Lafayette (Indiana)

Lafayette is the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Central Indiana. It is located 2 hours southeast of Chicago and 1 hour northwest of Indianapolis. The Greater Lafayette metropolitan area consists of the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. The combined population is 97,000. Neighboring West Lafayette is home to Purdue University, a large, prestigious public university.

Tippecanoe County Courthouse

Get in

By train

By bus

By plane

Get around

Purdue Campus
Original Standard Oil station

The area is divided by the Wabash River. To the east of the river is Lafayette and to the west is West Lafayette. Lafayette is broken down into several neighborhoods. Starting at the river and heading east is downtown. Here you will find numerous shops and restaurants as well as most of the museums and theaters. North of downtown is the Historical Centennial Neighborhood. South of downtown is the Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood. Most of the shopping and hotels are either downtown or along one of the main arteries. State Rd 26 runs east and west bisecting both cities. State Rd 52 curves around the East side of town and crosses the river into the Northern side of West Lafayette. On State Rd 52 near the Southeast side of town you will find the Tippecanoe Mall. Interstate 65 marks the eastern edge of Lafayette. From South to North there are 4 exits for Lafayette, St Rd 38, St Rd 26, St Rd 25, and St Rd 43 (for West Lafayette).

The John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge connects downtown Lafayette with West Lafayette. Starting at the river and heading west into West Lafayette is the Levee area and Wabash Landing. This area is fairly new with several shops, a multiplex theater, a park, and an outdoor ice skating rink. Continue west up the hill on State Rd. 26 to the Chauncey Hill and Village area. There you will find most of the college bars and several restaurants. Continue west on Hwy. 26 to pass through the main campus of Purdue University. To the north and east of Purdue is the main residential area of West Lafayette.



Skating at Riverside




West Lafayette



West Lafayette


Bed and Breakfast



Internet access

All the public libraries have wired Internet computers available for use by anyone for limited time periods. Airimba have commercial wireless access at four apartment sites at very affordable rates especially for short stays. Other locations offering internet access include:


Go next

Routes through Lafayette

Chicago Rensselaer  W  E  Crawfordsville Indianapolis
Gary Rensselaer ← Jct W E  N  S  Lebanon Indianapolis
Kankakee Kentland  NW  SE  Lebanon Indianapolis
Crown Point Rensselaer ← Jct W E  N  S  Crawfordsville Owensboro

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Monday, December 28, 2015. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.