INDIANAPOLIS (August 29, 2016) – As summer gives way to fall, the days grow shorter and the air becomes more crisp. It is harvest time in Indiana and the sights, sounds and tastes of the season are upon us.
VisitIndiana.com/Fall will help you put the “Ahhhh” in your autumn. Guests can plan a road trip, visit one of Indiana’s you-pick farms or find the best place for leaf-peeping. The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) is featuring the Best of Indiana Fall “people’s choice” online voting to determine Indiana’s Best Winery Destination, Best Waterfalls and Best Music Festivals. Voting is open to the public and ends on October 28. Winners will be announced in early November.
“We love to celebrate everything about Honest-to-Goodness Indiana,” said Mark Newman, executive director of IOTD. “This year’s Best of Indiana categories allow us to showcase to travelers a sampling of the terrific outdoor recreation, agritourism destinations and culinary opportunities in Indiana.”
Indiana wines comes in different colors, red, white, pink and purple, to name a few. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a novice, prefer sweet or dry, Visit Indiana wants to hear from you. With more than a hundred award winning wineries to satisfy your taste buds, it could be a difficult decision. But once you’ve uncorked the flavors in a Pinot Noir, Merlot or Riesling, take a minute and vote for Indiana’s Best Winery.
The sound of the water cascading downward, rushing over the rocks, waterfalls are one of nature’s most beautiful attractions. If you travel some of Indiana’s scenic back roads, you just might find a few hidden gems.
From our large cities to small rural towns, Indiana is known for having a lot of festivals. And if you like to dance to the beat of your own drum, there’s a music festival out there for you. From smooth jazz, blues to bluegrass, all genres are represented in the Hoosier State. Tell us your top pick for Indiana’s Best Music Festival.
Nominees for all three categories were recommended by members of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. VisitIndiana.com/Fall is a companion site to VisitIndiana.com, the official state travel website where discounts, trip ideas and helpful tips are easily accessible.
Last year, Visit Indiana asked Hoosiers to select Indiana’s Best Local Barbecue Joint, Best Trail and Best U-Pick Experience. The winners were:
- Best Local Barbecue Joint: Shigs in Pit, Fort Wayne
- Best Trail: Brown County State Park
- Best U-Pick Experience: Kuehnert Dairy Farm, Fort Wayne
This fall, Indiana is celebrating its bicentennial. The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) kicks off The Bicentennial Torch Relay September 9, 2016 in Corydon, the state’s first capital. For almost 6 weeks, the torch will crisscross the state, having a presence in all 92 of Indiana’s counties. It will pass by 17 state and national parks, 9 lakes and rivers and 27 national, state and local sites of historical significance. The relay will culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse campus where an Everlasting Light will be lit as a legacy to Indiana’s last 200 years and inspiration for generations of Hoosiers in the next 200 years.
The Bicentennial Experience, a self-contained traveling museum, will be visiting communities across the state. It will be making stops in many of the places on the bicentennial torch relay route.
Click here for the tour schedule.