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The 150-year-old University of Notre Dame is South Bend's biggest tourist draw, and for good reason. Though it's not easy to land seats at the 80,000-plus-capacity Notre Dame Stadium for a "Fighting Irish" football game, you'll find plenty of attractions on the beautiful, expansive campus. Highlights include numerous works of art, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a replica of the famous shrine. Football fans will also want to visit the College Football Hall of Fame, which features interesting perspectives on the game and inductee videos. Whether or not you remember the Studebaker automobile, which saw its demise in the early sixties, you're sure to enjoy the Studebaker... more The 150-year-old University of Notre Dame is South Bend's biggest tourist draw, and for good reason. Though it's not easy to land seats at the 80,000-plus-capacity Notre Dame Stadium for a "Fighting Irish" football game, you'll find plenty of attractions on the beautiful, expansive campus. Highlights include numerous works of art, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a replica of the famous shrine. Football fans will also want to visit the College Football Hall of Fame, which features interesting perspectives on the game and inductee videos. Whether or not you remember the Studebaker automobile, which saw its demise in the early sixties, you're sure to enjoy the Studebaker National Museum, featuring more than 75 vehicles drawn from the history of the company, beginning with horse-drawn carriages. South Bend has several fine museums, including the South Bend Regional Museum of Art and the Northern Indiana Center for History, a complex of four museums. Don't leave without trying truffles or fudge from the South Bend Chocolate Company. less

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Attraction type: Churches & Cathedrals
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University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
Owner description: Renowned for its rich athletic tradition, the university is a beautiful place to visit, with such religious attractions as the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, the park-like setting... more Owner description: Renowned for its rich athletic tradition, the university is a beautiful place to visit, with such religious attractions as the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, the park-like setting of its huge stadium and the abundant artwork. less
Attraction type: Educational sites
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Studebaker National Museum
Studebaker National Museum
Owner description: This tribute to the now-defunct Studebaker automobile exhibits over 75 vehicles that span the 114-year history of the company, from the Studebaker family's Conestoga Wagon to the... more Owner description: This tribute to the now-defunct Studebaker automobile exhibits over 75 vehicles that span the 114-year history of the company, from the Studebaker family's Conestoga Wagon to the final car to roll off the assembly line. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Notre Dame Stadium
Notre Dame Stadium
Owner description: One of the top sporting venues in the U.S., this vast sports arena for the athletically celebrated University of Notre Dame was originally built in 1930 and remodeled in the late... more Owner description: One of the top sporting venues in the U.S., this vast sports arena for the athletically celebrated University of Notre Dame was originally built in 1930 and remodeled in the late '90s, increasing seating capacity to over 80,000. less
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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Center for History
Center for History
Owner description: A stately Victorian mansion with original furnishings and stunning woodwork is the highlight of this museum complex, which also includes a children's museum, a gallery of Notre... more Owner description: A stately Victorian mansion with original furnishings and stunning woodwork is the highlight of this museum complex, which also includes a children's museum, a gallery of Notre Dame history and an exhibit that chronicles the history of the St. Joseph River Valley. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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LaSalle Grill
LaSalle Grill
Ranked #1 of 266 Restaurants in South Bend
Price: $16 - $36
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Grill, Healthy
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
J.W. Chen's
J.W. Chen's
Ranked #2 of 266 Restaurants in South Bend
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Mango Cafe
Mango Cafe
Ranked #3 of 266 Restaurants in South Bend
Cuisines: Venezuelan
Javier's Bistro
Javier's Bistro
Ranked #4 of 266 Restaurants in South Bend
Cuisines: American, Fusion, Puerto Rican
Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
Ranked #5 of 266 Restaurants in South Bend
Price: $12 - $50
Cuisines: Continental
Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Americas Best Value Inn
2.0 of 5
Americas Best Value Inn
$64 - $83
Ranked #16 of 29 Hotels in South Bend
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Holiday Inn Express Mishawaka
Holiday Inn Express Mishawaka
$83 - $129
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Granger

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Ivy Court Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
Ivy Court Inn & Suites
$122 - $185
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in South Bend
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Inn at Saint Mary's Hotel & Suites
3.0 of 5
Inn at Saint Mary's Hotel & Suites
$114 - $202
Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in South Bend
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Hilton Garden Inn South Bend
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn South Bend
$137 - $293
Ranked #4 of 29 Hotels in South Bend
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