Keep your camera & smartphone handy — Richmond and Wayne County offer some fantastic scenery to capture in selfies and pics you’ll definitely want to show off on social media.
Start your photo tour at one of Richmond’s most recognizable landmarks. Named for a local businessman who redirected the Whitewater River to power his mill back in the 1800s, Thistlethwaite Falls in the Whitewater Gorge feature the soothing sounds and sights of water flowing over a tiered rock formation. (Bonus — it’s also an excellent spot to hunt for prehistoric fossils!) Keep the natural beauty going with a visit to the spring-fed Middlefork Reservoir on the north side of town, where you can rent paddleboats and canoes for leisurely excursions on the lake. Stay alert and camera-ready for wildlife sightings.
Home to more than 100 All-American Rose varieties, the Richmond Rose A.A.R.S. Garden along U.S. 40 at Glen Miller Park is absolutely breathtaking in full bloom; try to time your visit for mid to late June and September to appreciate the most color. The sunflower fields at Golliher Farms in Cambridge City take over the spotlight from late July into the fall, a vast expanse of cheerful yellow blossoms atop soaring stalks.
Wayne County’s vibrant collection of hand-painted murals make for a fun itinerary to follow any time of the year. More than 80 art illustrations liven up buildings, city streets and other public sites, providing a welcome dose of beauty and even a few lessons along the way; the fire rescue scene on the south side of the Firehouse BBQ and Blues building in the Historic Depot District is a local favorite. Pit stop at the Indiana University East campus off Chester Boulevard near I-70 to snap some shots of the outdoor sculpture exhibit, a juried showcase of works by artists throughout the country.
Little visitors love posing in front of the wings at the Old National Road Welcome Center and Gift Shop before embarking on the Enchanted Fairy Trail, a magical collection of imaginative miniature dwellings tucked into secret spots across Wayne County. Or, go on a mummy hunt — Richmond houses the only two authentic Egyptian mummies in Indiana, lying just a few miles apart at the Wayne County Historical Museum and the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History at Earlham College.
With such a diverse selection of restaurants to choose from in Richmond and Wayne County, you’ll most certainly want to document any dishes and décor you encounter. From delectable donuts and coffee to wow-worthy entrees and desserts, local chefs and eateries are cooking up meals that will make your mouth water.
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