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American Road Trip — part two: Indiana and Kentucky

Thursday, October 28, 2010
This week, Clare, James, Katie and Matt, Getaway's four intrepid travellers continue their US journey and went from Illinois into Indiana.

Missed the first part of the American Road Trip? Catch up on last week's two Chicago adventures here:

Santa Claus, Indiana

Who could resist a town called Santa Claus? It was established in 1854 and in 1856, when it was known as Santa Fe and locals wanted a post office, it was refused as there was another Santa Fe in Indiana. The post office bears the name of Santa Claus and every year thousands of letters arrive from hopeful children who, of course, have been perfectly behaved. Volunteers known as Santa's Elves ensure each letter receives a reply, a tradition that's been around since 1914.

Santa Claus has around 2200 residents, most living in the gated community of Christmas Lake Village. The property is spread over 10 hectares around three Lakes — Christmas Lake, Holly Lake and Lake Noel. Street names are themed and attractions include Santa's Candy Castle, Santa Claus Museum, Frosty's Fun Center and Christmas Lake Golf Course. It's also home to Santa's Lodge and Lake Rudolph Campground.

In 1946 Louis J Koch opened Santa Claus Land which is claimed to be world's first theme park. The name was changed to Holiday World in 1984 and in 1993, a water park named Splashin' Safari was added. It's still owned and operated by the Koch family and attracts more than a million visitors a year. The Voyager is repeated voted the No.1 wooden roller-coaster in the world by roller-coaster enthusiasts.

There are in fact three roller-coasters and way too many exciting water, family and little children attractions to list. They also have a variety of live shows ranging from gospel and pop to country.

Lake Rudolph Campground

This is a family-orientated campground and RV resort. There are van and tent sites, excellent amenities and loads of pine trees. They provide lots of family entertainment, and over Halloween and Christmas there are so many lights they can probably seen from space. There's a pool, mini golf, fishing lake, paddleboats and kayaks for summer months.

Louisville Slugger Field, Kentucky

The baseball stadium holds more than 13,000 dyed-in-the-wool Slugger fans. Slugger is also a brand of bat that has 125 years of history. No other brand has logged more wins, captured more titles or set more records than the legendary Louisville Slugger. Way before Little League and the World Series, they were being perfected, and as the company says, "If you're serious about your game, you'll swing Slugger too."

When there aren't ball games being played, the field has some top-line artists performing. Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp have recently given concerts there.

Louisville Waterfront Fireworks

July 4 is a time of celebrating America's Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. It's summer and communities unite for barbecues, music and fireworks.

The people of Louisville celebrate for two days with a country night on July 4 and continuing with some serious celebrations the next day. There are baseball games, food markets, military bands and a stirring rendition of the national anthem.

Related gallery: Road trip part one: Chicago

Related gallery: Meet the road trippers!


Indiana and Kentucky in the US.


Holiday World is open from Monday to Saturday between 9am to 7pm. Entry is around $45 per person and if you want to return the next day, a ticket is around $23, purchased before you leave. It will open again in May 2011.

Prices correct at October 28, 2010.

For further information

Holiday World
452 E Christmas Boulevard
Santa Claus, Indiana 47579-6152
United States
Ph: +1 812 937 4401

Santa Claus Post Office
45 N Kringle Place
Santa Claus, Indiana 47579
United States

Frosty's Fun Center
91 W Christmas Boulevard
Santa Claus, Indiana 47579-6123
United States
Ph: +1 812 544 3338

Lake Rudolph Campground
78 N Holiday Boulevard
Santa Claus, Indiana 47579-8500
United States
Ph: +1 812 937 4470

Louisville Slugger Field
401 E Main Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
United States
Ph: +1 502 212 2287

Waterfront Development
129 E River Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Ph: + 502 574 3768

Visas: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine-readable passport with at least six months' validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at

Electricity: 110V to 115V at 60Hz. Outlets take two parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.

Time zone: Santa Claus is GMT -6 and Louisville is GMT -5.

Currency: The American dollar.

International dialling code: +1.

User comments
I love this segment. Mainly for Claire though, who is not only smart and wryly ironic but also HOT! Luv ya Claire!
Great trip in santa claus guys.. enjoying the roadtrip snippets on the show.. matt ur hot!!! Please bring back Cj and Courtney from the eruopean roadtrip would love to see them on the show again!! Love ya cj xx

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