June 6-11 2021 Soak up the sun with Indiana Dunes

From the shore to South Bend!

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  • 395 mi
  • $121
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Created by jmossroadtrips - April 5th 2019

One thing that makes the Great Lakes so great is the beaches. Sandy bluffs rolling down to sparkling blue fresh water make for endless fun, whether you're looking to swim, hike, build sandcastles, or just lay out a beach towel and relax. The newly designated Indiana Dunes National Park along Lake Michigan is one of the most perfect stretches of beachfront in the whole Midwest. Take this scenic cruise from the very Northwestern edge of the state, and end in South Bend for good measure. It's an utterly underrated but absolutely perfect weekend trip!

Noblesville, Indiana, United States

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63mi 01h 13m
Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum
4.0

200 Battleground Ave, Battle Ground, IN, US

Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum

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0mi 00h 02m
Prophet's Rock
4.0

5910 Prophets Rock Rd, Battle Ground, IN, US

Prophet's Rock

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79mi 01h 17m
Albanese Confectionery
4.5

5441 E Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville, IN, US

Albanese Confectionery

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5mi 00h 11m
Forest Hill Park
5.0
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15mi 00h 27m
Marquette Beach
4.2

Oak Ave, Gary, IN, US

Marquette Beach

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After snagging a photo or two at Michael Jackson's family home, it's time to kick things into gear with a stop at Marquette Beach, also in Gary. The beach lies within a 241-acre park that offers 1.4 miles of Lake Michigan beaches, inland ponds, dunes and more. Pay attention to the two historic Prairie School structures--the stately Recreation Pavilion built in 1924 and the Gary Bathing Beach Pavilion "Aquatorium," built as a bathhouse in 1922. The Aquatorium honors Octave Chanute. He is considered to be the grandfather of flight, and of the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneers who spearheaded the integration of the armed forces.

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7mi 00h 15m
Portage Lakefront And Riverwalk
4.4

Riverwalk Drive, Portage, IN, US

Portage Lakefront And Riverwalk

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Continue your relaxing trip with a stop at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, which offers one-of-a-kind views of the majestic Lake Michigan. This once-industrial stretch of shore has recently been restored to its beautiful natural state. Take a slow stroll on the pier and watch as the boats come in and out from sea or catch the sunset to make your evening more special. You can even see the Chicago skyline on a clear day. Thirty minutes is all you need to melt the stress away. Watch the birds, fish in the water, do some meditating... whatever makes you feel relaxed!

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2mi 00h 09m
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7mi 00h 15m
Yesterday's Treasures Antique Mall
4.5

700 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, US

Yesterday's Treasures Antique Mall

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0mi 00h 03m
Albano's Pasta Shop & Restaurant
5.0

119 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN, US

Albano's Pasta Shop & Restaurant

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1mi 00h 04m

1599 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN, US

Kathy's Antique Shop

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5mi 00h 09m
Indiana Dunes Campground
4.5

1600 N County Road 25 E, Chesterton, IN, US

Indiana Dunes Campground

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14mi 00h 23m

503 N Carroll Av, Michigan City, IN, United States

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1mi 00h 05m

114 E 11th St, Michigan City, IN, US

South Shore: 11th St

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1mi 00h 05m
Bridges Waterside Grille
3.9

508 E 2nd St, Michigan City, IN, US

Bridges Waterside Grille

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1mi 00h 07m
Lighthouse & Pier
4.5

1 Washington St, Michigan City, IN, US

Lighthouse & Pier

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0mi 00h 02m
The Old Lighthouse Museum
3.9

100 Heisman Harbor Road, Michigan City, IN, US

The Old Lighthouse Museum

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12mi 00h 20m
Dune Park South Shore Train Station
3.3

33 E US Hwy 12, Chesterton, IN, US

Dune Park South Shore Train Station

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5mi 00h 08m
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
3.0

2401 Village Pt, Chesterton, IN, US

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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9mi 00h 13m

2400 Morthland Dr, Valparaiso, IN, US

Walmart Supercenter

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Who knew you could pack so much fun into a short weekend getaway or mini vacation? From the shore to South Bend, there’s plenty to help you get away from the stresses of modern-day life. Whether it’s taking a picture at Michael Jackson’s family home or soaking up the sun on Marquette Beach, this enjoyable adventure is one guaranteed to be repeated soon.

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