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Michigan CityUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Michigan City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
3.5 out of 5
777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN
The price is $88 per night

Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Stop 2 Beach, and Lake Michigan. Washington Park Zoo and Lighthouse ...

4/5Very Good! (1,167 reviews)

"Housekeeping can do better but overall it was ok. Could be a little bit cleaner"…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa
Hampton Inn & Suites Michigan City
Hampton Inn & Suites Michigan City
2.5 out of 5
3674 North Frontage Road, Michigan City, IN
The price is $101 per night

Situated in Michigan City, this beach hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Barker Mansion, Indiana Dunes National Park, and Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets. Lubeznik ...

4.4/5Excellent! (331 reviews)

"We had a good time. Staff was friendly and helpful. There were some limitations on pool and gym access due to covid-19, but was understandable."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Michigan City
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Michigan City, IN
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Michigan City, IN
3 out of 5
3805 North Frontage Road, I-94 & Hwy 421, exit 34B, Michigan City, IN
The price is $98 per night

Situated in Michigan City, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Barker Mansion, Indiana Dunes National Park, and Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets. Lubeznik Center ...

3.9/5Very Good! (921 reviews)

"The front was so nice, I tv went out, the lady at the front des"…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Michigan City, IN

Popular places to visit in Michigan City

Lake View Beach
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Lake View Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Lake View Beach during your trip to Beverly Shores? Wander the lakeside or discover the area's sunrises.

Washington Park Beach
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Washington Park Beach

4/5(1 review)

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Washington Park Beach during your trip to Michigan City? Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Michigan City

Tandem Skydiving Experience in Chicago
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Tandem Skydiving Experience in Chicago

$209
Per adult

Reviews of Michigan City

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
141
5 - Excellent 24.268502581755595%
4 - Good
292
4 - Good 50.258175559380376%
3 - Okay
123
3 - Okay 21.17039586919105%
2 - Disappointing
20
2 - Disappointing 3.442340791738382%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8605851979345955%

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 4, 2020

A cute city with great access to beaches, parks, shopping and restaurants!

4/5 - Good

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Jun 2, 2020

I think they should come to Traverse City and get some pointers! We wanted sweatshirts with Mi City on them and could not find a souvenir shop.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 4, 2020

It's a little run down, but the beach is nice!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 24, 2020

Fun lake town with a rich industrial history and lots of quaint things to do. Excellent shopping and places to eat

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 26, 2019

Loved the area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 21, 2019

There is beautiful houses then run down. Not many places to eat and the others seem they can get away with so so food because people will come to Michigan City anyway.

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