Actually, of the 3 I'd put Terre Haute at the bottom of the list. I'm not saying come to Gary, but the surrounding areas are nice, not to mention being only 30 miles from Chicago. Indy is a smaller city but there's still plenty to do. I have friends who go camping near Terre Haute, and I suppose if you're just doing a day trip or weekend at the most it would be fine. They have some nice B & B's. But if you're looking for more than 2 days, I'd go with Indy or Northwest Indiana (not Gary). Although parts of Gary such as Miller Beach are beautiful. They're trying to turn it around, it just takes time. A friend of mine is a Gary cop, apparently it's still the murder capital of the US, but that's based per capita. There are a lot less people in Gary than larger cities.
Terre Haute is also known as a smelly city. I'm not sure what kind of factory it is that causes it, but Terre Haute has a distinct odor to it. When you're traveling, you definitely know when you've reached Terre Haute because you can smell it!
Terre Haute is not a bad place. It has changed some over the years, and there are things to do there. It is a city that has really cleaned its self up and is really starting to attract people to it. If you are looking for something to do for a weekend there, well depending on what you like to do. In the downtown area there are a few museums in the area. You could visit the Swope Art museum, or the clabber girl museum ( I havent been inside personally). There are also a few art galleries in the downtown area. And if you have kids there is a nice children's museum. There are also alot of nice restaurants.
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