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Michigan City, IN
Travel Guide

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.

Baymont by Wyndham Michigan City
Baymont by Wyndham Michigan City
2.5 out of 5
4128 South Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN
The price is $60 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in the heart of Michigan City, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets and within 6 mi (10 km) of Blue Chip Casino and Indiana ...
3.3/5 (947 reviews)
"The beds were very comfortable. Slept great."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $127 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Washington Park Beach and Blue Chip Casino. Indiana Dunes National Park is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,156 reviews)
"The room was clean and had a nice view of Lake Michigan. We were hoping to use the hot tub, but it's still closed due to Covid. I think given the current situation it's safe to open the pool, but the hotel may not want the liability and maintenance costs. The casino was fun, but looking forward to ..."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Michigan City, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Michigan City, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
401 Kieffer Rd, Michigan City, IN
The price is $118 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in Michigan City, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Franciscan Hospital and within 6 mi (10 km) of Blue Chip Casino and Indiana Dunes National Park. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (151 reviews)
"Extremely clean with nice and spacious rooms. Hot breakfast was just reinstated and was excellent. Very close to the highway and convenient to shopping and restaurants. I will definitely stay at this property again when we return."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Michigan City, an IHG Hotel
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.
Beach "3 Minute Walk" /private HOT Tub/steam Room//fireplace/bikes
Beach "3 Minute Walk" /private HOT Tub/steam Room//fireplace/bikes
Michigan City, IN
The price is $200 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated on a lake, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Michigan and Blue Chip Casino. Indiana Dunes National Park is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (20 reviews)
Amazing location!
"My partner and I stayed May 20-23. The studio apartment had everything we needed— we loved the grill. The hot tub is huge and amazing. We liked stargazing from the tub in the evening. The walk to the beach is so pretty and fast — literally 3-5 minutes through a sandy dirt path. We thought we’d try ..."

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Beach "3 Minute Walk" /private HOT Tub/steam Room//fireplace/bikes
Beach 3 min Walk/hot Tub/steam Room/jacuzzi/game Room/pets/massage Chair/bikes
Beach 3 min Walk/hot Tub/steam Room/jacuzzi/game Room/pets/massage Chair/bikes
Michigan City, IN
Nestled on the beach, this Michigan City apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Michigan, Blue Chip Casino, and Indiana Dunes National Park. Stop 2 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)
Perfect Getaway
"I am an extremely particular, high maintenance guest and I enthusiastically recommend these accommodations. The amenities were amazing, the view from that deck is unsurpassed, and you are quietly nestled away from everything in what feels like your own private beach. It was relaxing, restful, and ..."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Beach 3 min Walk/hot Tub/steam Room/jacuzzi/game Room/pets/massage Chair/bikes
Entire Lake House
Entire Lake House
Michigan City, IN
The price is $450 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in the heart of Michigan City, this golf vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Michigan, Michiana Beach, and Duneland Beach. Ambler Flatwoods Nature ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Cozy & comfortable home away from home!
"This home is charming & welcoming! Slept our group comfortably & had a cozy sitting room for gathering. So happy we stayed here!"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Entire Lake House
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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