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South Bend

Travel Guide
Basilica of the Sacred Heart featuring a park and heritage architecture

This thriving metropolis is known for its revered colleges, arts and entertainment centers, great shopping, restaurants, parks and plazas, and rich local history.

South Bend is a charming city with diversity in its arts, history, universities and shopping. Begin your stay exploring downtown. Find local, regional and international goods as well as boutique and handmade arts and crafts. Dining options are plentiful, with everything from counterculture coffee and ethnic foods to fine dining.

The colleges in South Bend foster a vibrant community of intellectual, scientific, artistic and sporting pursuits. See the iconic gilded Golden Dome and the statue of Mary on the main building at the University of Notre Dame.

Arts are big in South Bend so enjoy seeing a show or hearing the symphony orchestra play at the beautiful Morris Performing Arts Center. Originally built in 1921, the Morris Performing Arts Center is on the National Register for Historic Places.

If you are a history buff, be sure to walk through the Oliver Mansion and Center for History, the Victorian mansion that was Joseph D. Oliver’s house; he was the inventor of the chilled plow. Visit the indoor museum at the Military Honor Park and take the little ones to the children’s museum. Discover how Christian faith influenced life in South Bend at the Taylor Memorial Chapel and the Grotto of Our Lady at the University of Notre Dame.

With an array of parks and recreational centers, South Bend offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activity. Take a morning stroll through the city’s parks and gardens on the designated Riverwalk trails. Visit the wildlife oasis of Rum Village Nature Center and walk or bike through the woodlands. Take the kids to the Potawatomi Zoo and discover scientific gems and historical artifacts at the Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum.

South Bend is in North Central Indiana, 96 miles (155 kilometers) east of Chicago. The most efficient way to get around is by Transpo, the local bus system. If you choose to drive, the city is easy to navigate and taxis are readily available.

Where to stay in South Bend

Hyatt Place South Bend / Mishawaka
Hyatt Place South Bend / Mishawaka
3 out of 5
215 W Day Rd, Mishawaka, IN
The price is £90 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Situated in Mishawaka, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from University Park Mall and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame Stadium is 3.1 mi ...
4.4/5Excellent! (973 reviews)
"The rooms were clean and housekeeping service very good. A microwave would take our rating up a notch. The hallway and elevator carpets were dirty, but overall, we enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Hyatt Place South Bend / Mishawaka
Varsity Clubs Of America - South Bend by Diamond Resorts
Varsity Clubs Of America - South Bend by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
3800 N Main St, Mishawaka, IN
The price is £116 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in Mishawaka, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Compton Family Ice Arena and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame Stadium and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (955 reviews)
"Clean and spacious room."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2021

Varsity Clubs Of America - South Bend by Diamond Resorts
Doubletree Hotel South Bend
Doubletree Hotel South Bend
3.5 out of 5
123 N Dr. Martin Luther King BLVD, South Bend, IN
The price is £100 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in the heart of South Bend, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from South Bend Regional Museum of Art and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Notre Dame ...
4.2/5Very Good! (735 reviews)
"It was a fabulous stay"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Doubletree Hotel South Bend
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cozy Apartment, Just 10 Minutes From Notre Dame!
Cozy Apartment, Just 10 Minutes From Notre Dame!
1204 Ontario Court, C, Niles, MI
The price is £118 per night from 26 Jul to 26 Jul
Situated in Niles, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Clay Township Park, University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Stadium. Roseland Town Park ...
4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Ghost Vacay
"I cant give an experience of my stay because I didn't stay die to some family issues, I will say dont book unless you're going to be there because you wont get a refund and if you do good luck trying, but the owner did lookout a bit and I appreciate it"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

Cozy Apartment, Just 10 Minutes From Notre Dame!
Rivers Edge Lofts - Unit 10
Rivers Edge Lofts - Unit 10
20 North Second Street, Suite 201 Unit 10, Niles, MI
The price is £393 per night from 31 Jul to 31 Jul
Located in the heart of Niles, this romantic apartment building is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lehman's Orchards, University of Notre Dame and Clay Township Park. ...
Rivers Edge Lofts - Unit 10
Beautiful and Historic Log Cabin for Family or Couple Getaway - Huge hot Tub!!
Beautiful and Historic Log Cabin for Family or Couple Getaway - Huge hot Tub!!
22781 Co Rd 38, Goshen, IN
Set in Goshen, this family-friendly cabin is within 12 mi (20 km) of Elkhart County Fairgrounds, National New York Central Railroad Museum and Wellfield Botanic ...
5/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Great stay in a quiet cabin!
"We stayed at the cabin for a week. It was a perfect set-up for what we needed. The air conditioning worked great, the hot tub worked great, and it was a very quiet and peaceful place to sleep after a day of visiting with our friends and relatives in the area. The check in and out process was seamless, ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Beautiful and Historic Log Cabin for Family or Couple Getaway - Huge hot Tub!!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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