Plan Your Visit

How to Get to the Indiana Dunes

Before you lose yourself in the beauty of the Indiana Dunes, you’re going to want to find us. We’re perfectly positioned to give you more getaway and less getting here. In fact, half of the population of the U.S. lives within a 12-hour drive. We’re in the northwest corner of Indiana at the southern tip of Lake Michigan, just 45 minutes from Chicago, right off major interstates and highways. Of course, finding us is easy. The hard part will be leaving.


Area and Community Maps

Prefer the classic feel of a paper map or are you simply looking for more detailed information on the many communities and areas within the Indiana Dunes area? We’ve got you covered with a thorough collection of downloadable maps to get you to your vacation faster.

Porter County 50 Mile Radius – Download Map
Valparaiso & Vicinity – Download Map
Portage & Vicinity – Download Map
Chesterton & Vicinity – Download Map
Indiana Dunes Distance Map – Download Map
National Park Services Map – Download Map

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Create the Perfect Vacation

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Start your trip at the Visitor Center and chat with our destination ambassadors. From activities and attractions to dining and shopping, they’ll help you curate the perfect vacation itinerary.

Digital Guides

Get immediate access to detailed information based on your interests, and start planning your vacation to the Indiana Dunes area today.

Save with Dunes Deals

Shake off the sand south of the Indiana Dunes! Dig up real savings with Indiana Dunes Deals and make the most of your vacation. Discounts ranging from a free scoop of ice cream to savings on…

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Hotels & Inns

A convenient stay located near downtown? What about a country retreat heaped in Old World charm? Or…

Escape the Daily Grind

Tour the county on our Coffee & Sweets Trail. You'll experience Indiana Dunes-themed drinks like the Cowles Bog matcha latte and the lavender-flavored Diana of the Dunes drink. Sign up and…

Tales from the Dunes

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds Gracing the Sky

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October is loud and raucous on the Kankakee Sands prairie. It can also be dark and ominous. In the early morning, you can hear them long before you see them. Off in the distance is a lone tree…

Just Like Kankakee Sands, You'll Be Golden!

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It’s all too easy to overlook things, isn’t it? As we move so quickly from place to place, from task to task, we often miss the nuances and details that make life so interesting…

More Things to See & Do

Dunes Deals

Shake off the sand south of the Indiana Dunes! Dig up real savings with Indiana Dunes Deals and make the most of…

Pet Friendly

There’s a reason Indiana Dunes National Park was named the #1 pet-friendly attraction in the state of Indiana…