WASHINGTON — Indiana has its first National Park.
The announcement came Friday from Washington where a federal spending bill includes legislation making the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Indiana's first National Park and the country's 61st.
The newly-named Indiana Dunes National Park runs for about 15-miles along the southern shore of Lake Michigan.
The neighboring Indiana Dunes State Park remains part of the state park system.
The parks are among Indiana's top tourist attractions.
Some sand dunes are as high as 200-feet and have taken thousands of years to form.
The National Park features beaches, along with trails through the dunes, marshland and pine forests.
On a clear day, Chicago's skyline can be seen.