Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
In far north Indiana, there's a place unlike many others--The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. For those who have never been there, when you hear the term "dunes", you're probably envisioning a barren, dessert-like setting with wind-swept sand dunes as far as the eye can see. However, the Indiana dunes are far more interesting and beautiful than that.
The dunes are situated along the southern shore of Lake Michigan (which looks like an ocean in this land-locked region of the country). The park is a beautiful, wooded setting with the sand dunes close to the lake.
The dunes are not a barren wasteland. Although there is plenty of exposed sand--allowing for a lot of fun for those who enjoy sandboarding or "sledding" down the hill--there is also vegetation including trees growing on the dunes.
The Indian Dunes are truly unusual and beautiful! Year-round there is a lot to do at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Some of the activities include hiking on the dunes, swimming, sandboarding, camping, picnicking, and even cross-country skiing in the winter.
A hike up the dunes is always a lot of fun. When you get to the top, you have a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Once over the dunes, a pleasant stroll along the lakeshore or building a sand castle on the beach with the kids is a must.
In warmer months, many enjoy swimming in Lake Michigan as well. A great spot to hike is Mount Baldy. Whether you live in Indiana, or are just there for a visit, seeing the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a must.
When my family lived less than an hour away, we always looked forward to our visits to the park. When other family members would come to visit from out of state, we thoroughly enjoyed the nice campground facilities while staying with them in their RV.
Now that we live out of state ourselves, we have had the opportunity to go back for visits, and we always enjoy an outing at "The Dunes" as we call it. Please go to http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/ for more information about the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Plan a visit.
When in Indiana, it's a place that you won't want to miss!