South Bend Trip Guide | Midwest Living

South Bend Trip Guide

Football fans flood South Bend (population: 101,000) to cheer the University of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish and join the Friday night campus pep rallies.
The Hesburg Library. Photo courtesy of South Bend CVB
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Tours of the University of Notre Dame include the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Photo courtesy of South Bend/Mishawaka CVB.
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What to do

CircaArts Gallery A favorite among the boutiques and studios in the East Bank Village, Circa sells local art with emphasis on the Arts and Crafts style. Check website for hours. (574) 233-8400;

East Race Waterway Get wet on the nation’s first artificial white water rafting course. It takes less than 10 minutes to splash down the course. See reviews and ratings. (574) 299-4765;

University of Notre Dame Eck Visitors Center is the starting point for tours of the impressive campus; watch an intro video in the auditorium. Tour highlights include the Golden Dome, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes. (574) 631-5762;

Where to eat

Hensell’s Oaken Bucket Known for its big burgers, Hensell’s also attracts crowds with its fantastic patio. See reviews and ratings. (574) 289-1616

LaSalle Grill The menu changes daily at this special-occasion spot where hardwood grilling imparts smoky flavor to many dishes. Reservations recommended. See reviews and ratings. (574) 288-1155;

Rocco’s Restaurant A favorite with Notre Dame students, families and alumni, Rocco’s serves Italian comfort food in a warm family setting. See reviews and ratings. (574) 233-2464;

Where to stay

Ivy Court Inn and Suites You’ll find great value in this renovated property on the UND campus: great location, spacious rooms and friendly service. From $114, breakfast included. See reviews and ratings. (574) 277-6500;

For information: South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 519-0577;

Prices, dates and other details are subject to change; please check specifics before making travel plans.

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