Indiana is full of extraordinary beauty that you won’t find in other states! From the sands of the Dunes to the Caves of Hoosier National Forest, there are plenty of places to visit this spring that will surely provide a new appreciation for the unique allure of the state. Following are some of the coolest natural wonders near Syracuse that you should drive to this spring:

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Less than a two hours’ drive from Syracuse in Chesterton, Indiana is a rare gem along the shores of Lake Michigan. Stretching 15 miles along the lake is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and State Park, which makes up arguably one of the most gorgeous areas in the entire state. If you’ve never been to visit, you owe it to yourself to make the short trip to one of the most gorgeous splendors of the state.

Cataract Falls

If you’re looking for a bit of a longer road trip, head southwest of Indianapolis to Cataract Falls. About a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Syracuse, the Upper Cataract Falls area is located in Owen County; by volume, this is the largest of many waterfalls throughout the state.

The Seven Pillars of Peru

Just an hour and a half south of Syracuse, you’ll find the Seven Pillars of Peru. Also commonly known as “The Cliffs” locally, this historical landmark is located along the Mississinewa River in Peru. Made of limestone that was eroded by wind and water, the formation was once considered to be holy ground by the Miami Indians.

Williamsport Falls

Just a bit southwest of Lafayette is Williamsport, home to Williamsport Falls. The waterfall here is less than a three-hour-drive from Syracuse and is more than 90 feet tall, making it the highest free-falling waterfall in Indiana. It’s easily viewed by car or on foot, and you can park close to the falls, too.

Jug Rock

Jug Rock is a neat little wonder in Indiana that is 60 feet tall; it’s one of the most unique free-standing rock formations in the entire United States. It’s hundreds of millions of years old! Located in Shoals, Indiana, Jug Rock is perfect for those who are looking to make it part of a longer road trip. It’s in the northern part of Hoosier National Forest, north of French Lick and about 5 hours’ drive from Syracuse.

While these are just five natural wonders in Indiana you can visit, there are literally hundreds of excellent places in the state that are unique and beautiful. You may want to make an entire road trip around the state to visit many of them – all kinds of natural elements can be found in every county of the state! Additional wonders you may want to visit include the Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County, Falls of the Ohio State Park, Garfield Park Sunken Gardens in Indianapolis, and Mounds State Park.