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South-Bend is located in north-central Indiana in St. Joseph County. It's situated near the southernmost bend of the St. Joseph River. As of the 2000 census, the population of South Bend was 107,789. It's the fourth largest city in the state and the economic and cultural hub of the region known as Michiana. South Bend is also well known for being home to the University of Notre Dame. South Bend was influenced by a large settlement of Polish Catholic immigrants in the late 19th century and Dyngus Day is widely celebrated on the Monday after Easter each year. Fat Tuesday is also celebrated in South Bend, with Paczkis being a staple food product in the city for the day. South Bend is home to the only reggae music festival in the state and attracts a nationwide audience with some of the world's premiere reggae artists performing each summer. The World Pulse Festival is also held annually in South Bend and features contemporary Christian music and draws some 50,000 visitors each year. The city is home to the South Bend Museum of Art and the Studebaker National Museum, which has a large collection of wagons and automobiles from the Studebaker Company. The Center for History in South Bend is composed of several buildings, including a 38-room mansion built in 1895, and areas dedicated to the history of the University of Notre Dame, the St. Joseph River Valley and the Kidsfirst Children's Museum. Other attractions in the city include the Potawatomi Zoo and the Potawatomi Greenhouses, and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Recreation in the area includes swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

Surrounding areas: Mishawaka, Indiana (4.9 mi), Elkhart, Indiana (14.1 mi), Rolling Prairie, Indiana (18.9 mi), Nappanee, Indiana (21.0 mi), Koontz Lake, Indiana (22.4 mi), Plymouth, Indiana (23.7 mi), LaPorte, Indiana (24.6 mi)

South Bend Vacation Rentals

South Bend Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Suites52939 US 933South Bend, IN (574) 272-1500
Days Inn52757 US 31 NSouth Bend, IN (574) 277-0510
Drake Motel60971 US 31 SSouth Bend, IN (574) 291-3100
Econo Lodge Motel3233 Lincolnway WSouth Bend, IN (574) 232-9019
Hampton Inn & Suites52709 US 31 NSouth Bend, IN (574) 277-9373
Hickory Inn50520 US 31 NSouth Bend, IN (574) 272-7555
Holiday Inn City Centre South Bend213 W Washington StSouth Bend, IN (574) 232-3941
Howard Johnson Inn130 Dixieway SSouth Bend, IN (574) 272-7900
Jamison Inn1404 North Ivy RdSouth Bend, IN (574) 277-9682
Kenrose Motel25725 US 20 WestSouth Bend, IN (574) 232-3375
Knights Inn236 Dixie Hwy NSouth Bend, IN (574) 277-2960
Motel 652624 US 31 NSouth Bend, IN (574) 272-7072
Quality Inn & Suites4124 Lincoln Way WSouth Bend, IN (574) 288-3800
Quality Inn University515 N DixiewaySouth Bend, IN (574) 272-6600
Ramada Inn52890 US 31 NSouth Bend, IN (574) 272-5220
Residence Inn By Marriott South Bend716 N Niles AveSouth Bend, IN (574) 289-5555
Saint Mary's Inn53993 US 31 33 NSouth Bend, IN (574) 232-4000
Signature Inn215 S Dixie HwySouth Bend, IN (574) 277-3211
Sleep Inn4134 Lincolnway WSouth Bend, IN (574) 232-3200
Super 8 South Bend4124 Ameritech DrSouth Bend, IN (574) 233-3800
Works Motel475 N Nile AveSouth Bend, IN (574) 234-1954
Marriott South Bend123 N St JosephSouthbend, IN (574) 234-2000
The Morris InnUniversity Of Notre DameNotre Dame, IN1.3 mi.(574) 631-2000
Days Inn2754 Lincolnway EMishawaka, IN2.6 mi.(574) 256-2300
Super 8 - South Bend52825 US 33 NSouthbend, IN3.3 mi.(574) 272-9000
Country Inn & Suites120 W University DrMishawaka, IN3.6 mi.(574) 271-1700
Fairfield Inn South Bend Mishawaka425 University DrMishawaka, IN3.6 mi.(574) 273-2202
Hampton Inn Mishawaka445 W University DrMishawaka, IN3.6 mi.(574) 273-2309
Holiday Inn Express420 W University DrMishawaka, IN3.6 mi.(574) 277-2520
Super 8535 W University DrMishawaka, IN3.6 mi.(574) 247-0888
Super 8536 W University DrMishawaka, IN3.6 mi.(574) 247-0888
Varsity Clubs Of America3800 N Main StMishawaka, IN3.6 mi.(574) 277-0500
Studioplus4715 N Main StMishawaka, IN3.7 mi.(574) 255-8031
Courtyard By Marriott South Bend/Mishawaka4825 N Main StMishawaka, IN3.8 mi.(574) 273-9900
Extended Stay America5305 N Main StMishawaka, IN4.0 mi.(574) 277-9912
Holiday Inn Express-Mishawaka6701 N Main StGranger, IN4.5 mi.(574) 271-1700
100 Center MotelCenterMishawaka, IN4.9 mi.(574) 256-1501
Springhill Suites By Marriott Mishawaka5225 Edisons Lake PkwyMishawaka, IN4.9 mi.(574) 271-0832
Holiday Inn Express1265 S 11TH StNiles, MI9.1 mi.(269) 684-3900
Econo Lodge52078 SR 19 NElkhart, IN14.1 mi.(574) 262-0540

