Destination guide

Gary, Indiana: The grand old dame is getting a makeover

In the first half of the 20th century, Gary, Indiana was the grand dame of the Midwest. A steelworks boomtown, Gary was also a center of arts and culture, with fabulous beaches attracting weekenders. But because its fate was directly tied to the steel industry, Gary fell from grace in the 1960s as steel production fell. Today, the city is on the ups, getting made-over and reclaiming its status as an arts center. Choose from scores of Gary vacation rentals and get a front seat to this fascinating transformation.

Things to do

Miller Beach: a lakeside destination lined with historic structures

Only a few people are likely aware that Gary has a lakeside playground called Miller Beach. Located on the southern bank of Lake Michigan, Miller Beach is the westernmost point of the federally protected Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The neighborhood's Miller Woods is home to nearly 300 plant and animal species, some of which are endangered. Gary vacation rentals will let you bask in the charms of Miller Beach, including Lake Street, the area's vibrant shopping and dining hub, and the restored Marquette Park and Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium, veritable playgrounds for history enthusiasts.


Make a pitstop at 2300 Jackson Street, birthplace of the King of Pop

With its glory days long gone, Gary has been pegged as a modern American ghost town, mostly attracting shutterbugs who like snapping pics of abandoned buildings. Those abandoned buildings are now stops on heritage tours in Gary. If you're a Michael Jackson fan, you'll want to go on these tours as they typically include the cramped bungalow where the Jackson 5 spent their childhood. Meanwhile, Miller Beach has always been Gary's best-kept secret, and it's now drawing in weekenders once again for water fun, folk music, and yoga on the beach.


Rainy night in Gary? Time for a snuggle-fest

Gary's climate is largely affected by its close proximity to Lake Michigan. The summer months of June to August can be hot and humid, with temperatures averaging 84 degrees. In winter, which runs from December to February, Gary is snowy, with the occasional blizzard blowing in from the lake. Temperature can drop to 16 degrees in winter. However, no matter what season it is, you can expect rain to cool things down, especially in summer. Not that rains deter travelers—Gary vacation rentals, particularly those near the lakeshore, are busiest in summer.

Natural features

A flat plain on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan

Gary stands on a flat plain stretching from the banks of Lake Michigan. Though the land is flat, it teems with beauty. Gary's lakeside area forms part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, one of the most pristine areas surrounding Lake Michigan. Indiana Dunes reportedly has more plant and animal species than any US national park, totaling 1,445 species. These include the various species of orchids and the endangered dune thistle. The lakeshore is also home to coyotes and a vital stop for migrating birds. On a visit to Indiana Dunes, you can pop into the environmental centers or go fishing and walking along the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

How to get there

How to get to and around Gary

The nearest airport is in Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.), located 24.4 mi (39.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.), which is 39 mi (62.7 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Gary Metro Center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Gary, IN?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 145 vacation rentals around Gary. From 45 house rentals to 19 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a beachfront property in Gary?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said... absolutely everyone. Find the ideal home away from home for your crew and you'll be well on your way to beachy bliss! Fortunately, there are 12 beachside vacation rentals to cast yourself away to. Of course, that might not suit everyone. Luckily, Vrbo has heaps of other choices, including:

  • 9 beach vacation rentals.
  • 9 lakefront vacation rentals.
  • 8 lake-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Gary?

Our house vacation rentals are real properties for real travelers. With loads of space and privacy, they're perfect for those who want to live like a local. There are 51 options available on Vrbo. Prices start from $90 a night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other popular rental options, such as:

  • Hotel: 42 vacation homes. Prices start from $51 per night.
  • Cottage: 9 vacation homes. Prices start from $98 per night.
  • Apartment: 8 vacation homes. Prices start from $96 per night.

Can I stay in Gary in a large group?

There's nothing better than being somewhere totally new with friends and family. And the great news is Vrbo has some places suitable for big groups. At the moment, house vacation homes are the hottest thing for big groups of visitors here, and we have 10 featured on our database. The rental options that can cater to large numbers here include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we have 38 vacation homes perfect for that size. Stay a night for as little as $90.
  • If you have 8 in your party, you'll be happy to learn that there are 34 vacation homes suitable. You can get one for as little as $98 per night.
  • Hunting down vacation rentals catering to 5 people? You'll be thrilled to hear we have 22 that will fit the bill. You can score one from just $100 per night.

You and all your mates will be well looked after when you plan your Gary travels through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Gary?

Vrbo is here to help you make memories with your posse. Listing a variety of reasonably priced rentals, you're sure to nab a special place that houses one and all. Woodlawn is an awesome area to take a look at if you want to keep your budget under control. Vrbo has 14 rentals, and the average price is an agreeable $180 per night. Canaryville is another good option. Vrbo has 3 rentals here, and the average price is around $221 a night.

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