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Destination Guides

A little planning can go a long way. That’s why we have a selection of free digital and printed guides to help you navigate your next Indiana Dunes getaway.

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Affordable Suites of America Portage

This fully furnished all-suite hotel near the Indiana Dunes provides the comfort and convenience that long-term travelers value most, including a…

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Best Western University Inn at Valparaiso

When you stay at Best Western University Inn, you'll be conveniently located near Valparaiso University and the Indiana Dunes. Make yourself at home…

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Indiana Dunes State Park Campground

Located less than a mile from the beach and within walking distance of the South Shore Rail Station, this campground is one of the most popular in…

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Days Inn by Wyndham Portage

Indiana Dunes visitors will find all of the amenities they need to enjoy the stones-throw-away sandy shores of the Indiana Dunes State and National…

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Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast Inn and Spa

Stay at one of Midwest Livings' 30 favorite bed and breakfasts, considered one of the finest romantic accommodations with artfully presented food in…

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Riley’s Railhouse Bed & Breakfast

Housed in a former New York Central style freight station, this railroad-themed bed & breakfast underwent extensive renovations and opened its doors…

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Hilton Garden Inn Chesterton

The Hilton Garden Inn, Chesterton offers a great location on the Coffee Creek Watershed near interstate 80-90 and interstate 94, just 6 miles from…

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Fairfield by Marriott

Welcome to the newly renovated Fairfield Inn and Suites, Valparaiso where they feature new guest rooms, lobby, and building exterior. The only…

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Do More in the Dunes

Hiking

A Diana of the Dunes Dare Field Trip

Wildlife

Dunes 101: Did you know?

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite fun facts about dunes environment, ecology, and history.

Birding

Chatty Little Grasshopper Sparrows

Places to Stay

Dunes 101: Where to Camp in the Indiana Dunes

Ranger Matt tells you the ins and outs of camping at the Indiana Dunes.

Visitor Center

Dunes 101: What are the Indiana Dunes?

Two park systems make up the Indiana Dunes—the National Park and State Park. Both have unique features that will keep you exploring for days!

Wildlife

Skunk Cabbage: The Smell of Spring

After a long gray Indiana winter, it’s a real joy to smell skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), one of Indiana’s native, fascinating flowers.