News & Resources for the Indiana Tourism Industry

Former Miss America Video Blogs for Visit Indiana

Whether you like apple picking with your family or leaf peeping at the autumn colors, VisitIndianaFall.com is the place to find all your fall trip ideas. It’s the place to find everything from chills and thrills, fall excursions, u-picks, wineries, breweries and spirits, fall festivals and new this year Katie’s Home-State Adventures.

As Miss America 2009, Katie Stam Irk traveled more than 250,000 miles across the country. Now that she’s traded the crown for a diaper bag, she’s traveling around her home state of Indiana, sharing great getaway ideas with you. Katie is the proud mom of Charlotte, Rosie and Wrigley and she takes them, along with husband Brian and occasional friends, on her Hoosier adventures.

Katie’s Home-State Adventures for this fall include:

  • Bloomington Farmers’ Market
  • Brown County
  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  • Huber’s Winery, Orchard, & Vineyards
  • Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

“Katie is a born-and-raised Hoosier and her passion for Indiana comes to life in the video blogs,” said Mark Newman, Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD). “Not only is she polished on camera from her pageant career, but being a mom and growing up on a dairy farm in Seymour makes her the perfect agritourism expert.  We’re so pleased that Katie has joined the Visit Indiana team”

You can watch all of Katie’s Home-State Adventures by clicking here.

best of

Visit Indiana is once again featuring the “people’s choice” online voting in three categories for the Best of Indiana Fall. This year, Hoosiers can cast votes for Indiana’s Best Tenderloins, Best Fall Festivals and Best Historic Destinations. Voting is now open to the public at VisitIndianaFall.com and closes on October 27. Winners will be announced November 1st.

If you’re a native Hoosier, you know what a tenderloin sandwich is. It’s a piece of pork, pounded and breaded and usually fried. It might be crispy and flat or thick and juicy, but almost all of them are bigger than the bun. No matter your taste of tenderloin, you have an opinion. See what places made the list for Best Tenderloins and give your favorite a vote.

Apples, blueberries, wine, history, heritage. Indiana is home to over 750 festivals. Whether you enjoy sipping on apple cider, buying local crafts, or picking pumpkins, there’s a fall festival for all Hoosiers to enjoy. Click here to vote for the Best Fall Festival.

Freedom seekers, future leaders, beautiful mansions, and burial grounds. All have historical significance in the Hoosier history books. There are dozens of historical destinations across the State of Indiana where you can learn and experience what life was like for Hoosier trailblazers. Choose your favorite Indiana Historic Destination.

With over 22,000 votes in 2016, Hoosiers made their choice for Indiana’s Best Winery Experience, Best Waterfall and Best Music Festival. The winners were:

To see all of our ‘Best Of’ winners through the years, click here.

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About Indiana Office of Tourism Development
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch oversees the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Mark Newman serves as the agency's executive director. IOTD is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Indiana through leadership and resource support to the Indiana travel industry. The tourism and hospitality industry is directly responsible for 155,200 jobs, generates over $1.4 billion in tax receipts and contributes $11.5 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses. For more information: www.VisitIndiana.com.