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The southern shores of Lake Michigan consist of a stunning dune landscape, which is ideal for hiking, camping, bird-watching, picnicking and swimming.

Explore the ancient landscapes of Indiana Dunes State Park, bound on the northwest by pristine Lake Michigan. Formed after the lake’s water levels dropped at the end of the Ice Age, the region’s dunes have slowly shifted and grown over with lush vegetation. The nature reserve consists of 2,182 acres (883 hectares) of extraordinary sand dunes and unique geology, making it an unrivaled destination for recreation and nature experiences in the state.

A great way to start your exploration of Indiana Dunes State Park is with a visit to the reserve’s Nature Center. Look through the center’s wildlife observation windows and learn about the region’s vegetation with the help of interpretive displays. The dunes’ intriguing formation over thousands of years has meant that ancient vegetation is sometimes revealed when the dunes shift.

Check out the Beach House Blowout, the Furnessville Blowout or the Big Blowout, which shows the old tree stumps of primeval forests. Learn about the Potawatomi and Miami Native American people who traveled over the dunes as part of their traditional trade routes.

Birdwatchers will delight in the park’s observation towers. Spot wetland species from an observation tower overlooking marshland or climb the platform near the summit of Mount Tom. From here, you can see all the way to Chicago, as well as Gary, Indiana, on a clear day.

Explore 16 miles (26 kilometers) of hiking trails, which showcase the park’s different ecosystems and historic structures. Picnic shelters are available at several sites in the park.

If the weather is warm, enjoy a refreshing swim in Lake Michigan. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, lifeguards patrol this beach on weekends. Stop at the beachside concession stand for last-minute snacks and supplies. Fish for smelt along the lakeshore.

Indiana Dunes State Park is located on the state’s northwestern border. It is about 160 miles (260 kilometers) from Indianapolis and 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Chicago, Illinois. The park is open daily and charges a fee for entry and campsite reservations.

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Waterbird Lakeside Inn
Waterbird Lakeside Inn
2 out of 5
556 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton, IN
The price is £65 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve and Indiana Dunes National ...
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Spring House Inn
Spring House Inn
2.5 out of 5
303 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN
The price is £73 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chellberg Farm, Indiana Dunes National Park and Bailly Homestead - American Indians and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (416 reviews)
"Enjoyed the woods in the back. Sauna and pool were nice. Lower level was not accessible (no elevator) and a little musty"

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Best Western Indian Oak
Best Western Indian Oak
2.5 out of 5
558 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton, IN
The price is £76 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve and Indiana Dunes ...
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"No elevator I wish they’d tell you that. Staff very nice and good suggestions on area"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2021

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Fairbridge Inn Express Chesterton
Fairbridge Inn Express Chesterton
2 out of 5
713 Plaza Dr., Chesterton, IN
The price is £47 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
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Waterbird Lakeside Inn
2 out of 5
556 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton, IN
The price is £65 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
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2.5 out of 5
303 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN
The price is £73 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
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Best Western Indian Oak
2.5 out of 5
558 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton, IN
The price is £76 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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Quality Inn
2.5 out of 5
418 Council Road, Chesterton, IN
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Comfort Inn & Suites Near Indiana Dunes State Park
2.5 out of 5
1800 West US Highway 20, Porter, IN
The price is £72 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
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Sweet Home in Chesterton
130 E Indiana Ave, Chesterton, IN
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Hilton Garden Inn Chesterton
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501 Gateway Boulevard, Chesterton, IN
The price is £82 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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