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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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Hampton Inn Portage

Enjoy the spacious rooms and scenic views at this friendly, accommodating hotel. As with all Hampton Inn hotels, the staff strives to provide you…

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Quality Inn – Chesterton

Conveniently located, Quality Inn provides comfortable accommodations and good value.

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Comfort Inn & Suites – Porter

Relax and unwind in the warm, welcoming aura of this Porter hotel. Located only a few miles from the Indiana Dunes and just off I-94, it’s the…

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Sand Creek Campground

This peaceful, family-oriented campground is just minutes from the Indiana Dunes State Park and offers everything a camper could want. Full electric…

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Hampton Inn & Suites Valparaiso

At this Hampton Inn & Suites—the very first prototype ever built for Hilton Hotels—the staff and management are passionate about taking care of…

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Portage

Enjoy the comforts of home at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, located just 10 minutes from the Indiana Dunes. This charming hotel has plenty of…

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Dunewood Campground

Just over a mile south of Lake Michigan, this campground has 67 reservable wooded sites near the South Shore Train’s Beverly Shores Station.…

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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.