This 40-mile drive takes you through some of the prettiest towns and scenery in Indiana.

By By the editors of MidwestLiving.com
Bean Blossom Bridge.

Just 40 miles on State-46 separate Bloomington (great food), Nashville (quaint crafts shops) and Columbus (fascinating architecture), but they're some of the prettiest in Indiana. The drive passes harvest-gold farmland and thickly wooded Brown County State Park; allow at least a day per town.

Bean Blossom Bridge

Bonus route The portion of the highway described above (dubbed Arts Road 46) is a tourism magnet for good reason, but we also enjoyed the less-traveled stretch of State-46 east of Columbus. Old German farms dot the hills, and picturesque churches host fried-chicken fund-raisers nearly every weekend.

From Midwest Living

Brown County trip guide

Columbus, Indiana, trip guide

Girlfriend Getaway to Brown County

For maps and trip planning

Arts Road 46

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