National Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition in the U.S., where we celebrate the adventure of traveling to new and unique destinations all around our beautiful country. It is also a time where professionals in the tourism industry can celebrate the value that tourism provides for the economy and local businesses.

Last year in 2020, tourism was put to a halt; however, with more citizens getting vaccinated, the future of tourism is looking brighter than ever. In honor of celebrating National Tourism Week in 2021, we have put together a Must-Do Itinerary filled with unique attractions and exciting adventures for your next trip to Lawrence County. 


What To Do:

Spring Mill State Park

Come spend a relaxing getaway in Lawrence County and explore one of Indiana’s national treasures, Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana! Located in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, the beautiful Spring Mill State Park abounds in endless opportunities for recreation.

The park is famously known for the historic Pioneer Village with its working Grist Mill! Guests inside the park can enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming and more.


Bluespring Caverns

Bluespring Caverns is one of Lawrence County’s true hidden treasures. At a cool 53 degrees year-round and 100 feet below the surface of the earth, explore an underground river. Embark upon an underground adventure by boat and see Lawrence County beneath the surface.

Visitors can go gemstone mining, take a walk along the Karst Area Nature Trail or get a little more adventurous with kayaking/group tours.


Williams Covered Bridge

This historic gem is Indiana’s longest double span covered bridge, open to foot traffic only, and spans the East Fork of White River. Built by Joseph J. Daniels in 1884 and named for the nearby town of Williams.

It is a Howe Truss Design, a length of 402′ including 13′ overhangs and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge is the perfect place for a picnic and afternoon stroll.


Lawrence County Museum of History

The Lawrence County Museum of History & Edward L. Hutton Research Library is located in the 100-year-old, Hamer-Smith building located downtown in Bedford, Indiana. The museum is home to many interesting artifacts that showcase the heritage and history of Lawrence County.

The exhibits engage, inspire, educate and preserve objects of lasting interest for current and future generations to enjoy. Regardless of your ties to the Lawrence County area, the Limestone Country heritage is something we love to celebrate and share with everyone!


Grissom Memorial

The Lawrence County Museum of History & Edward L. Hutton Research Library is located in the 100-year-old, Hamer-Smith building located downtown in Bedford, Indiana. The museum is home to many interesting artifacts that showcase the heritage and history of Lawrence County.

The exhibits engage, inspire, educate and preserve objects of lasting interest for current and future generations to enjoy. Regardless of your ties to the Lawrence County area, the Limestone Country heritage is something we love to celebrate and share with everyone!


Where to Grab a Bite and a Brew:

Salt Creek Brewery

Called one of the most unique breweries in the state, you won’t want to miss this Lawrence County establishment. Take a seat at the bar and sip one of Salt Creek’s award-winning beers.

Look around at the brewery’s large and growing collection of vintage beer pieces and advertising memorabilia, some of which date back to the 1800’s, such as the Pabst Bottle or the Schlitz Brewery Keg. Take the stage on Thursday nights during their open mic night!


Where to Stay:

Spring Mill Inn

Rest peacefully during your stay, surrounded by cozy country décor. Go for a dip in the indoor pool and dive into the full-service dining room menu, complete with items to satisfy every craving! Take a lovely stroll by the lake and watch the beautiful southern Indiana sunset after having a delicious buffet dinner in the Inn’s dining room.

Now through May 27, 2021, when you stay two or more consecutive nights at the Inn you will get 25% off the Best Available Rate. This Springtime Special is valid any day of the week, on new reservations only. Click here for more information.


Thanks for celebrating National Tourism Week with us! To learn more about tourism in Lawrence County, click here.

Due to COVID-19, visitors are required to practice safe social distancing protocol when in public. Masks will be necessary to enter inside establishments and are to be worn in situations when social distancing is not possible. These safety measures should allow everyone to have fun, all while staying safe.

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