By Kayla Walker
INDIANAPOLIS — The lieutenant governor is packing for a road trip with the goal of showcasing Indiana’s best destinations and hopes you will join.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Tourism Development will hit the road next week. They’re inviting Hoosiers along on this first-ever Road Rally that will begin Monday in Jeffersonville and will end on Thursday, May 11 in Fort Wayne.
“I think it is a great way to showcase our state,” Mark Newman, executive director for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, said. “The unique diversity that exists from the bottom of Indiana to the top of Indiana.”
The Road Rally will cover hundreds of miles as the travelers visit nine destinations. The trip will feature hikes along the scenic Ohio River terrain at Charlestown State Park, a subterranean boat tour through Indiana Caverns, tastings at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards, along with other adventures.
Hoosiers can join in any of the activities scheduled during the week. The tour will also make multiple stops at local restaurants and cultural venues across the state.
Additionally, admission to state parks will be free on Sunday.
“If we’re able to create a true road rally, people will sort of organically jump on board and follow the caravan of vehicles from place to place,” he said. “I think that would be absolutely awesome.”
This trip was inspired by last year’s Indiana bicentennial torch relay, which traveled through the state’s 92 counties in a 3,200-mile road trip.
“Because of the warmth and enthusiasm among Hoosiers that was built as a result of the Indiana bicentennial torch relay,” Newman said. “We thought to do something perhaps on a bit smaller scale but no less important.”
The full Road Rally schedule can be found at VisitIndiana.com by clicking on the blog section. Newman hopes that the Road Rally continues in the years to come.
“It reinforces that sense of community and Indiana pride,” he said, “particularly when you’re shinning a spotlight like the one we’ll be shinning this coming week on Indiana destinations.”
Kayla Walker is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.