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Can You Handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have what it takes to climb the three highest sand dunes in Indiana? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you. To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must run or hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson…

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Discover the Top 15 Indiana Dunes Hiking Trails

Discover the Top 15 Indiana Dunes Hiking Trails Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll through the woods or a calorie-burning hike up steep dunes, the Indiana Dunes area has the perfect hiking trail for you. The Indiana Dunes National and State Parks have a combined 70 miles of trails…

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Paul's Adventures in the Indiana Dunes

Hike, bike, paddle, bird, and fish at the Indiana Dunes! Local adventurer Paul Osborn can show you some of the many adventures just waiting to be discovered. Paul starts his adventure at the Visitor Center, the crossroads of Indiana Dunes Country. You can rent a bike right here in the parking lot…

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Year-Round Outdoor Adventures

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, look no further than the Indiana Dunes. No matter the season, adventures are waiting around every corner for you to discover. Hiking Whether you stroll leisurely along the incredible shoreline or take a heartier hike through the extensive variety of…

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Going Beyond the Beach at the Indiana Dunes

Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes and its surrounding areas make it the perfect destination for a day, weekend, or weeklong getaway. The Indiana Dunes has one of the nation’s five best beaches for family fun—and the only one not on an ocean. Its 15 miles of…

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Two-day Group Itinerary in the Indiana Dunes

What to do when you have 18 people, 2 days, and want to see as much as possible in the Indiana Dunes? You do what the Brand USA MegaFam Tour did and follow our group itinerary. These 18 travel agents toured the dunes and Valparaiso before continuing to Chicago. But why tell you when we can show you…

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Doing the Dunes: Family Hikes in Indiana Dunes

Every summer my family of four travels the Midwest in search of adventure. Last summer, while on our traditional summer weeklong trip to the Indiana Dunes area, I stumbled upon something new. Uncharted territory. A new adventure. Family, I have a plan! But this is not a shiny new attraction. It was…

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Side by Side—A History of Sand and Steel

The Indiana Dunes is a 2,000-acre state park surrounded by an even larger national park, encompassing 15,000 acres (17 miles) of beaches, prairies, wetlands, savannas, and forests. The dunes, which are essentially massive mounds of sand reaching nearly 200 feet high, were formed when glaciers passed…

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