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Destination Hotels: West Baden Springs

Trade birdies for the breathtaking golf-course vistas two hours south of Indy.

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Traveler: West Baden Springs And French Lick

The luxury hotel’s atrium spans 200 feet and was once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

After Larry Bird left Indiana University, he spent several months at home in French Lick.
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Larry Bird’s Greatest Shot Was The One He Didn’t Take

Forty years ago, Larry Bird passed on a chance at big-time basketball. The small-town star left Bob Knight’s IU team before a single game and returned home.

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Larry Bird: 'All of My Donations Are Sort of Made Under the Table'

For Bird, the commitment to giving goes back to his upbringing in French Lick, “growing up in a small town” where he and his family “didn’t have a lot,” he says. “But we were greatly benefited by gifts.”

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Indiana Trails: More Ramble, Less Gamble in French Lick

A glutton for punishment, I took the harder route. As my legs churned and my lungs screamed for more oxygen, I quickly realized this stretch has significantly more elevation gain than most Hoosier trails—including Brown County’s Hesitation Point.

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Indiana Zipline Guide

Want a new way to take in fall foliage? Try one of the state’s 14 zipline courses.

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50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do!

What makes this Columbus institution really sweet is the counter-side charm of Wilma Hare and her fellow soda jerks, who will pull you an ice cream soda the way it was in 1900 and serve it with a side of sass: “When that ice cream hits the carbonation, it will explode like a volcano. And I will laugh at the look of panic on your face.”

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