One of the world’s iconic college campuses, the University of Notre Dame offers much more than football. The campus’ landmarks include its Main Building with the glimmering Golden Dome; Hesburgh Library; “The Word of Life” mural, better known as “Touchdown Jesus”; the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a smaller version of the French shrine where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette; and Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with its Gothic design, gorgeous murals, stained-glass windows, and 12-foot-tall golden cross on top of the historic bell tower.


Founded in South Bend in 1852, the Studebaker Corp. made buggies and wagons before transitioning into auto manufacturing. The National Studebaker Museum chronicles the company’s history and houses more than 120 vehicles. Next door is The History Museum, which explores the area from early settlement to the present, and includes the 38-room, time capsule-like Oliver Mansion.


After touring the Chocolate Cafe’s local factory, and stocking up on Rocknes (truffles with cherry flavoring, coconuts, and almonds), wind down at one of South Bend’s craft cocktail bars, like The Exchange Whiskey Bar (imagine a 1920s-style speakeasy) or The Hideaway at The LaSalle (think Mad Men). Then enjoy herb-crusted prime rib, shrimp cocktail, and other classics at the Tippecanoe Place, housed in an 1880-era stone mansion. Or, have a sit down at South Bend Brew Werks, featuring 21 local craft beers and a fun menu with gourmet grilled cheeses.


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