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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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Where to stay around Gary?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 68 vacation rentals near Gary. From 46 Houses to 8 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gary for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Gary?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gary:

  • Miller Beach: 34 vacation rentals
  • Chicago Loop: 782 vacation rentals
  • Lincoln Park: 680 vacation rentals
  • River North: 521 vacation rentals
  • Magnificent Mile: 563 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Gary?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gary. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Marquette Park: 102 vacation rentals
  • Indiana University Northwest: 116 vacation rentals
  • Buffington Harbor: 386 vacation rentals
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 509 vacation rentals
  • Indiana Dunes State Park: 1,035 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gary listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Gary?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 46 Houses in Gary. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gary include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 8 rentals available
  • Cabins: 9 rentals available
  • Studios: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gary?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4 vacation rentals with pool available in Gary. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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