Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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This national lake shore boasts 15 miles of beaches, sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. With more than 350 species of birds, it also features some some of the best bird watching in the midwest. Go in the fall and enjoy the Duneland Harvest Festival that draws thousands of dune enthusiasts. There's 8 different beaches to choose from, and they're each much less crowded than their Chicago and Michigan counterparts.

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