If you are planning a road trip this summer, you need to know how far it is from Speedway to Castleton, Indiana. Or, for that matter, how far it is from any other city. The following article will tell you all about it.
The Ultimate Car Guide To Help You Plan Your Trip
If you are planning a road trip this summer and are looking for places to stop along the way, this page is your ultimate guide. You are going to find all the necessary information you need to know about the route, including the best places to stop and how to get to each of them. So sit back, buckle up, and get ready to drive.
Speedway (formerly known as Indianapolis) – The Gateway To The Great Lakes
To start off with the nearest large city, we need to leave the I-70/I-69 area and head west on I-74/US-30. This highway runs through Dayton, Ohio before connecting with I-90, which runs all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The following is a link to the official website for I-70/I-69.
The portion of this highway that travels through Ohio is called the Great American Road Trip and has been named one of the “Great Road Trips in America” by USA Today. If you are traveling through that area, you cannot miss the notice on the highway touting the allure of the great outdoors and the opportunity to explore the historic sites and landscapes. If you are headed to northern Indiana, this is your first stop and your last stop before you reach the Great Lakes region. If you are into history, this is a great place to stop; you will be able to see some of the most historic sites in the area, including the Coney Island Amusement Park (colloquially known as “The World’s Most Famous Amusement Park”) and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (which was named one of the “Top 10 Museums in the Country” by Museums magazine and has over 120,000 kids visit it each year). There are also several sites related to the American Civil War, including the Henry Clay Estate and the Pickwick Place, the latter of which is a museum dedicated to the memory of the more than 500 men from Indiana who lost their lives in that war. There are also three universities in the area, including Indiana University and Butler University, which are both in Indianapolis.
Castle Hayne – An Outdoor Adventure
Leave I-90 at the Castleton exit and go east on Highway 26 for about 20 miles. The first attraction you will come to is the Castleton Farmers’ Market, held every Thursday. It features local produce, artisan breads, and plenty of snacks and cold drinks. There is also a small but well-kept flea market there on Saturdays. The town itself is actually pretty neat; there is a pedestrian only street lined with shops and restaurants. Many of which offer panoramic views of the town and countryside. If you are looking for a trip that is a little more adventurous, this is a good place to start. There are many trails surrounding the town that you can explore; the town park and the adjoining conservation area are both free, and offer hikers, bikers, and horseback riders beautiful scenic vistas. There is also a climbing wall, kids’ playground, and a few lakes you can explore. One of which, Cold Creek Lake, is completely undeveloped and offers some of the best fishing in the area. You will need a fishing license if you are going to fish there (it’s illegal to fish without a license in Indiana), but you can’t buy one at the Castleton Farmers’ Market; you have to go to the Department of Natural Resources (or a similar agency in other states) to get one.
Bolton – Home of the Bolton Landing Shopping Center
After leaving Castleton, go northwest on Highway 63 for about five miles and then turn left on the Bolton Landing Shopping Center (Route 63 turns into Town Center Boulevard). This is a great place to eat as well as shop; there are several restaurants and coffee shops located in the center, and there is also a movie theater and occasional live music performances. The outdoor seating at the center is lovely, and offers scenic views of the surrounding countryside. The town of Bolton was once home to several minor league baseball teams, including the Indianapolis Indians (now the Charlotte Knights) and the Nashville Vols (now the Memphis Redbirds). There is also a museum in town, which is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Mondays). It is free, but donations are accepted. You will not get far from this shopping center before coming to the intersection of I-470 and I-65. Stay to the right at this intersection, go under the highway, and continue on I-65 until the road ends at a T-intersection. Here, go left and continue on I-470 until the next exit, which will take you to the Purdue University campus.
Martinsville – A Living Museum Of Americana
From the I-65 exit in West Lafayette, take Highway 231 south for about seven miles to the town of Martinsville. In this town, you will find the Heart of Hanover Square park, which is actually the central park of the entire city. This is a great place to spend a few hours; there are soccer fields, baseball diamonds, an outdoor basketball court, a frisbee golf course, and a small zoo with Amur and Andaman tigers, leopards, and bears (the bears are outside, and the zoo is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.). There are also over 150 species of birds here, as well as a small cave that can be accessed by spelunkers (a hobbyist who explores caves underneath mountains and other inhabitable landscapes). In the surrounding area, there are also several wineries, distilleries, and breweries, as well as the American Sugar Cane Museum, which is open daily and is free. This is a great place to stop and smell the fresh air and take a walk; you will not get far from this intersection without coming across some sort of establishment that sells ice cream, and there is plenty of it available here. Plus, who wouldn’t like to visit a place that is home to the Gingerbread house and the Frankenstein building (both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places)?
Indianapolis – The Crossroads Of The Country
From the Martinsville exit, go east on Highways 131 and 49 for about 16 miles to the intersection with I-65 in Connoqueiroche. There is a flea market there every Saturday, and lots of small shops and galleries offering everything from antiques and old books to crafts and pottery. There is also a farmer’s market here on Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. The market offers locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, and even a wood-fired pizza oven from New York City. If you are looking for a mix of shopping and dining, this is the place to be. You will find restaurants and cafes located along the highway, and there is even a hotel in the area if you are looking for a place to rest your head after all that exploring.
Lafayette – Witness To Historic Preservation
Take I-70 west from Connoqueiroche to the Lafayette exit and go about five miles south to the James Berry Bridge. This bridge spans the Tippecanoe River and connects the city of Lafayette with the northern suburb of College Station. The span took 12 years to complete and was opened to vehicular traffic in 1913. Over 40 million pounds of steel and concrete were used in its construction. The city of Lafayette was named after Lafayette, a French general and politician who helped American colonists during the American Revolution. Near the bridge is the James Berry Museum. It is named after James Berry, who owned a general store there in 1874. His descendants still own and operate the museum. The museum is actually located in College Station, but it shares its address with Lafayette because it is considered part of the city. From the Lafayette exit, go west on Highway 73 for 11 miles to the junction with US-31. Turn right and go south on that highway for about 13 miles to the junction with I-69/I-90. Take I-69/I-90 east for about 22 miles to the Crawfordsville exit. Here, turn northeast and go over the Montgomery County line into Indianapolis. You will cross under the Indiana Toll Road, and once you are over, go straight on 28th Street and continue east on that road to the intersection with Shadeland Drive. Turn right and continue over the roundabout towards the Ohio River. Soon after crossing the Ohio River, you will see the Southside and Terrace parks on your right.