No matter where you live in the Midwest, adventure awaits you this fall at the Indiana Dunes. To prove that the Indiana Dunes are within your reach for a quick weekend get-a-way or maybe a three or four day weekend as the summer and fall holidays approach, check out these travel times:
Minneapolis --- 7 Hours
Milwaukee --- 2 1/2 Hours
Kansas City --- 8 Hours
Saint Louis --- 5 Hours
Indianapolis --- 3 Hours
Detroit --- 4 Hours
Cleveland --- 4 1/2 Hours
Okay so no that we have established that the Indiana Dunes are close, the question now becomes does adventure and fun exist there to make the whole family happy.
Does a bear ... well YES!
So the family is a biking family? The Dunes offer an array of biking opportunities as well as a variety of differing locations to choose from (beach, offroad, trail and in town biking). Click here to learn more about biking while at the Dunes.
Ahhh, now we are talking! Not many more picturesque places in the Midwest to take the family on a hike. Opportunities abound on the National Lakeshore, hike near numerous museums & historic sites, through nature preserves or multiple parks in the immediate area. Click here to learn more about hiking while at the dunes.
If you are a birder... this maybe the mid-western birders paradise. "Few places in the Midwest rival Indiana Dunes Country for great birding. More than 350 bird species live or migrate through here—drawn to the open water of Lake Michigan and to a landscape of beaches, dunes, woodlands, wetlands, and prairie." Indiana Dunes Tourism Council Click here to learn more about birding while at the dunes.
And finally without saying... visiting the Dunes and going fishing on Lake Michigan has got to be the ultimate experience to cap off your visit. Whether you decide to go out in boat on the lake, shore fish from the Indiana Dunes beaches or go out in a fishing kayak all will ensure great memories and hopeful a nice catch or two.
Per the Indiana Dunes Tourism website, if you are interested in fishing you have to check out this deal. Mention “Indiana Dunes fishing” to receive 25% off the standard hotel rate. Our hotels can also provide you an extra-early breakfast, snacks to go, coffee for your Thermos and well-lit parking lots for your boat. To see which hotels offer this click here.
We hope this information spurred some excitement in you as you determine where your families Fall adventure will be this year in the Midwest. For more info to plan out your trip to the dunes check out Indianadunes.com and their extensive list of trip planning tools and ideas.
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Great post! I have to look a little bit harder for really good hiking trails in eastern Iowa, but they're here, especially towards the northeast part of the state. If you ever visit check out The Effigy Mounds, Pike's Peak, and the surrounding areas. Really gorgeous campsites and great hiking/views. Here's to another year of hiking ahead!
I've heard quite a few times now about the Lake of Michigan being a perfect spot for bird-watching. This post of yours confirms it. Thanks! I think I'll take my wife there in the near future since she's an avid bird lover. And perhaps after that I could convince her for a short hike around the dunes.
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