Indiana Dunes Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Indiana Dunes Trip Guide

This 15 miles of Lake Michigan coastline, just one hour southeast of Chicago, feature towering sand dunes. Nearby Chesterton offers dining and lodging, but the attraction is the shore for swimming, hiking, biking and bird-watching.
Indiana Dunes State Park. Photo Courtesy of Indiana Dunes Tourism.
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Indiana Dunes State Park.
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What to do

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Nature-lovers comb hiking trails, sandy beaches, swamps and bogs—all right next to Indiana Dunes State Park. Historical homes, such as the 19th-century Chellberg home, are open during ranger-led tours. (219) 395-1882;

Indiana Dunes State Park Explore a beautiful landscape that includes a clean, pretty swimming beach; dunes that reach nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan; a Nature Center; and 16-plus miles of trails that lead through a remarkable collection of some of the Midwest's most diverse plant communities and wildlife habitat. (219) 926-1952;

Where to eat

Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill and Tavern On US-12 (20 miles north of Valparaiso), a retro tavern serves upscale pub fare. Try the mac ’n’ cheese. (219) 879-3081;

Octave Grill This Chesterton restaurant serves up creative burgers—aioli, goat cheese, mushrooms and onion rings top a beef patty and the ciabatta bun of the Clawhammer—and stuffed-pepper soup. (219) 395-8494;

Where to stay

Dunes Walk Inn A restored 1881 mansion in Chesterton is now a lovely inn. Five guest rooms feature high ceilings, hardwood floors and kitchenettes. (219) 728-6393;

For information: Indiana Dunes Tourism (800) 283-8687;

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