Trip Idea

Go Beyond the Beach in Northern Indiana

Discover natural and cultural treasures in the Dunes Region.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Outdoor Rec & Sports, Art & Culture

Region: North

Destinations Included: Indiana Dunes State Park , Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Duration: 2-3 days

About this trip idea

Allow 2-3 days. 

Nestled along the coast of Lake Michigan, Indiana offers 24 miles of sandy beaches. Explore the beach, then, discover everything else there is to see and do beyond the beach on the Beyond the Beach Discover Trail .

The Adventure Begins
Mt. Tom at Indiana Dunes State Park is located along State Park trails 4 and 8. Towering 192 feet above Lake Michigan, Mt. Tom is the tallest sand dune in Indiana. In the warmer months, camp and spend days exploring the park. During the winter, sled or cross-country ski along the hiking trails.

In the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore wander the trail through marshes, oak savanna and dunes at Cowles Bog . You can bird watch and see unique plant communities, or after a heavy lake effect snow, hit the trails for an invigorating cross-country ski.

Head to West Beach and explore the best of both worlds - the beach and inland forests. Hike the nearly one-mile succession trail that leads from the beach, by intermittent ponds, over dunes and through the woods.

At the Bailly-Chellberg Homestead & Farm , explore on your own or arrange a guided tour to view spring wildflowers and the Mnoke prairie. Located in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the homestead building have been beautifully restored and are open to the public during festivals, demonstrations and ranger-guided tours. Two of the more popular festivals here are the Maple Sugar Time Festival in March and Duneland Heritage Days in September.

Next, head to Beverly Shores' Lake Front Drive to see the Century of Progress Homes . Only viewable from the street, these five homes where showcased in the 1933 Chicago's World Fair. Afterwards, stop in at the Depot of Beverly Museum and Art Gallery . This 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival-style train station serves as one of the stops along The South Shore Line between Chicago and South Bend. The station also houses the area's history museum and local artists' works.

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Indiana Dunes State Park


Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore


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