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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.

Featured Accommodations

Vacation Homes

Waterbird Lakeside Inn

Waterbird Lakeside Inn is the perfect setting for relaxation. Offering guest rooms with private balconies, enjoy the scenery of their 60 acres of…

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Pikk’s Tavern & Inn

This one-of-a-kind restaurant and inn, built to resemble a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse, blends old and new in an eclectic atmosphere. All their…

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Valparaiso

This all-non-smoking hotel offers modern luxury and spectacular customer service at a surprisingly affordable price. Located in the Indiana Dunes…

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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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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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Best Western Plus Portage Hotel & Suites

Located near Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks, this accommodation offers a wonderful selection of amenities, 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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Locals Love

Top 10 Indiana Dunes Outdoor Dining Experiences

The top 10 outdoor dining experiences locals love in the Indiana Dunes.

Wildlife

Is That a Viceroy or a Monarch?

A native plant expert explains the subtle differences between monarchs and viceroys that can help you identify one from the other in the field.   

Beaches

Which Indiana Dunes Beach Should You Visit?

Thinking about visiting the Indiana Dunes and wondering which beach you should visit? This guide will help you decide!

Wildlife

The Upside-Down Bird With the Strange Song

Bobolinks have color unlike most birds and have a strange, metallic sounding song.

Things to Do

Mask-Uerade Video Contest

Take a photo or video of yourself or someone you know wearing a mask outside in Porter County and be entered to win prizes!

Visitor Center

Our Hoosier Hospitality Promise

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center has taken the Hoosier Hospitality Promise to help keep our staff and visitors safe and healthy.