Michigan City, IN

Travel Guide
Michigan City
This lakeside town, just one hour from Chicago, features miles of beach, beautiful lighthouses and a variety of tasty fruit farms.

Michigan City is a small, rural town where Chicago locals go to relax. Lounge on the lake, hike the dunes and enjoy the fresh produce of the area’s farms.

Spend a day at Washington Park which features several miles of sandy beach along Lake Michigan. The sand here is nicknamed “singing sand” after the high-pitched whine it makes blowing off the dunes. Come by the park in the evening to watch the sun set on the water. There is a parking fee.

Walk along the pier out to the old lighthouse which rests 40 feet (12 meters) above the water. Known as Old Michigan City Light, this is one of the oldest lighthouses in Indiana. Climb to the top for a wide panorama of the coastline and the town.

Head to the beach on the northwest side of town to climb Mount Baldy, a wandering sand dune. This hulking mass of sand moves about 5 feet (1.5 meters) south every year.

Visit one of the many farms in the area to enjoy a range of fresh produce. Blueberry farms and apple orchards are located all around the area. Take a delicious daytrip traveling from one to the next and sampling the fruit. Go apple picking in an orchard to enjoy fruit just off the branch. Drop by a farmers market, which is held on the main square in town, to taste some of the area’s other products.

Most tourists come to Michigan City during the summer to tan on the beach but Michigan city is a delightful destination year-round. In fall the weather is mild and the trees are at their most vibrant and in the winter, Lake Michigan freezes over making a beautiful winter panorama.

Michigan City can be reached by car, bus or train from Chicago. The city has a local bus service but to see the surrounding countryside, it is best to have access to a car.

Where to stay in Michigan City

Baymont by Wyndham Michigan City
Baymont by Wyndham Michigan City
2.5 out of 5
4128 South Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN, 46360
The price is $76 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Michigan City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
3.3/5 (970 reviews)
"Could have been more updated"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Michigan City
Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
3.5 out of 5
777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN, 46360
The price is $136 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Michigan City. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"We enjoyed there were smoking rooms offered."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Michigan City
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Michigan City
2 out of 5
9834 W 400 N, Michigan City, IN, 46360
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $94 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Michigan City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (974 reviews)
"Nice staff.and clean"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Michigan City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Treehouse Bungalow- Quaint and Cozy Getaway!
Treehouse Bungalow- Quaint and Cozy Getaway!
Michigan City, IN
The price is $199 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this cottage in Michigan City. Enjoy WiFi, a garden, and a patio. Popular attractions Blue Chip Casino and Barker Mansion are located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
It was a nice relaxing weekend
"The shower was a little difficult. No place to put your soap or shampoo."

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Treehouse Bungalow- Quaint and Cozy Getaway!
BEACH 3 min walk/HOT TUB/STEAM ROOM/JACUZZI/GAME ROOM/PETS/MASSAGE CHAIRIR/BIKES
BEACH 3 min walk/HOT TUB/STEAM ROOM/JACUZZI/GAME ROOM/PETS/MASSAGE CHAIRIR/BIKES
Michigan City, IN
Stay at this beach apartment in Michigan City. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a water park. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (168 reviews)
A hidden gem
"The lake views from the house/deck are stunning. Loved that the property was dog friendly. Our 15 year old son enjoyed the hot tub and we loved the deck. Beach access was a little dicey (sand is HOT!) but it’s essentially walkable and direct. No frills in terms of amenities but everything was adequate. ..."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

BEACH 3 min walk/HOT TUB/STEAM ROOM/JACUZZI/GAME ROOM/PETS/MASSAGE CHAIRIR/BIKES
HOT TUB/3 minute walk to Beach/STEAM ROOM/FIREPLACE/BIKES
HOT TUB/3 minute walk to Beach/STEAM ROOM/FIREPLACE/BIKES
Michigan City, IN
The price is $200 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this apartment in Michigan City. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and a sauna. Popular attractions Blue Chip Casino and Sheridan Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (33 reviews)
Cottage pros and cons
"It really is meant for just two people, they aren't kidding. A few suggestions would be for them to get a better bed. It is a sofa bed and not a very good one. The hot tub was off by itself but I wouldn't really say private. We never got in so I can't contest to the quality. Parking is tight. For ..."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

HOT TUB/3 minute walk to Beach/STEAM ROOM/FIREPLACE/BIKES
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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