Plan Your Visit

Welcome to the Indiana Dunes

There is so much to see and do in the Indiana Dunes, it may be hard to know where to start. Here are some tools to help you make the most of your Indiana Dunes adventure. No matter what you choose to explore, we know you're about to have an unforgettable experience in one of nature's masterpieces.

Tools for 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.

Finding Your Way

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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Save Throughout the Dunes

Our Dunes Deals digital coupon book will help you make the most of your vacation. Discounts ranging from a free scoop of ice cream to savings on activities are like finding buried treasure.

Book a Place to Stay

Hotels & Inns

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



Visit with Care

Tales from the Dunes

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Plants and Wildlife

Spotlight on Wetlands and the Virginia Rail

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Spring has sprung and that means our Kankakee Sands wetlands are teeming with activity. The Kankakee Sands Bird Viewing Area on the west side of US 41 is a particular fan favorite right now…

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…