South Bend Weather & Climate

Southwest Michigan enjoys four seasons with a moderate climate, surrounded by vast forests, fertile farmlands, the Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous inland lakes and rivers. Snowfall is moderate along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Heavier snowfall in the state is found in the Upper Peninsula and the upper reaches of the Lower Peninsula. The Great Lakes help moderate winter temperatures, but still, average highs in January in the southwest portion of the state can be expected to be in the 20s. Breezes along the shoreline of Lake Michigan helps keep temperatures cooler in the summertime and humidity is considered average. Statewide annual rainfall is around 35 inches, with the higher amounts in the upper regions of the state and along the Lake Michigan border.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 15°F 2.27 in. -
February 35°F 19°F 1.98 in. -
March 46°F 28°F 2.89 in. -
April 58°F 37°F 3.62 in. -
May 70°F 48°F 3.50 in. -
June 79°F 58°F 4.19 in. -
July 83°F 62°F 3.73 in. -
August 80°F 61°F 3.98 in. -
September 73°F 53°F 3.79 in. -
October 61°F 42°F 3.27 in. -
November 47°F 32°F 3.39 in. -
December 35°F 21°F 3.09 in. -

South Bend Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located about 3 miles northwest of South Bend, the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located approximately 42 miles west of South Bend in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located roughly 60 miles west of South Bend in Gary, Indiana, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located around 67 miles northeast of South Bend in Battle Creek, Michigan, and finally the Fort Wayne International airport (FWA) located about 73 miles southeast of South Bend in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

South Bend Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI34.9 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN37.8 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN63.9 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN64.7 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN70.1 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL73.1 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL79.0 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL82.6 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL84.1 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI70.5 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI93.3 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI107.2 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL107.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Blackthorn Golf ClubSouth BendIN 
Elbel Golf CourseSouth BendIN 
Erskine Golf CourseSouth BendIN 
Robin Hood Golf ClubSouth BendIN 
Studebaker Municipal Golf CourseSouth BendIN 
EberhartPetro Municipal Golf CourseMishawakaIN5.4 mi.
Hanging Tree Golf ClubWestfieldIN6.8 mi.
Juday Creek Golf ClubGrangerIN8.6 mi.
Plym Park Municipal Golf CourseNilesMI9.4 mi.
Oak Tree Golf CoursePlainfieldIN11.4 mi.
Garver Lake Golf CourseEdwardsburgMI11.6 mi.
Birch Tree Golf CourseNew CarlisleIN12.9 mi.
Old Orchard Golf CourseElkhartIN14.4 mi.
Sprig OMint Golf ClubBremenIN17.8 mi.
Valley Hills Golf CourseRolling PrairieIN18.6 mi.
Whispering Pines Golf CourseWalkertonIN19.5 mi.
Hamlet Golf CourseHamletIN19.7 mi.
Diamond Lake Golf CourseCassopolisMI19.9 mi.
Park Shore Golf ClubCassopolisMI19.9 mi.
Indian Lake Hills Golf CourseEau ClaireMI20.6 mi.
Pipestone Creek Golf CourseEau ClaireMI20.6 mi.
McCormick Creek Golf CourseNappaneeIN21.2 mi.
Dowagiac Elks Country ClubDowagiacMI21.9 mi.
Hampshire Country ClubDowagiacMI21.9 mi.
Spruce RidgeDowagiacMI21.9 mi.
Raber Golf CourseBristolIN22.8 mi.
Pebblewood Country ClubBridgmanMI23.5 mi.
Plymouth Rock Golf CoursePlymouthIN23.9 mi.
TriWay Golf ClubPlymouthIN23.9 mi.
Parmore Golf CourseNew ParisIN25.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI27.7 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI50.5 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI102.7 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI105.3 mi.
State Parks
Potato Creek State ParkIN10.3 mi. 
Warren Woods State ParkMI21.6 mi. 
Warren Dunes State ParkMI23.5 mi. 
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN(Art)
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI18.8 mi.(History)
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN24.9 mi.(Technology)
Brauer Museum of ArtValparaisoIN44.4 mi.(Art)
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI54.1 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI54.1 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN 
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN69.5 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI70.5 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL73.1 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL73.1 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL83.1 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI106.5 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI113.0 mi.

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