What better way to celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial than to explore the "nooks and crannies" of the region and capture the moment with a photo? Here are our Top 10 Photo Opportunities along the South Shore.

 

    Lake Michigan - Indiana Dunes
  1. Lake Michigan
    Find a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan from high on top of a dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore or State Park.

  2. Flick statue - Indiana Welcome Center
  3. Flick Statue
    Pose with "Flick" from the holiday movie classic, "A Christmas Story." Located at the Indiana Welcome Center, Flick's famous flagpole scene is a permanent fixture outside.
      
  4. Michigan City Lighthouse and Pier
  5. Michigan City Lighthouse and Pier
    Take one of the most iconic shots from the shore, looking out into the blue waters of Lake Michigan surrounding the Michigan City Lighthouse and Pier.


  6. Historic Grist Mill - Hobart, Ind.
  7. The Historic Grist Mill
    The Grist Mill at Deep River County Park was originally built in the 1830's by John Wood. Rebuilt of brick by his son in 1876, it was used as a custom flouring mill.

  8. Sandhill Cranes - Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife
  9. Sandhill Cranes
    Witness thousands of Sandhill cranes migrating during the fall at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. Catch them from September through December. A viewing area is available.


  10. Mr. Pierogi and Ms. Paczki - Whiting, Ind.
  11. Pierogi Fest's Mr. Pierogi and Ms. Paczki
    Track down Mr. Pierogi and Ms. Paczki at Whiting's annual "kooky" Pierogi Fest that pokes fun at the community's Eastern European heritage. This end-of-summer festival is a can't miss in Northwest Indiana.

  12. Old Lake County Courthouse - Crown Point, Ind.
  13. Historic Lake County Courthouse
    Located in downtown Crown Point, the Historic Lake County Courthouse has been captured on film for decades. Serving as the original county seat, it later became known for its speedy marriage licensing - aka the Marriage Mill.


    Chicago Skyline - Whihala Beach, Whiting, Ind.
  14. Chicago Skyline from Whihala Beach, Whiting
    The South Shore is just THAT close to Chicago that you can see the skyline over the water on a clear day. Whihala offers some of the best shots of the city.

  15. Orville Redenbacher Statue - Valparaiso, Ind.
  16. Orville Redenbacher Statue
    The King of Popcorn and a Hoosier, Redenbacher is honored with a bronze statue on a park bench in downtown Valpo.


    Wildflowers at Kankakee Sands
  17. Nature Conservancy at Kankakee Sands
    Visit Kankakee Sands in the spring to walk among the wildflowers or view the roaming bison (coming Fall of 2016).