the USA by area - but manages to squeeze abundant natural resources within its restricted boundaries. Fertile agricultural land, plains, lakes, streams, rolling hills, caves, mineral springs and even sand dunes are just some of Indiana’s many natural endowments. With its abundance of fertile soil, its no surprise that the state is an agricultural powerhouse: it produces more than 20% of the USA’s supply of corn every year.

Indiana is bordered by Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois, and is the 16th most populous state in the country (as of November 2014) with a population of more than 6 million.

Getting around

Known as the ‘Crossroads of America’, Indiana is extremely accessible by road; it has 14 inter-states, more than any other state of its size (as of November 2014). Visitors are highly recommended to drive within Indiana, but those who prefer not to can commute on the Amtrak train service or the South Shore Line at reasonable fares.

What to see and do

For new visitors to the state, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - jewel of Indiana’s crown - is definitely worth a look. Although it may seem strange that a motor way could double as a tourist attraction, this is no ordinary road: it is the host site of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (an annual automobile race held every Memorial Day) as well as the Brickyard 400, a NASCAR Spring Cup points race. So iconic is this track that the town nearest to it, Speedway, was named in its hon-our. Do try to coincide your visit with race period for an experience of a lifetime, but even if you were to visit on a non-race day, all is not lost: get yourself over to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, one of the best museums in the world for automobile racing. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the museum features more than 70 iconic cars at any one time.

Next must-see in Indiana would no doubt be their magnificently unique sand dunes, proudly on display at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Have a glimpse of the 125-foot living dune adorably named Mount Baldy (classified as ‘living’ because it lacks sufficient vegetation to hold in place and therefore wanders about due to the effects of wind). Not only are the massive sand dunes an unusual and immense sight, the flora and fauna around the region are quite something as well: feast your eyes on such oddities as prickly pear cactus, wild lupines, lichen mosses, bearberry and more.

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