Indiana’s winters are a bit milder than other states on the Great Lakes, but still cold. The average temperature in January is in the minus figures (about minus six or so Celsius), and December and February are only slightly warmer in the plus figures. The region near Lake Michigan receives much more snowfall than other parts of the state. July and August tend to be in the 20s and can go upwards of 26 degrees. Spring and autumn are mild with average temperatures in the tens and teens.Because Indiana is so flat, it is on the path of any weather system in the area and has strong winds. March to June is tornado season.
When to fly to Indiana
Peak season runs from March through September, and it starts getting crowded in May. The Indy 500 can triple the cost of hotel rooms during the race months of May, August, and September. Autumn is cooler and a great time to visit, especially for outdoors activities.
To find a cheap flight to Indiana, Winter is the slowest season with the fewest crowds but not much to do.
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Indiana insider information
- Contrary to popular belief, Indiana’s architecture is among the most impressive in the country and the small city of Columbus is ranked 6th in the nation for its architectural innovation. Take a tour of the town’s modernist buildings including a 1954 bank designed by Eero Saarinen and the public library designed by I.M Pei.
- Make sure to stop by and explore some of the most breathtaking, perfectly landscaped gardens of Columbus’s historic homes and farmhouses.
- Are you crazy about cars? Then you’re in the right place. Indiana has two of the most prominent car museums in the country: the Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame Museum which has 75 sleek racing cars and the Studebaker National Museum.
- Fans of the legendary actor should flock to the James Dean Gallery in Fairmont, Indiana - his hometown and final resting place. The museum which is located in a restored 1905 Victorian home boasts a substantial collection of original memorabilia including personal items and artwork by Dean himself. It also has a state-of-the-art theatre that regularly screens the actor’s film clips, television appearances, and documentaries.
- Chocoholics can tour a real life Willy Wonka-style chocolate factory. The 38,000 square foot South Bend Chocolate Factory produces homemade chocolate, rare chocolate molds, delicious fudge, a 1,600-year-old chocolate pot and much more.