|The very southern end of Lake Michigan is a beautiful landscape of sand dunes, put in place partially by the Wisconsin Glacier, mostly by the northern winds over the centuries. Lots of beautiful sights only minutes from the busy cities of Gary and Hammond, Indiana and within sight across the lake of Chicago. A nice start to our trip to New York and the fall of 2014. We set up camp at Indiana Dunes State Park. The National Lakeshore was established during the Kennedy era ... it contains over 15,000 acres, includes over 15 miles of beach. You'd never know you were so near to steel towns and Chicago when walking the trails and sifting sand between your toes.