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The US midwestern state of Indiana’s name means ‘Land of the Indians’ and, for those interested in the history and culture of Native Americans there’s plenty to see here. Located in the beautiful Great Lakes region, its excellent highway system radiates out from the state capital, Indianapolis, making the region easy to tour in comfort by car.
Vehicle rental companies in Indiana include most of the trusted names in the sector such as Alamo, Dollar, Hertz, Budget, National, Thrifty, Budget and Avis. Pick-up points include Indianapolis’s airport, the three smaller airports and most of the subsidiary cities in the region. For the best deals on your selected model, compare car hire in advance of your trip.
Indianapolis International Airport is the major air hub, set just 11kms from the downtown district and offering flights to most US cities as well as to Toronto, Canada. Smaller airports at Fort Wayne, South Bend and Evansville serve nearby hub cities such as Chicago. Known as America’s crossroads, Indiana is well-covered by fast highways, including Interstates 80, 90, 65, 70, 74 and 69. However, the most useful route for touring with car hire in Indiana is Interstate 94, hugging the shores of Lake Michigan.
The most important thing to remember is that America drives on the right, with the speed limit of 65 mph also worth consideration if you want to avoid a fine. Seat belts are compulsory, and drink-driving laws are harsh and stringently enforced. Your UK driving license is valid for a year, but an international driving license is the best idea, and most roads are kept in good condition.
Once you’ve explored Indianapolis’s museums, monuments and shopportunities, car rental in Indiana comes into its own across the vast swathes of farmland with its outdoor activities and recreation centres such as Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore. The Native American Angle Mounds State Historic Site lies close to Evansville in the southern region of the state.
Hot summers and cool winters characterise Indiana’s climate, with the far south of the region more humid than the northern areas. Spring and early autumn are the best times to visit if you’re not comfortable with summer highs of between 29 and 32ËC, and winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing. Indiana is prone to tornados, although it’s not set in America’s infamous ‘tornado alley’.