There probably isn’t a single more photographed landmark in The Bend than Notre Dame’s iconic Golden Dome. It’s a can’t-miss attraction for those looking to snap a buzzworthy photo.
But the Instagram-worthy visuals don’t stop there. Here are six spots sure to earn a double tap from your followers. When you’re out capturing different monuments and moments, make sure to tag @visitsouthbend and use the hashtag #OnlyinTheBend.
Notre Dame’s Campus
We already mentioned the Golden Dome, which is sure to draw your attention. Yet that’s just one potential stop on one of the world’s most renowned college campuses.
Other must-see landmarks include the “Word of Life” mural (commonly known as Touchdown Jesus), the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto. If you’re a sports fan, add Notre Dame Stadium to the list for good measure.
I Heart SB
When in downtown South Bend, you’re likely to stroll by this sign. It’s difficult not to stop and snap a photo to commemorate your time visit.
South Bend River Lights
Few things in The Bend are more picturesque than South Bend’s River Lights, which come to life after dark. These interactive lights wash over the St. Joseph River with many different colors. Sometimes they’re even themed for holidays and specific events.
The River Lights are best viewed from Seitz Park (currently closed for construction), Colfax Bridge, Island Park and Pier Park. We recommend parking in downtown South Bend and taking a walk to find your favorite vantage point.
A traditional Japanese strolling garden in Mishawaka, Shiojiri Niwa bursts to life in the spring. It’s tranquility is unmatched, but it’s the landscaping and blooms on different plants that will capture the attention of your camera lens.
Mishawaka River Walk
There are several different ways to interact with the St. Joseph River around The Bend. Mishawaka offers some of the best at its Riverwalk. It connects several city parks and features sweeping views of the river, plus public art.
Potato Creek State Park
There’s no shortage of city, state and county parks to choose from around The Bend. Potato Creek State Park, however, stands out from the crowd. Its opportunities for exploration feel boundless, whether you want to hop in a kayak and glide through Worster Lake or meander down a trail. It’s a great place to escape into the outdoors.
Known mostly as a pumpkin patch in the fall (which is Instagrammable in its own right), Thistleberry has something else going on in the summer — a huge sunflower field. Head there in mid-July for a scroll-stopping photo.