Adventure Time! The Best One-Tank Day Trips From Fort Wayne, IN

day trips from fort wayne

Who said there’s nothing to do in Fort Wayne? Not only is there plenty to do in the city itself, but there’s also a lot to do within driving distance from your Fort Wayne apartment. You can take day trips from Fort Wayne to a variety of destinations around the city all on one tank of gas.

You’ll be able to enjoy the best of culture, nature, and city life on these trips. For the very best one-tank trips from Fort Wayne, read on.

What Cities Are Near Fort Wayne?


The Windy City, Chicago, is only a three-hour drive from Fort Wayne. Chicago has it all: Deep-dish pizza, pro sports teams, a busy cultural calendar, and more. Its Washington, Grant, and Lincoln Parks are worth checking out too.

While Chicago is a more obvious choice, don’t let smaller cities fly under your radar.


Detroit’s only slightly smaller, but still a brand-name American city that’s recently been revitalized. In a less-than-three-hour drive, you’ll arrive in the Motor City where the finest food, culture (including car culture), and nightlife await you. Detroit Rock City, everybody.


In another approximately three-hour drive from Fort Wayne, you’ll get to Cincinnati, the Queen City on the Ohio River. Enjoy the craft vendors and food stalls at Findlay Market. Also, make time to see the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

The Cincinnati Bell Connector will help you get around easier.

Other Day Trips From Fort Wayne

Cataract Falls

“Don’t go chasing waterfalls,” TLC said, but just this once, disobey them and chase Cataract Falls in Owen County, IN. With an 86-foot drop and perennially-cold water, Cataract Falls will have you coming back for more. But first, enjoy the walk in the forest that takes you there.


Whine now, wine later, right? Get in touch with your classy, sophisticated, cultured side at the Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard in Bristol. Here, you can traipse about the vineyard like a French sommelier, sampling local wine as you gaze upon the rolling hills.

French Lick

For another classy experience, chart a course to West Baden Springs Hotel (near French Lick), a high-class hotel once known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Take afternoon tea in the hotel’s atrium or indulge and luxuriate at the spa. Make it a whole weekend there, while you’re at it.   

Parke County

Feeling nostalgic? Then head over to Parke County for a blast from the past as you visit one of the county’s 31 covered bridges. Pedestrians are allowed on more than 20 of its bridges.

Vehicles aren’t allowed on all of the county’s bridges.

Indiana Dunes

Even though the weather’s cooler and it isn’t a great time to take a swim, Fort Wayne is only a short 2 1/2 hour drive from Lake Michigan at the Indiana Dunes National Park. 

Spend the day climbing the many surrounding sand dunes or hop on a bike and hit the trails to view the colorful fall leaves. 


Finally, take your kids to (or rediscover your inner child at) the Whitewater Valley Railroad in Connersville, only a little more than two hours from Fort Wayne. Ride the Fall Foliage Flyer or Wild West Train and learn about local history. This railroad’s a museum, too.

Attractions Near Fort Wayne

There you have it. You can make day trips from Fort Wayne to world-class cities like Chicago, natural jewels like Cataract Falls, and high-level vineyards like the Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard. Best of all, you can do all of the above in one day, on one tank of gas.

For more things to do around here, stay tuned to our blog.

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