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South Bend has its origins in the early 19th century, and you can still see much of the impressive and intricate architecture from this time. This leafy, college city has a strong emphasis on arts and culture, and both students and locals enjoy the restored downtown area which is full of unique shops and restaurants, as well as being a great spot to party the night away.

Things to see

The grand spires and domes of the University of Notre Dame hint at its roots in Catholicism, and its leafy campus is full of impressive architecture dating back to the late 19th century. Most visitors come here to visit the Notre Dame Stadium, and on game nights the tall stands are full of thousands of cheering football fans. With the college's Fighting Irish team boasting the most players drafted to the NFL over the years, you can be sure to spot some of the future biggest names in football. Visitors who are here on business may find themselves at the Century Center Convention Center which is a large, contemporary building on the waterfront. The center holds many corporate and private events throughout the year, offering spacious rooms with high ceilings and large windows. The South Bend Chocolate Factory is a dream trip for kids and those with a sweet tooth, and you can take an informative tour and see how some of your favorite treats are made. There are plenty of free samples along the way, and there's also a huge gift shop with long display racks of different chocolate varieties so you can buy presents for your lucky loved ones back home.

Hotels in South Bend

There are lots of South Bend hotels that occupy historic buildings, and this allows you to stay in charming inns and B&B accommodation where you can feel at home. Most of the hotels in South Bend have 2 or 3 stars, and boast individually decorated rooms with amenities including air conditioning, bathrobes, ironing boards, and cable television, as well as offering deluxe rooms with extras such as 4-poster beds. The hotels themselves also have plenty of facilities for guests to enjoy, and these can include complimentary breakfasts, barbeque grills, DVD libraries, free parking, and friendly staff to help you plan your stay.

Where to stay

South Bend has a lively downtown area where historic buildings have been lovingly converted into independent, locally owned stores. You'll find shops selling handmade and artisanal goods, as well as cool cafés and cozy pubs with a laid back atmosphere. It's also an impressive center for the arts, and during the day you can wander around the many art galleries. At night, the local theaters have a rich calendar of events, and you can see shows from local amateurs or professional touring groups. After dark is also when you can enjoy the livelier side of the city, with lots of live music venues and busy bars where you can make new friends.

How to get to South Bend

South Bend Airport has regular connections to major hubs across the USA, and its convenient location in the northwest of the city makes it easily accessible for visitors. You can pick up a rental car or taxi and be downtown in about 10 minutes at off-peak times, although you will need to account for traffic during commuter hours. There are also regular local bus services that take you from the airport to the city center in about 20 minutes with very cheap fares. If you're heading west to Chicago and other places along the way, there's also a train station at the airport which is the terminus for the South Shore Line around Lake Michigan.

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