In fact, if you are looking to visit Chicago, this base camp might offer the best of both worlds–a remote, natural setting with easy access to one of our country’s most dynamic cities.
Indiana Dunes State Park is also a great alternative to camping at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Dunewood Campground) just up the road. Dunewood Campground only has primitive sites and they are all first come/first serve. At Indiana Dunes State Park, you are just minutes away from the National Lakeshore and you can reserve electric sites–even 50 amp!!!–in advance. Plus the state park is open year round.
Melissa and Matthew rave about the facilities at this campground, noting that the comfort stations are spacious, clean, and recently renovated. They also rave about the paved roads, spacious sites, and ample opportunities to enjoy ranger led programs while camping here. Indiana Dunes State Park regularly hosts theme weekends including vintage camper rallies and birding festivals. If you are planning a visit, make sure to check the schedule and see if there is an upcoming event you would enjoy.
Melissa and Matthew had a fantastic time with their kids, exploring Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and the surrounding region. Here are link to the activities and sites mentioned in this episode:
- Mount Baldy Ranger-Led Hike (a big highlight!!!)
- Michigan City Old 1858 Lighthouse Museum
- Taltree Arboretum
- Chesterton European Market
- 49er Drive In
Melissa and Matthew also have some great insider tips for booking the best campsite and some recommendations for how this amazing state park could take it up just a notch more on the awesome meter. Listen to hear why you should book a site at the Indiana Dunes State Park if you are traveling through the Chicago area.
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