South Bend

South Bend is in Northern Indiana. The city's name is drawn from the fact that it's situated on the southernmost bend in the St. Joseph River. South Bend is the home of the University of Notre Dame, but is also the former home of many large companies such as Studebaker, Oliver Chilled Plow, and Singer.

Currently, the area is home to Crowe-Chizek, AM General (which makes Hummer H1 and 2s), Bosch, Honeywell, and Woodwind & Brasswind. The city hopes to grow with the undertaking of a new nano-technology campus near the city, which has already brought new contracts for factories and businesses around the city of Southbend

Get in

By car

By plane

The South Bend Airport (SBN) is located just a few miles west of the city center of South Bend, in the very northern part of the State of Indiana and close to the border of Michigan. It is within a 35-mile drive west to the shores of Lake Michigan. The airport has easy access to Interstate 80/90 and US 20/31. Serving as a multi-modal transportation complex for the region, SBN is the only non-hub airport in the United States featuring air, interstate rail, and interstate bus services at one multi-modal terminal location.

SBN’s three air carriers (Allegiant, Continental, Delta. United/Continental) provide non-stop flights to 9 cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, Minneapolis, Orlando/Sanford, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg. SBN’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air, rail and bus passengers each year.

According to the 2007 Economic Impact Report from the Aviation Authority of Indiana, the South Bend Airport's total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $433.7 million. SBN's annual indirect and direct contribution to the Indiana economy is estimated at more than $5.2 billion. In 2010, over 627,000 origination and destination passengers used SBN.

A $15.5 million Capital Improvement Project to expand the passenger terminal saw the completion of Phase 1 in November 2010 with final completion of all phases scheduled for January 2012. The final project will give area travelers a new 45,000 square foot concourse and will include 5 new gates, a consolidated security checkpoint, post-security food service amenities, a gift shop, a business center, and a children’s play area. Funding sources for the project include AIP funds, PFC’s, and airport operating revenue.

By train

By bus

Get around

Public transportation

Taxis and Limousines

Driving Yourself


Outdoors & Landmarks




Museums, Art Galleries, and Indoor Activities

Outdoor Activities


Local Business

Outlets and Malls







Bars and Clubs






Stay Safe

Like many post-industrial cities, South Bend has some trouble spots. To be safe, lock your vehicle when you plan to leave it unattended anywhere downtown, but especially in a parking garage or low lit area after dark. Places to be careful during the day and not walk through after dark include areas on and around Lincoln Way West between William St. and the airport, SR 23 and Madison St. on the East Side of downtown and the river, Western Avenue between William St. and Mayflower, and US 31 between Monroe and Donmoyer Ave. to the north and south and Miami St. and Olive/Locust Rd. to the east and west. Essentially, the south and west sides of downtown and a small portion of the east side can be dangerous, but the majority of neighborhoods are safe. Portage Road and going north towards Cleveland is also known for crime. Take care as you would in any major city after dark.

One natural threat to be aware of are tornadoes: if you hear a siren or there is a tornado warning issued, take it seriously. Because South Bend/Michiana is so far North of the tornado belt, there are very few twisters in the area, even during tornado season. However, the tornadoes that do occur are usually F0s which, though comparatively weak, are often low to the ground and very difficult to spot with doppler radar, making advanced warning more difficult. Though much smaller events, their winds speeds can reach as high as 90 miles per hour and they can cause very localized damage in a short period.

Stay Healthy

Drinking water is as safe in South Bend as anywhere else in the country. Do not swim in the St. Joseph River or accidentally ingest river water as the Western half of the St. Joe is still quite polluted. A 5-phase project to reroute old stormwater pipelines out of the river is nearly halfway finished, and is the primary remaining obstacle toward relative purity.

Go next

Northern Indiana has several recreation areas that highlight the interesting topography and natural features of the area.

Routes through South Bend

END Chicago  W  E  Elkhart Toledo
Gary La Porte  W  E  Mishawaka Toledo
Gary Michigan City  W  E  Mishawaka Toledo
Muskegon Niles  N  S  Jct W EPlymouth Indianapolis
Valparaiso La Porte  W  E  END
Chicago Michigan City  NW  SE  END

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Friday, January 22, 2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.