Indiana’s fourth-largest city, South Bend is Northern Indiana's cultural hub. The University of Notre Dame is the hallmark attraction, yet there is much more. South Bend is home to the country's first manmade whitewater rafting course, a vibrant arts community and one of the top dining scenes in the Great Lakes region.
Love small-town vibes? New Carlisle is your place. Its main street is lined with cute shops and a diverse set of local restaurants. A few parks nearby offer ample green space if you're looking to stretch your legs and explore.
Potato Creek State Park is the headliner in North Liberty, where any outdoor enthusiast is sure to find plenty to do. Trails, Lake Worster and park programming await.
Fishing, golf and other outdoor activities abound in Walkerton, a small community at the southwest corner of St. Joseph County.
Two things collide perfectly in Mishawaka — sweeping views of the St. Joseph River at multiple city parks and the second-largest retail corridor in the state. Downtown Mishawaka boasts multiple parks, shopping and a burgeoning local restaurant scene.
Another great place to unwind, Lakeville is a friendly community on the south side of the county.
Just north of South Bend, Roseland may be a convenient stop for many travelers. It features an assortment of hotels, restaurants and other hospitality options. Notre Dame visitors often seek out Roseland for its easy access to campus during gameday weekends or any other visit.
Featuring some great use of the St. Joseph River, Ferrettie Baugo Creek County Park is a summer hot spot for its hiking and bustling in the winter with its snow tubing hill.