Distance: 45 - 72 Miles
Active Ride Time: 3h 45m - 6h
Explore the small-town charm, beautiful landscapes, and local flavor south of the dunes on this self-guided bike tour. You can make this itinerary your own - ride just one part, break it up into an overnight adventure, or take on the whole route!
Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes attracts millions of visitors each year. While best known for its world-class beaches, the Indiana Dunes and its surrounding areas offer so much more. World-class cuisine, breathtaking scenery, eclectic nightlife, and exhilarating biking and hiking await you on your next trip to the Dunes.
This route is primarily paved and best for adults and confident cyclists.
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6 miles, about 35 minutes
26 miles, about 2 hours 15 minutes
22 miles, about 1 hour 50 minutes
1215 North State Road 49
Start your journey at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Rangers and local experts are on staff to answer your questions about the park. The Visitor Center features art exhibits, informational displays, and a bookstore!
321 Broadway, Chesterton, IN
Stop by Ivy's Bohemia House for quirky ambiance and culinary treat! Ivy's Bohemia House has plenty of options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. They open at 11am, so to pass some time and work up an appetite take a stroll down Broadway to the local shops and park before sitting down for a meal.
3051 Willowcreek Road, Portage, IN
Hop off the bike and enjoy the daily specials and a delicious menu of sandwiches, salads, and more at Tate's Place. Don't forget the coffee! When the weather is warm, you can sit outside on their patio and breathe in the fresh air while you dine under the trees.
563 W. 450 North, Hobart, IN
Get face-to-face with North America's largest native land mammal — the bison. During the summer months, you can take a ride in the "Bison Tour Wagon" to see these impressive animals and adorable young calves up close and personal.
E. Lincolnway between Michigan Avenue and Napoleon Street
Lincolnway in Valparaiso is positively brimming with small-town charm. Take a walk down the main drag of this college town to enjoy the view and visit local boutiques. You can stop for coffee at FLUID Coffeebar or a fresh juice at Roots Organic Juice Cafe;. Feeling hungry? There's something for every taste. Try local restaurants like Radius, Lincoln Flats, Central Park Plaza, Meditrina Market Cafe, Don Quijote, Main+Lincoln, Lifestyles, Blackbird Cafe, or Ricochet Tacos.
1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN
The Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University features a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of art from the mid-19th century to the present. The museum also has rotating exhibits and series on display. The Brauer Museum of Art specializes in 19th, 20th, and 21st-century American art. You can arrange a tour with a docent or explore the museum on your own.
1600 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN
The Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University has been a landmark in Northwest Indiana since it was dedicated in 1959. The chapel has spectacular architectural features like colorful stained glass windows and cathedral-inspired high ceilings, including a 98-foot high 9-pointed star shaped chancel.
430 E. US Highway 6, Valparaiso, IN
Raise a glass at the Anderson Vineyard & Winery tasting room. Kick back and relax indoors or out at this local vintner located on the Moraine Ridge. Indulge in a menu of savory and sweet treats while sampling 20 different types of wine. Ride responsibly after a tasting. Spend some time exploring the 42-acre property before hopping back on the bike.
Beverly Shores is a waterfront community with a fascinating history. Several homes featured in the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago were relocated to Beverly Shores, resulting in a unique concentration of one-of-a-kind homes with wonderful architectural and design elements. Today just five of the original structures remain and are maintained by the National Park Service and Indiana Landmarks Association.
1/8 mile west of the intersection of Lake Front Drive and Broadway Street, Beverly Shores, IN
Grab takeout from The Rolling Stonebaker or Goblin & The Grocer and end your day watching the sunset from Lake View Beach. You can sit at one of the picnic areas or walk along the water to take in the view.
100 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN
You'll know you're in good company when you see the satisfied celebrities always hanging out on the mural out front. Step inside for a playful family atmosphere and a plateful of breakfast favorites anytime, any day. Just a few quarters in the jukebox and a few minutes to peruse the menu, and you're guaranteed that classic diner experience you won't soon forget!
105 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN
Pedal back to Octave for a protein-filled dinner in Chesterton. Key ingredients are what make Octave Grill's food and drinks special. Whether it be grass-fed beef, beer from local breweries or house-made ingredients, they are constantly creating a unique dining experience for guests.
15 Washington St., Valparaiso, IN
Take a breather at this small locally owned cidery and winery located in downtown Valparaiso. Part of the Running Vines family, Aftermath serves infused hard ciders made with Indiana apples and house-made wines. Every cider and wine you drink is made onsite by Indiana hands and sealed with Aftermath's stamp of excellence.
401 Broadway, Chesterton, IN
Butler Winery makes awesome wine from Indiana grown grapes. This popular local vintner started as a booth at Chesterton's European Market. Butler Winery opened their Chesterton Tasting Room in June of 2008 to welcome customers in Northwest Indiana. Come by for a tasting and send a few of your favorite bottles home.
65 Franklin St., Valparaiso, IN
If you've never had mead before, Misbeehavin' Meads is the perfect place to try everything from traditional flavors to unconventional ingredients. Each year, Misbeehavin' Meads releases nearly 50 different meads. Each one explores different fruits and varietal honeys. Many are aged on wood or in barrels.
119 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN
Every time you uncork a bottle of Running Vines wine, you'll feel like family. That's because family is at the center of all they do. Nicki, the owner of Running Vines, brings Italian roots and a love of running to Running Vines' approach to wine. At Running Vines wine is a part of a balanced life, an everyday luxury, and something to be shared with friends and family.
1050 Broadway, Ste. 36, Chesterton, IN
Chesterton Brewery is a veteran-owned brewery and the most recent addition to the local craft beverage scene. Chesterton brewery gives back to local veterans and heroes with every pour. Come kick back and enjoy a brew!
3705 Bowman Drive in Valparaiso, IN
Four Fathers Brewing is a small family run craft brewery built on passion, creativity, and a dedication to quality. We strive to make beer that is exciting and approachable. We also value our community, and have committed ourselves to positively impacting the community as much as possible.
6 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, IN
Ironwood Brewing Co. owner, Barb, has been brewing beer since the early 80s and always wanted to open a brewery. In 2013, she opened Ironwood Brewing Co. Today, you can stop by Ironwood Brewing Co. to enjoy Barb's specialty: traditional beers brewed to style. You'll find hops vines growing on the patio and wooden barrels in the back aging their delicious contents.
54 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN
Valpo Pour House is the perfect place to stop and enjoy craft beer, wine, and pizza. Their self-serve tap is a totally unique experience that's worth a visit. Pour yourself a glass from dozens of craft beers in rotation.
23 Washington St., Ste. 100, Valparaiso, IN
Elements Wine Bar is a place to gather for people who love wine and good music. They carry a continuously changing selection of wines from around the world, as well as a selection of bottled beer. Enjoy Elements' funky, chic atmosphere and lovely outdoor patio area.
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