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Michigan City

Travel Guide

This lakeside town, just one hour from Chicago, features miles of beach, beautiful lighthouses and a variety of tasty fruit farms.

Michigan City is a small, rural town where Chicago locals go to relax. Lounge on the lake, hike the dunes and enjoy the fresh produce of the area’s farms.

Spend a day at Washington Park which features several miles of sandy beach along Lake Michigan. The sand here is nicknamed “singing sand” after the high-pitched whine it makes blowing off the dunes. Come by the park in the evening to watch the sun set on the water. There is a parking fee.

Walk along the pier out to the old lighthouse which rests 40 feet (12 meters) above the water. Known as Old Michigan City Light, this is one of the oldest lighthouses in Indiana. Climb to the top for a wide panorama of the coastline and the town.

Head to the beach on the northwest side of town to climb Mount Baldy, a wandering sand dune. This hulking mass of sand moves about 5 feet (1.5 meters) south every year.

Visit one of the many farms in the area to enjoy a range of fresh produce. Blueberry farms and apple orchards are located all around the area. Take a delicious daytrip traveling from one to the next and sampling the fruit. Go apple picking in an orchard to enjoy fruit just off the branch. Drop by a farmers market, which is held on the main square in town, to taste some of the area’s other products.

Most tourists come to Michigan City during the summer to tan on the beach but Michigan city is a delightful destination year-round. In fall the weather is mild and the trees are at their most vibrant and in the winter, Lake Michigan freezes over making a beautiful winter panorama.

Michigan City can be reached by car, bus or train from Chicago. The city has a local bus service but to see the surrounding countryside, it is best to have access to a car.

Baymont by Wyndham Michigan City
Baymont by Wyndham Michigan City
2.5 out of 5
4128 South Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £62 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in the heart of Michigan City, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Blue Chip Casino and Indiana ...
3.3/5 (923 reviews)
"patio door"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Michigan City
Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
3.5 out of 5
777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN
The price is £103 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Washington Park Beach and Blue Chip Casino. Indiana Dunes National Park is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,168 reviews)
"Everything was good"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Michigan City, IN
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Michigan City, IN
3 out of 5
3805 North Frontage Road, I-94 & Hwy 421, exit 34B, Michigan City, IN
The price is £85 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
Situated in Michigan City, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Franciscan Hospital and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Sisters of St Francis Health. Blue Chip Casino and ...
3.9/5Good! (982 reviews)
"The staff was very kind and welcoming. This hotel is very family friendly and I felt safe at all times. We were on the bottom floor with a family above us. We heard them every now and then but it was not as disruptive as other hotels I have been in. The pool was freezing and the hot tub was slightly ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Michigan City, IN
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beach 3 min Walk/hot Tub/steam Room/jacuzzi/game Room/pets/massage Chair/bikes
Beach 3 min Walk/hot Tub/steam Room/jacuzzi/game Room/pets/massage Chair/bikes
107 Shawmut Dr., Michigan City, IN
Nestled on the beach, this Michigan City apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Michigan, Blue Chip Casino and Indiana Dunes National Park. Stop 2 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (132 reviews)
Ideal Beach Location
"We had a wonderful visit. Neighborhood is quiet and scenic, beach is right out the backyard. Really beautiful and peaceful. Thanks!"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Beach 3 min Walk/hot Tub/steam Room/jacuzzi/game Room/pets/massage Chair/bikes
Modern Michigan City Cabin ~5 Miles to Beach!
Modern Michigan City Cabin ~5 Miles to Beach!
61 Tryon Farm Lane, Michigan City, IN
Located in Tryon Farm, this cabin is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Blue Chip Casino. International Friendship ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Relaxing retreat
"Loved our long weekend here at the cabin!! Very comfortable and quaint, close to awesome activities. Check out New Holland while you’re here!"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2021

Modern Michigan City Cabin ~5 Miles to Beach!
Beach Cottage Walk 800 ft. to Lake Michigan's Sheridan Beach NEW Listing
Beach Cottage Walk 800 ft. to Lake Michigan's Sheridan Beach NEW Listing
106 1/2 California, Michigan City, IN
Situated on the beach, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Michigan and within 3 miles (5 km) of Blue Chip Casino and Indiana Dunes National Park. Stop ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Fun girls get away
"fun town and great location to activities and the beach!"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2021

Beach Cottage Walk 800 ft. to Lake Michigan's Sheridan Beach NEW Listing
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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