Quality of Life


From living dunes, to quiet meadows and shadowed woods, the South Bend - Elkhart Region offers abundant beauty that surprises first-time visitors. Those who prefer peaceful rural scenes, vast beaches, vibrant downtowns, and safe, family-friendly neighborhoods will find plenty to love — as will those who enjoy the excitement and sophistication of big cities.

Everything Chicago has to offer is just a short drive or train ride away, and the athletic and arts resources of Indianapolis are also easy to visit. But once you get to know the many amenities of places like South Bend, Michigan City, and Michigan’s Lake Michigan coastal towns, you’ll see that you don’t have to travel far to have a great time. After all, the Michiana Region has a wealth of orchards, festivals, distilleries, breweries, and performing arts centers. At the famed campus of the University of Notre Dame, you’ll find world-class athletics and academics, and throughout the area are exceptional healthcare providers and services.

Lake Michigan and its dunes offer mile after mile of recreation and breathtaking beauty, and as you move inland, you’ll find crystal-clear lakes for fishing and boating, dozens of challenging golf courses, and quaint communities with lush parklands. And perhaps the most amazing amenity of all is the remarkably low cost of making the South Bend - Elkhart Region your home.


All of the Convention and Visitors Bureaus in the South Bend - Elkhart Region are member's of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC), a regional partnership of the Convention and Visitors Bureaus from seven northern Indiana counties. The member counties work together using consumer research and professional marketing expertise to develop an integrated cooperative marketing and advertising program that allows for partnerships with the region’s tourism businesses and attractions. Working together and leveraging resources allows all members, and even the smallest private sector marketing partners, to have presence in media and markets that would not be possible without NITDC’s regional buying clout.

Visit South Bend Mishawaka

Here's your guide to fun in South Bend and Mishawaka! Learn about things to do, places to eat, where to stay, and how to plan a visit.
Visit South Bend Mishawaka

Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

See why visitors say the fun starts ... and never stops here in southwest Michigan. Day after day, you'll have a great time with your family, friends or on your own in and around the great state of Michigan.
Visit Southwest Michigan

Elkhart County CVB

Your personal guide to must-see attractions, special finds and behind-the-scenes glimpses of Elkhart County. Traveling along lively Main Streets and scenic back roads you'll find surprises at every turn. Visit Elkhart County

Indiana Regional

Cities Initiative

Our Region is one of three communities in Indiana that was awarded a $42 M grant which is being used to fund quality of place projects that support our unique national brand, positioning the region as a talent destination. Learn More.

Marshall County CVB

Marshall County is loaded with possibilities for visitors seeking everything from pristine waters perfect for sailing and fishing to historic museums and more!
Visit Marshall County

Main Street America

Main Street America protects the historic character of cities and towns across the country by partnering with organizations and leaders at the local, state, and national level. Their approach is comprehensive, inclusive, place-based and people-focused. Learn More.

A strong focus on the vibrancy and image of our urban cores is spurring economic revitalization across the region. The following communities have embraced the Main Street program (or other initiatives to support the revitalization efforts built around each community’s unique heritage and attributes.

St. Joseph County, Indiana

Elkhart County, Indiana

Marshall County, Indiana

Southwest Michigan