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TRAIL BLAZERS From Riesling to rhubarb pie, five unique ways to explore food and culture in Indiana. BY JENNIFER UHL 1 INDIANA TENDERLOIN TRAIL One trail, 27 reasons to ditch your skinny jeans. Although some tenderloins can be thick and grilled, most eateries along this route stick to tradition with slabs of meat that are pancake-flat, breaded, fried and bigger than your head, all on a bun that looks comically small in comparison. indianafoodways.com (IN)

2 PETE DYE GOLF TRAIL We can’t promise you’ll land an elusive eagle at one of Dye’s courses, but you still might enjoy the views—even while digging yourself out of the bunker. Indiana claims more Dye-designed courses than anywhere, and the seven here include some decidedly Hoosier features, with a course inside and adjacent to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and another just a bounce pass away from Larry Bird’s childhood home in French Lick. petedyegolftrail.com (N) (W) (C ) (S) 3 INDIANA GLASS TRAIL If you’ve ever used a Ball jar, you’ve experienced a bit of Hoosier glass history that dates back to the late 19th century in Howard County. On this trail, meet artisans and visit galleries, museums and historic sites that prove the art of glass-making in Indiana is hotter and more colorful than ever. Get hands-on in a workshop where you can craft your own glass souvenir. indianaglasstrail.com (IN)

4 HOOSIER PIE TRAIL For those who always choose sweet over savory, the Hoosier Pie Trail is your dessert dream come true. You’ll come across plenty of sugar cream pie—Indiana’s official state pie since 2009—but these mom-and-pop eateries also dish out slices packed with fruit, chocolate, coconut and more. There’s a good reason this was named one of America’s Most Indulgent Food Trails by USA Today Travel. Getting your fix is as easy as, well, you know. indianafoodways.org

5 HEARTLAND ALE & WINE TRAIL This nine-stop trail from Eastern Indiana into Ohio caters to craft-beer fans as well as oenophiles. All sites are family owned, which means the person pouring your Cabernet is a firsthand expert at setting up a flight that’ll tickle your taste buds. Dry wines not your thing? Check out Wilson Wines’ sweet Traminette or Catawba. Most stops offer small bites, but reserve lunch for the Norris English Pub, and order the fish ‘n’ chips with your Hop Momma IPA. visitrichmond.org (E)

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