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5/6/2018 - Visit Indiana Week kicks off with FREE admission to State Parks - Click here to print this information

INDIANAPOLIS (May 5, 2018) Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) are celebrating Visit Indiana Week in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week on May 6 through May 12, 2018.

"We are encouraging Hoosiers to hit the road and visit their favorite Indiana destination," said Crouch. "There's so much to explore in our great state: history, heritage, culture, food and of course, our amazing parks."

State Parks Sunday kicks off Visit Indiana Week with free admission to 51 Indiana Department of Natural Resources properties. Properties offering free admission include all State Parks, State Forest Recreation Areas and State ORV Riding Areas owned and managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Those properties offer a combined 7,700 campsites and more than 150 cabins, and more than 700 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.

According to the U.S. Travel Associations Project Time Off study, over the last two years, 54 percent of Americans have left unused vacation time from the previous year on the table.

"Forty-eight percent of Hoosiers had unused vacation days last year," said Mark Newman, IOTD's executive director. "That's more than a billion dollars of untapped economic benefit.

With gas prices creeping back up, why not choose an Indiana destination for your next getaway? According to the U.S. Energy Administration, gas prices averaged $2.57 in March. That's an 11.1 percent increase from March 2017.

State Parks Sunday is also the last day of Lets Camp America! Weekend, a nationwide initiative of the National Association of State Parks Directors. Lets Camp America! Weekend is a chance for beginners to learn basic camping skills, and for experienced campers to get their equipment out for a spring weekend. Activities will take place at all 32 Indiana State Parks properties and on social media. The weekend celebrates all forms of camping, including tents, trailers, recreational vehicles and cabins.

Over 200 attractions and properties will be offering discounts and promotions for travelers during Visit Indiana Week.

May 7 - Museum Monday
From automobiles to art, check out Indianas finest museums on Museum Monday. 28 of them are offering discounts on admission.

*Photo opportunities: Auburn Cord Duesenburg Museum, National Automotive & Truck Museum, Red Skelton Museum, and Vincennes Historic Sites.

May 8 - Tastings Tuesday
With so many breweries, wineries and distilleries in our state, this is your chance to sip and Savor Indianas finest. Many have discounted flights, tours and some are offering free tastings.

May 9 - Wild Wednesday
From zoos to sanctuaries to farms to the wilderness, get an up close look at animals and wildlife with special deals on Wild Wednesday.

May 10 - Throwback Thursday
Save $2 at all Indiana State Historic Sites on Throwback Thursday. Enjoy other special discounts at 32 other places across the state to learn more about Indianas rich history.

May 11 - Foodie Friday
Temp your taste buds on Foodie Friday with discounts at local restaurants at that offer American pub fare, Italian cuisine, barbeque and fine dining.

May 12 - Sports and Outdoor Saturday
From hiking to spelunking to paddling, from exploring Indianas underground caves to enjoying high speed adventures, Sports and Outdoor Saturday has something for everyone.

Join us for VisitIndianaWeek!

About Indiana Office of Tourism Development:

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch oversees the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Mark Newman serves as the agency's executive director. IOTD is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Indiana through leadership and resource support to the Indiana travel industry. The tourism and hospitality industry is directly responsible for 186,400 jobs, generates over $1.6 billion in tax receipts and contributes $12.2 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses. For more information: www.VisitIndiana.com.

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