Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Cost: Free; Memorial Day-Labor Day: $6 per car at West Beach only
Hours: Sunrise-sunset. Visitor Center 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily
Part of the National Park system, the national lakeshore's focus is on preserving American heritage and natural history. It encompasses 150,000 acres and has one of the highest diversity of plant species of all the national parks, as well as eight beaches and a working historical farm. Stop by the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center to plan your visit and learn the story of the dunes.