Attractions

Shrine in Northern Indiana

Grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery

Polish monks built a series of trippy, fluorescent shrines at this Carmelite monastery hiding in suburban Munster. First came 250 tons of sponge rock that the friars used for the grotto's dark, twisting, three-story…
National Park in Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The Dunes stretch along 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Swimming is allowed anywhere along the shore. A short walk away from the beaches, several hiking paths crisscross the dunes and woodlands. The best are th…
State Park in Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes State Park

The state park is a 2100-acre, shoreside pocket within the national lakeshore; 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 c…
Museum in South Bend

Studebaker National Museum

Gaze at a gorgeous 1956 Packard and other classic beauties that used to be built in South Bend, where the Studebaker car company was based. The shiny vehicles, including vintage carriages and military tanks, spread …
Museum in Auburn

National Automotive and Truck Museum

This museum has a bit of everything, from toy cars to gas pumps to vintage rigs. Car buffs will appreciate that it sits next door to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg auto museum.
Beach in Indiana Dunes

West Beach

West Beach, nearest to Gary, draws fewer crowds than the other beaches and features a number of nature hikes and trails. It’s also the only beach with lifeguards. There's a snack bar and cool Chicago vistas.
Museum in Auburn

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum

This museum has a wonderful display of early roadsters in a beautiful art-deco setting.