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Lafayette (Indiana)

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'''Lafayette''' [http://www.lafayette-in.com] is the county seat of Tippecanoe County, [[Central Indiana]]. It is located 2 hours Southeast of [[Chicago]] and 1 hour Northwest of [[Indianapolis]]. The Greater Lafayette metropolitan area consists of the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. The combined population is 85,000, not counting a seasonal student population of an additional 38,000. Neighboring West Lafayette is home to Purdue University, one of the midwest's finest institutions of higher learninga large, prestigious public university.
[[Image:LafayetteCourthouse.jpg|thumb|300px|Tippecanoe County Courthouse]]
==Get in==
 * Greyhound [http://www.greyhound.com/]. From [[Chicago]] , 3.5 hours.* Amtrak [http://www.amtrak.com]: Lafayette is on the Cardinal/Hoosier state line. Chicaco: 2From Chicago, 3.5 hours, $20.* Shuttle Bus from Chicago airport O'Hare Airport [http://www.expressaircoach.com/] 3 hours, $50.* [http://www.purdue.edu/AIRPORT/ Purdue Airport] does not carry commercial flights, but you can fly in with your own plane. * [http://www.indianapolisairport.com/ Indianapolis International Airport] is about a one hour drive South on I-65 from Lafayettedoes allow private landings.* [http://www.lafayettelimo.com/ Lafayette Limo] shuttle from Lafayette to the Indianapolis Airport, $25 one way, $45 round trip, around 1.5 hours.
==Get around==
The area is divided by the Wabash river. To the east of the river is Lafayette and to the west is West Lafayette. Lafayette is broken down into several neighborhoods. Starting at the river and heading East is Downtown. Here you will find numerous shops and restaurants as well as most of the museums and theaters. North of downtown is the Historical Centennial Neighborhood. South of downtown is the Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood. Most of the shopping and hotels are either Downtown or along one of the main arteries. State Rd 26 runs East and West bisecting both cities. State Rd 52 curves around the East side of town and crosses the river into the Northern side of West Lafayette. On State Rd 52 near the Southeast side of town you will find the Tippecanoe Mall. Interstate 65 marks the Eastern edge of Lafayette. From South to North there are 4 exits for Lafayette, St Rd 38, St Rd 26, St Rd 25, and St Rd 43 (for West Lafayette).
The John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge connects downtown Lafayette with West Lafayette. Starting at the river and heading west into West Lafayette is the Levee area and Wabash Landing. This area is fairly new with several shops, a multiplex theater, park, and outdoor ice skating rink. Continue west up the hill on State Rd. 26 to the Chauncey Hill and Village area. There you will find most of the college bars and several restaurants. Continue west on Hwy. 26 to pass through the main campus of Purdue University. To the North and East of Purdue is the main residential area of West Lafayette. * Bus [http://www.gocitybus.com/], There are 15 bus routes around the cities. Tickets are $1, 10 tokens for $7.50 (you can ask for one free transfer ticket), $28 for a calendar month pass, free for students and staff at Purdue. There is a free trolley bus going from downtown Lafayette to West Lafayette/Purdue and back every 15 minutes. Some bus lines do not run on weekends, in the summer, or anytime when classes are not in session; check schedules for details. Lafayette and the surroundings areas are suburban and relatively spread out; a private automobile is recommended.
* Bus [http://www.gocitybus.com/], There are 15 bus routes around the cities. Tickets are $1, 10 tokens for $7.50 (you can ask for one free transfer ticket), $28 for a calendar month pass, free for students and staff at Purdue. There is a free trolley bus going from downtown Lafayette to West Lafayette/Purdue and back every 15 minutes.
==See==
==Buy==
* [http://www.lafayettefarmersmarket.com/ Farmers market], 5th Street on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, and Thursday evenings from May to late October. Saturday markets feature a much larger set of vendors than the weekday markets.
*[http://vonscomics.wordpress.com/ Von's Records, Comics, Gifts, Books], 319-325 W. State St. West Lafayette, (765)-743-1915, 4 semi-separate stores but all next to each other and the place to find odd gifts, used books, comics, music, etc.
*JL Records, 380 Brown St., West Lafayette, Independent music store in the best sense of that tradition. Lots of hard to find vinyl and cds.
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