Where to Stay

From one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast accommodations where you’re welcomed like family and treated like royalty to family-friendly motels overlooking beautiful migration habitat, you can find a great dunes birding getaway on a shoestring budget. Even better, you’ll find accommodations perfectly suited to your travel style during the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.


Best Western Indian Oaks
Property Manager: Amanda Jamieson
558 Indian Boundary Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
Phone: (219) 926-2200

The Best Western Indian Oaks is conveniently located within minutes of the festival headquarters.  There are spacious lakeside and fireplace rooms available. Each room has a patio or balcony, 32" flatscreen TVs, microwaves, and refrigerators. Complimentary hot breakfast for IDBF participants. They are the nearest hotel to Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Park. Visit them on Facebook.

The Best Western Indian Oaks is holding a special block of rooms for IDBF participants, May 15-19, that includes an early continental breakfast. You may call the hotel or book online HERE. Rooms start at $120 per night.


Hilton garden inn Chesterton front view
501 Gateway Blvd
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
Phone: (219) 983-9500
The Hilton Garden Inn- Chesterton is next to I-80/90 and Highway 49, walking distance from several restaurants and down the road from Urschel Laboratories. It's an easy 10-minute drive to the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks. Visit their main website to see the full amenities. 


There is a special block of rooms for IDBF participants, May 15-19 that includes a grab-and-go breakfast. To book your room, call the hotel and mention "Dunes Birding Festival" or book online HERE. Rooms start at $155 per night.



The Indiana Dunes has two excellent camping options, right in the middle of the migration birding action!  Choose from electric or non-electric at both our Indiana Dunes State Park and National Park.  You won't be disappointed with either!

Indiana Dunes State Park Campground
1600 N. 25 E.
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 926-1952

For online reservations visit: camp.IN.gov 

Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.


Indiana Dunes National Park Dunewood Campground
101-107 Golf Wood Rd
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 395-1882

Online reservations at recreation.gov. 

Reservations are now accepted at this property, campsites are on a first come , first served basis. Lake Michigan is located 1.5 miles north of the campground. Several beaches are within easy driving distance. A gas station/convenience store is located ¼ mile north of the campground at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Broadway. A South Shore Railroad station, with passenger service to Chicago and South Bend, is located on Broadway, ¼ mile north of the campground.



Find a wide range of lodging options on the Indiana Dunes Tourism webpage.