Top ChoiceBurgers in Indiana Dunes

Octave Grill

Octave Grill's burgers made with grass-fed beef and piled high with gourmet goodness were voted best in Porter County. Indeed, they are cooked to perfection, just juicy and greasy enough, and are chased with a...

Coffee in Indiana Dunes

Dagger Mountain Roastery

At the dead-end of an unremarkable warehouse district in Valparaiso, Dagger Mountain is hidden in all the right ways; but its speciality coffee roasted in-house is one of Northern Indiana's best. Exquisite...

National Park in Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes National Park

The Dunes, which became the USA's 61st national park in 2019, stretch along 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Swimming is allowed anywhere along the shore. A short walk away from the beaches, several hiking...

State Park in Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes State Park

The state park is a 2100-acre, shoreside pocket within the national park; it’s located at the end of Hwy 49, near Chesterton. It has more amenities than the rest of the lakeshore, but also more regulation and...

Tacos in Indiana Dunes

Richochet Tacos

You cant go wrong at this gourmet taqueria on Valparaiso's pretty and revitalized main square: douse your Handle Bar (spicy skirt steak, avocado, queso fresco) or Highlander (jerk chicken, pineapple, chipotle...

Diner in Indiana Dunes

Great Lakes Cafe

This colorful Greek family diner sits right in front of a steel mill, whose workers pile in for the cheap, hearty pancakes, chopped steak burgers, bacon-pecan brownies and whatever else features on the whiteboard...

Bar in Indiana Dunes

Flamingo Pizza

Yes, you can get pizza (from $9), but the bar is what beckons: a cozy watering hole where you sit elbow-to-elbow with locals. The good beers (six taps, including Michigan's Bell's Brewery and Hammond's 18th...

Beach in Indiana Dunes

West Beach

West Beach, nearest to Gary, draws fewer crowds than the other local beaches and features a number of nature hikes and trails. It’s also the only beach with lifeguards other than the state park. There's a snack...

Italian in Indiana Dunes

Lucrezia Café

This is a homey favorite for Italian-American staples – fettuccine alfredo, veal marsala, linguine with scallops – in a cutesy clapboard home in Chesterton.