I'm really surprised how much love Indiana gets. You never really hear much about it but many people talk about how nice it is.The Stone Wall wrote: ↑Mon Jun 21, 2021 12:49 pmBloomington is a wonderful small college town. The downtown is walkable and IU is beautiful. When I lived in Indianapolis, we would drive down to the area to get out of the city. Airport seemed to be high on the OP's list along with a little more access to urban amenities. Columbus, IN is also nice particularly because of the unique architecture.dogagility wrote: ↑Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:42 amBloomington is a typical college town in an area of rolling hills. If I were the OP, I'd consider Bloomington well before anything in the Indy metro area.The Stone Wall wrote: ↑Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:37 am With your conditions, Lexington is probably the best alternative. Sometimes considered a "city within a park" because of the surrounding farms. Cincinnati is too large and sprawling, is there a small city in southern Indiana?, Knoxville does have the Smokey's but no real airport and I've never seen the Asheville airport but nature is fantastic.
No Costco though.
Indianapolis airport is very highly ranked for affordable airfare and good quality facilities. I guess it's not a hub so all airlines service it and compete with each other.