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4   in Indiana Indiana24850 Miles

Motorcycle Roads US HWY 12 Through the Indiana Dunes

By Harleyrik
on June 1, 2009

4.6out of 5

10 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

This ride starts in Portage Indiana at the intersection of Indiana HWY 249 and US Highway 12. Take Highway 12 west until you reach Michigan City.

Scenery

A winding two lane highway through the Indiana dunes National Lakeshore. Fall foliage is gorgeous, although anytime of year it is a beautiful ride.

Road Quality

This highway is flat, with quite a few sweeping turns. It is blacktop, and very well maintained, with very few (if any) potholes.

Roadside Amenities

This highway is adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore so there is camping, public beaches on Lake Michigan, and picnic areas. There are also historic homes to view not far from the highway in Beverly Shores on the lakefront. There are fuel stops and a restaurant or two. There is also Michigan Citys light house at Franklin Park, a zoo and a pier. For your shopping needs there is the Lighthouse Mall which is a name brand outlet mall in Michigan City.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Guest
on June 14, 2012 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is my favorite place to camp & swim in the summer note Dunewood campground is motorcycle friendly and right off hwy 12 you are close to the beach and Bartlett's Grill.
Nice clean & Quiet campground with showers & restrooms and fifteen bucks a night.
See you there ride safe!

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By Guest
on June 29, 2009 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

My husband and I rode this route yesterday (6-28) and saw LOTS of other riders. It's a nice ride, nice twists, shaded portions from trees on both sides, but watch for the deer. You can take 12 up into Michigan and it's a nice ride all the way up.

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By Guest
on June 4, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Rode with the wife yesterday down this route. Beautiful scenery. Open road. Perfect weather. There is a beach town called Beverly Shores you can cruise through which is right along rt 12 that is beautiful and full of huge beach front properties. Plenty of place to pullover while riding through the Dunes and admire the beach, forest, etc. You continue rt12 all the way up to the state of Michigan. New Buffalo, MI is a beautiful town. Take your helmet if you head to MI, state law requires wearing helmets.

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By Guest
on November 4, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Honda F6B

Motorcycle Type Touring

Probably the best ride up threw 12 but turn up 35 to johnson rd to gold ring road very smooth and curvy threw tere as well and adds a couple hours to your sunday cruise

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By Guest
on April 30, 2010 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

my brother and I enjoy this ride,.we take it to stake and lube(thay have bike night on Wed.)

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By greenspam
on July 11, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type

Just wrote it last weekend. Very nice. Saw many motorcycles doing this route as well. I also suggest head to Michigan City and enjoy the small town atmosphere. However, no matter what you do, do not gamble at Four Winds Casino. I played blackjack there and I was beat royally.

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By Bronko37
on April 10, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I have ridden this route a bunch of times. Come on folks, this is NW Indiana. For our area, this is one of the nicest around. I come from Lowell so the added ride down SR2 from Lowell to Valporaiso is also pretty nice. When you head up 12 and you get into Michigan City, be sure to stop in at Shore Line Brewery for a nice cold craft beer and an appetizer. One beer is plenty, you are on two wheels after all.

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By jcomaha
on August 7, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley ElectraGlide

Motorcycle Type Touring

This was a nice ride at the end of the day as we ended up in New Buffalo. Was an nice ride on a hot day when we felt the proximity of the lake and it's cooler air.

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By Guest
on July 29, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

the only reason I didn't 10 it is because I have many more roads to travel

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By Guest
on July 4, 2009 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

No offense to the submitter but this wouldnt be my choice of a good ride. Personally I felt the ride going East on 1000N from US12 to US31 by South Bend was a better part of the ride. It's a county rode so be prepared to dodge a few rough spots. Thanks for the suggestion and if you live in that part of IN give it a ride.

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