Trips to the Hoosier State might involve watching an Indy 500 race, touring Amish Country in a horse-drawn buggy, or hiking the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. If you’re after a peaceful cabin getaway, there’s a vast array of vacation home rentals that come with serene lake views. Take your pick from the cabins in Michigan City and Indiana Dunes State Park, which are located on the Lake Michigan shoreline, or check out the rental cabins surrounding Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s biggest natural lake.

Indiana Dunes State Park cabin rentals

Vacation cabins in and around Indiana Dunes State Park are a great home base for roaming amidst the park’s eponymous sand dunes, which rise up to 200 ft over the shores of Lake Michigan. You can go hiking, swimming, fishing, birding, and cross-country skiing in the state park, which also has picnic areas and a nature center. There are several trails to choose from, whether you want an easy hike to see ferns and flowers blooming in early spring, or a challenging workout that will take you to the highest of the dunes. From Indiana Dunes cabins, you can also go on a day trip to Indianapolis, the state capital and one of the biggest cities in the Midwest. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Zoo are popular stops for families with young children, while the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its on-site museum are a must-see for racing fans. Not only is this beloved Indy attraction the world’s largest racetrack, but it also boasts the biggest capacity of any sports venue on the planet. The laid-back Broad Ripple neighborhood features independent boutiques, record shops, and vintage emporiums, plus a wide array of cafes, bars, and clubs.

Getaway cabins in Michigan City

Set on Lake Michigan’s south shore, Long Beach Michigan City is a lively destination that offers both urban pleasures and outdoor recreation. You can go museum-hopping to learn about the region’s heritage—the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum and the La Porte County Historical Society Museum are good places to start, while tours of Michigan City’s historic 1858 Lighthouse are offered by The Old Lighthouse Museum. Other local attractions include Washington Park Zoo, the historic Barker Mansion, and nearby Indiana Dunes State Park. In the evening, you can watch a stage performance at one of the local theaters, or try your luck at the tables and slot machines at Blue Chip Casino. Just outside Michigan City, the small towns of Cabins for rent in Lake Wawasee is the largest natural lake that lies entirely within Indiana’s state lines. It’s located southeast of Syracuse, a town in Kosciusko County that’s home to Syracuse Lake and a gateway to several surrounding lakes. Featuring more than 25 miles of shoreline, Lake Wawasee offers fishing, boating, jet skiing, and swimming. There are several marinas, but you can also book a Lake Wawasee getaway cabin that comes with its own private boat dock. Come wintertime, the frozen lake turns into a venue for ice boating, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. If Lake Wawasee gets too crowded for you—it’s a popular destination, after all—you can check out Syracuse Lake. It’s a smaller, quieter alternative with lakeside dining and entertainment that’s just as good as Wawasee’s. Back on land, you can practice your golf swing at a pair of golf courses near Lake Wawasee’s shores, or enjoy a scenic run along the 11-mile Syracuse-Wawasee Trail that hugs Syracuse Lake.