When a professor at Purdue University asks if you’d like to work with her 400-level travel writing class, you say yes!
The following are submissions from students at the acclaimed university. Their assignment was to dig into a place, whether it’s one location or multiple, and tell its story for possible publication. These stories made the cut, and once you read them you’ll see why.
I’m proud to present these up-and-coming writers and their fun, entertaining, and in-depth stories.
Since the university is located in West Lafayette, most of these articles are based in Indiana.
Purdue University Travel Writing Class
Discover a two-for-one stop at The Eleventh House coffee shop and Spot Tavern bar in Lafayette, Indiana.
Wolf Park is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to saving wolves that's open to the public with tours, both group and private.
Nicolle Kain details all the things you can do in the Bottleworks District.
Local West Lafayette diner, Triple XXX, has been sharing and creating history with Purdue Athletics for decades.
With easy access to Purdue and I-65, Whittaker Inn is not only a convenient place to stay in West Lafayette. It's also like a trip around the world.
Exploring things to do in Valparaiso, Indiana and the surrounding area in Autumn. From coffee shops in the morning, to lunch, hiking, and nightlife.
Take a walk in Lincoln Park and you'll discover a few of the free things to do in this Chicago treasure.
A lifelong resident finds historical things to do in Crawfordsville Indiana.
A Lithuanian immigrant shares why Café Smilga reminds her of home.
Camping and hiking the Upper Peninsula along Lake Superior exceed expectations.
What better way to spend a day than sipping wines? Whyte Horse Winery in Monticello, Indiana, offers wines for every taste.
Plan a day of fall fun at Wea Creek Orchards in Lafayette, Indiana.
Purdue and Lincoln where here: learn the story behind Fowler House Mansion in Indiana.
When you've got the late-night munchies in West Lafayette, Famous Franks is the only place to go.
You'll have a whole new appreciation for canned meat when you visit the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota.
Like most small towns, there are more things to do in Spencer Indiana than one might expect.
McCormick’s Creek State Park is a great place to step into nature and enjoy Indiana. Check out this overview of the hiking trails before you go.
When you love climbing, camping, and pizza, there's no better place than Miguel's Pizza.
See what it’s like to hike this treasure on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Get the inside scoop on Harry's Chocolate Shop.
Located in downtown Lafayette’s Arts & Market District, Artists’ Own is a gallery that’s owned and operated by its member artists.
A former volunteer returns to the place that fostered her love of horses.
Learn the story behind this family-owned business in downtown Indianapolis.
Get the story behind a family-owned store that makes candy canes the old-fashioned way.
Don Quijote Restaurante offers an authentic Spanish dining experience.
Feed your need for nostalgia with drive-in movies at Tibbs in Indianapolis.
When you’re looking for Fall fun, don’t miss this family favorite.
A walk in the magnificent Indiana forest isn’t exactly a straight line, but getting turned around is half the fun.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is part of a campus connecting art and nature. See how one Hoosier found her own connections at this unique place.
Escape to a welcome respite from busy city life, just minutes from the interstate in northwest Indiana.
Get to know Harmony Winery, an award-winning winery and wine-making store in an unexpected location.
Spend a day at Fair Oaks Farms, an agritourism destination in Indiana that has been explaining the process of raising pigs, dairy cows, and crops through “adventures” since 2004.