Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-A Perfect RV Getaway

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Wouldn’t it be nice to lie on the beach, enjoy great RV camping and really get to know the region, all in the same vacation? We think it would, so we’ve put together all you need to start planning a trip to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A Northern Indiana treasure, Indiana Dunes combines regional flavor and casual beach pleasures in one enormous RV camping destination.

What can we say first about this premier Lake Michigan attraction? How to get there is a good start! The National Lakeshore lies between Gary, Indiana on the west and Michigan City, Indiana on the east, and is roughly fifty miles from Chicago. For quick interstate travel to reach the beach, I-80/90 is the best east/west route. Once you’re there, you can access all areas of the Lakeshore from Indiana State Highway 12.

Now, to the reasons this will become one of your favorite motorhome camping destinations. Attractions you’ll surely want to spend time exploring include the following:

  • Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm – this historic landmark was once home to the first non-native resident in the region (and they still make their own maple syrup!)
  • Indiana Dunes State Park – adjacent to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a bonus-a two thousand acre state park on Michigan’s south shore boasting three miles of pristine beach and plenty of RV campsites.
  • Ly-Co-Ki-We Trail (PDF) – take the family on a memorable hike on loops of varying lengths, all offering the chance to learn more about the beauty of Lake Michigan’s windswept shoreline.
  • Mount Baldy – a natural wonder, this ever-moving twelve story sand dune will fascinate as you take the trail to the summit.
  • Northern Indiana Art and Earth Trail – seven scenic loops have been mapped to take you to regional attractions such as blueberry farms, farmer’s markets, and arts centers. Whether your tastes run to Amish handicrafts or the eclectic art of Winona Lake, you’ll find more than enough to enjoy on the Art and Earth Trail.
  • West Beach – located at the southern-most tip of Lake Michigan, West Beach is the only one of eight Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beaches protected by lifeguards. Spend the day swimming in the lake, exploring the dunes or simply soaking up the sun at this classic summer attraction.

One more incentive to visit is the abundant availability of RV campgrounds. If you’re not camping at the National Lakeshore or State Park, try Sand Creek Campground at Chesterton, right in the heart of the Dunes. The family will also love Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground at Portage, Indiana, just south of the lakeshore.

There’s still time to unwind at the beach, and there’s no better place than Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Pack your swimsuit, pick up an affordable RV rental at our Chicago El Monte RV Rentals location and get ready for some later summer fun!

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