Latest Travel Feature: Midwestern Fun in Valpo

6 Sep

I grew up about 45 minutes away from Valparaiso, so it was a real treat to get this assignment from AAA Midwest Traveler to write about the town and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during fall. It’s a great time of year to visit and see a beautiful part of the country–then get a great meal from one of the many choices in Valpo.

We Dig These Dunes

Summer might be over, but it’s still beach time in northern Indiana.

Summer doesn’t have to end when the sun sets on Labor Day. September is a great time to hit the beach and enjoy the last warm days of the year — without the crowds. Lake Michigan offers some of the country’s finest dune areas, including Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park. Between the two protected areas, beachgoers can enjoy 15 miles of beach nestled between Gary and Michigan City, Ind.

Preservationists fought for decades to protect the area, succeeding with the development of the state park in 1925. In 1966, Congress created the national lakeshore along with the Port of Indiana. The two parks today have more than 15,000 acres of protected lands covering a variety of habitats, including marshes, prairies, bogs, and beaches.

Read more here.

One Response to “Latest Travel Feature: Midwestern Fun in Valpo”

  1. David Payne September 7, 2016 at 2:56 am #

    I was going to post that Indiana would be more chilly than Chile. But Google just told me that Valparaiso, Indiana USA is 25 degrees Celsius (AKA Centigrade), ~ ideal temperature for me. Whereas Valparaíso, Chile is 9 degrees Celsius!

    (Doh! Nuts! Mmm … donuts! ;~)

    – – – – – – – – DavID

    “You can’t get to heaven on the Frankston El because the Frankston El goes straight to …. ” (Future mutation of old Philadelphia “jump-rope rhymes” From the videographer of “Commuter Gull”).

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