Unsurprisingly, Michigan City is located on the shores of the US ‘Great Lake’ of Lake Michigan, to the far north of the state of Indiana. The majority of visitors looking to spend their holidays in Michigan City will use the city as a base for exploring the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a protected area popular amongst lovers of the ‘Great Outdoors’. These visitors will not need to ‘rough it’ whilst staying in Michigan City, however, as there is a good choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation available here, mainly in the form of apartments, condos and villas, many enjoying spectacular views of the lake.
Most tourists spending their holidays in Michigan City will head to the nearby Indiana Dunes National Shoreline. Here walkers, hikers and cyclists can follow well defined trails through the National Park’s 15,000 acres of protected woodland, marshes and prairies. Here visitors can observe the region’s indigenous fauna and flora, to include white-tailed deer, raccoons, Canada geese and herons. Mount Baldy, a 123 foot ‘wandering’ sand dune which can move up to four feet every day, is perhaps one of the park’s best known landmarks. West Beach, the region’s longest expanse of lakeside sands, is popular amongst water sports enthusiasts.
Visitors spending their holidays in Michigan City who tire of the peace and tranquillity of the Indiana Dunes National Shoreline may wish to head just 50 miles to the west and enjoy the many attractions and amenities of Chicago, the USA’s third largest city. The so-called ‘Windy City’ boasts a wealth of cultural places of interest, to include the Chicago Cultural Centre, Art Institute of Chicago and Du Sable Museum of African American History. Visitors with a hankering for a spot of retail therapy may wish to head to Michigan Avenue, one of the longest shopping streets in the USA. Other must-see landmarks and attractions include Navy Pier and Willis Tower, which was formerly known as Sears Tower, once the World’s tallest building.
The ‘Great Lakes’ region of the USA has a typically humid, continental climate. Summers are warm and mainly dry, with temperatures frequently reaching the mid-thirties degrees Celsius. Visitors spending their holidays in Michigan City in the winter months, however, will find that temperatures can often stay below zero degrees Celsius. The city receives an average annual rainfall of around 28 inches, which will frequently fall as snow in the winter months.
Tourists looking to spend their holidays in Michigan City will discover that Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is just a short drive away. American Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate regular trans-Atlantic flights to this busy airport from the UK, departing from London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN).