With everything that’s going on in the world right now, people are looking for positivity anywhere they can find it. Grant County is encouraging you to stay positive and look ahead to brighter days by planning a summer trip! Whether you are looking for saddle shoes, classic cars, vintage bikes, James Dean or Garfield, we have everything you need to plan the perfect summer trip in Grant County!
When you visit Grant County, start your trip off with a drive down The Garfield Trail. Fairmount, Indiana is home to the iconic Garfield comic strip creator, Jim Davis. Garfield’s presence is spread throughout Fairmount, Marion, Gas City, Upland, and all the communities in Grant County, Indiana.
While you are driving the Garfield Trail you’ll discover fourteen unique statues of America’s favorite, lasagna-loving fat cat. Taking a trip along the trail is a great family activity and presents a number of fun photo-ops. This trail is especially enjoyable in the summertime sun and is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature.
In addition to the famous comic strip, Grant County is also home to the renowned movie star James Dean. Born in Marion, Indiana, James Dean is a timeless icon. Starring in only three films during his short life, Dean managed to make a substantial impact on film culture and is still known as a Hollywood legend to this day.
During your summer trip in Grant County, visiting the James Dean Gallery in Fairmount is a must! The gallery features a collection of Dean portraits and rare memorabilia, including hometown artifacts, collectibles, magazines and more. Visitors from around the globe visit the Gallery to pay homage to the 50’s film icon.
While you are exploring all Grant County has to offer, make a stop in Upland at Ivanhoe’s Drive In. Locals used to enjoy a burger, fries and a milkshake at Ivanhoe’s for only 45 cents! Starting with just 3 flavors of milkshakes, the menu now boasts more than 100 milkshake flavors and 100 sundae selections. These tasty treats are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth during the summertime.
Kick your cabin fever and start planning your summertime trip. Although we recommend visiting these three places, there are many nifty attractions for you to explore in Grant County! To start planning your future trip now, click here.