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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: Universities & Schools
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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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Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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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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LaSalle Grill
LaSalle Grill
Ranked #1 of 284 Restaurants in South Bend
Price: $16 - $36
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free, Barbecue, Grill, Healthy
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fiddler's Hearth Public House
Fiddler's Hearth Public House
Ranked #2 of 284 Restaurants in South Bend
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, Pub, American, British
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Cafe Navarre
Cafe Navarre
Ranked #3 of 284 Restaurants in South Bend
Price: $20 - $38
Cuisines: American, Soups, French
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
J.W. Chen's
J.W. Chen's
Ranked #4 of 284 Restaurants in South Bend
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
Ranked #5 of 284 Restaurants in South Bend
Price: $16 - $50
Cuisines: French, American, European, International
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Americas Best Value Inn
2.0 of 5
Americas Best Value Inn
$66 - $166
Ranked #14 of 28 Hotels in South Bend
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Cushing Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast
$75 - $1,130
Ranked #4 of 8 South Bend B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Morris Inn
3.5 of 5
Morris Inn
$156 - $236
Ranked #1 of 28 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
$115 - $261
Ranked #2 of 28 Hotels in South Bend
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The Oliver Inn
3.5 of 5
The Oliver Inn
$156 - $226
Ranked #1 of 8 South Bend B&B and Inns
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