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Michigan City
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.

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 Rs7,497 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Washington Park Beach and Blue Chip Casino. Indiana Dunes National Park is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,167 reviews)
"First time it was beautiful"

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2021

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs6,498 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Franciscan Hospital and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Sisters of St Francis Health. Blue Chip ...
3.9/5Very Good! (985 reviews)
"The room was comfortable, clean, amenities necessary for a relaxing stay especially after hours of highway travel were present. A small room but mighty on service!"

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Michigan City
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 Rs7,263 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in Michigan City, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Franciscan Hospital and within 6 miles (10 km) of Blue Chip Casino and Indiana Dunes National Park. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (133 reviews)
"We had a great overnight stay! Hot breakfast provided! Clean rooms, modern feel."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Michigan City, an IHG Hotel
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Towneplace Suites By Marriott Bloomington
Towneplace Suites By Marriott Bloomington
2.5 out of 5
105 South Franklin, Bloomington, IN
The price is Rs7,873 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Situated in Bloomington, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wonderlab Science Museum, Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center and Indiana University ...
4/5Very Good! (296 reviews)
"The property was nice, friendly workers, and the rooms were so nice"

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2021

Towneplace Suites By Marriott Bloomington
Century Suites Hotel
Century Suites Hotel
2.5 out of 5
300 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN
The price is Rs8,454 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated in Bloomington, this aparthotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Indiana University Golf Course and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Indiana University Bloomington. Indiana ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (233 reviews)
"Very quiet and peaceful! Everything was nice and clean. Very nice place to stay."

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

Century Suites Hotel
Outrigger Resort
Outrigger Resort
2.5 out of 5
2773 North West Shafer Dr., Monticello, IN
The price is Rs3,592 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated in Monticello, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Shafer and Indiana Beach Amusement Resort. Pine View Golf Course is 1.2 mi (2 km) ...
3.5/5Good! (45 reviews)
"Very nice folks running the place. Let us come back the next day because my little guy REALLY wanted to swim. Cool little motel if you're not looking to break the bank, and not worried about living the resort life. Within walking distance to the park and other activities."

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2020

Outrigger Resort
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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