Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton is pictured.

Gordon Wilder

Chesterton has joined the ranks of Maui, Palm Springs and Mackinac Island by being named as one of the top places in the U.S. to escape to by Expedia.

The travel service recently published an article, "Best Place to Escape to in Every State," and Chesterton was named the Hoosier state's top destination.

"Chesterton stood out on this list for offering a variety of ways to relax and recharge, such as camp out at Indiana Dunes State Park, drink in nature's beauty at At Home in the Woods Bed and Breakfast or relax in the outdoor hot tub at The Denali Tree House," said Jodie Booras, communication specialist with Pacific Digital, representing Expedia.

"We were thrilled to hear that Chesterton was named 'the best place to escape' in Indiana by Expedia, although we weren't surprised. As the article states, Chesterton is an idyllic destination for travelers looking for a reprieve. Chesterton has everything from outdoor adventures to relaxing bed and breakfasts complete with local wineries, fine dining and 'escape' adventures," said Dustin Ritchea, promotions director for Indiana Dunes Tourism.

"Here at Indiana Dunes Tourism, we are proud that one of our communities is getting the national attention it deserves. With the Indiana Dunes recently featured as the No. 1 place in's '10 Places In Indiana That Are Better Than Anywhere Else In The Country' and Chesterton's growing tourism industry, we expect additional media coverage. We see this article as an opportunity for more travelers to discover this national treasure," Ritchea said.

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Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a staff writer for The Times for more than 20 years. She is the municipal and education reporter for Porter County. She is an amateur genealogist and writes a blog, Remember your Roots, appearing online each Thursday.