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My Review of Indiana Dunes National Park

Updated: Oct 14, 2021

Hey there, national park #2! Some friends and I recently took a road trip from Kentucky to Wisconsin, and after noticing Indiana Dunes was sprinkled right in the middle of our route, I felt that it was obvious that we had to make a stop on our way back home. The year prior was when I experienced the Lake Michigan beaches for the first time in Holland, so I knew that we were in for a treat.

First off, this national park is practically in the backyard of Chicago, so you can tell that it is a local's playground! (Just a wee bit jealous here) But for us landlocked states, Indiana Dunes is the perfect alternative for the ocean... really the only difference is the freshwater! This park is one of the U.S's most recent national parks, being officially recognized in 2019. Being from the East coast, it makes me very happy to see another park blossom on our side of the country!

This park feels very much like a trip to the beach (because, it pretty much is.) There are also different hiking trails that you can take, too! If you're up for an adventure, you need to try the 3 Dunes Challenge, where you hike up top the three tallest dunes in the park! I believe you also get a small prize for completing it.

I was really impressed with how clean this park is. It seems to be very well-kept and organized! Everything is also pretty spread out, so you'll need to drive to the visitors center and a few of the trails. I found it odd that the environmental center was over 20 minutes away from everything else, sitting in the middle of a small town.

There are some really nice trails right by the beach, but be prepared for some resistance and incline! After hiking your way up through the sand, you'll really feel it in your legs... so make sure you have appropriate attire aside from your swimsuit!

Overall Thoughts: I think this is a really nice place! I also find it to be a bit more unique than the other parks. It may not be the most breathtaking or stunning, but it still has a lot of beautiful sights to see. I also find this park to be one you can easily take on in one day - a weekend at most. But I don't think that it is one to be skipped out on!




Hey there, I'm Shelby! Traveling has been one of my biggest passions in life, and so I'm here to share all of my great finds, tips and advice that I discover along the way. When I'm not on a plane, you can find me in Kentucky with my husband and fur child, Zoe (My adorable kitty!) 

I have always loved to write, and after many attempts at blogging again, I find myself here and inspired to share the world. My husband and I both work a typical 9 to 5, but make it a priority to plan as many trips as possible each year. I want to show others that it is totally possible to live a travel-filled life full time or on the side!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy!


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