Postcard-pretty hills and hollows and the Ohio River flowing silvery green frame the Southern Indiana region. In Starlight, knobby hills lush with orchards and fields of strawberries and blueberries rise above flat farmland. You can venture underground and explore caverns honeycombing limestone ridges near historic Corydon. Hardwood hills roll almost uninterrupted for 40 miles south to the Ohio River. Hang on tight while gliding over the highlands’ dips and swells.
Visit Bloomington, where the tree-lined slopes of Hoosier National Forest caress sprawling Lake Monroe. Along its southeast shores, fingers of cool, blue water reach into the rugged woods of Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area. Homespun pleasures prevail in quaint Nashville—an artists’ colony and shopper’s paradise—and in many larger communities such as Bloomington and Columbus. The cities tuck snugly into misty folds of softly rolling countryside. Cruising the forested Ohio River Valley, you’ll discover that time seems to stand still in Madison and Vevay.
Hop aboard a horse-drawn canal boat for a nostalgic ride in colorful Metamora (50 miles southeast of Indianapolis). You’ll sample a portion of the 76-mile-long Whitewater Canal, built as a trade route nearly 170 years ago. During the 1840s, Metamora was a main stop along the waterway. More than 100 stores, specialty shops and restaurants fill vintage homes along the canal and nearby streets.