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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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Trekking the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in Michigan
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This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.
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“scenic drive” (236 reviews)
“lake michigan” (382 reviews)
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visiting from Florida, we have seen sand and dunes, but this was unique and it's the scenery around the dunes that is breathtaking. Enjoyed our time there. Lots of nature walks and a picnic area. Let the kids work off some energy.

Thank Theresa H
Reviewed 3 days ago

This park has a HUGE sandhill which drops straight down into the water. Very steep climb back up... we were told it could take several hours and you have to almost get on all fours to do it. There is a viewing platform to take...More

Thank HavasuBabe
Reviewed 3 days ago

The state park is beautiful... its a loop, take all the time you want (plenty of stops.) The big dune is a must...get out of your car, very short walk & wow, what a view!!! We'll definitely be back!!!!

Thank luvscigars
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'm embarrassed to admit I've traveled abroad more than I've checked out our nearby states and I'm pleasantly surprised at how much neat stuff is just a drive away.  I went to college with a girl who moved to Michigan so we met up and...More

Thank chattygirl7491
Reviewed 1 week ago

As one might expect of a property managed by the National Park Service, this is a spectacular place. Beautiful views, a variety of options for activities ranging from quiet contemplation and dipping in the lake to rigorous hiking, biking, and boating.

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm glad I saw this at least once. Places to stay closest to the park are mainly B&Bs or campgrounds. We stayed in the nearest city, Traverse City, which was about a 45 minutes drive to the Empire visitors center. The whole area was more...More

Thank advsmuch
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Original intent was to see the Coast Guard Maritime Museum. Wonderful rocky beach below the museum. Found three Pitosky stones. Rock hounds would love this beach. Walked up to the summit of the dunes. Beautiful area.

Thank sissie M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was there for 2 days solo hiking. Spectacular views, safe, well marked trails. Something for everyone. When they say a trailer is strenuous it is, so be informed. This was a great time to visit, cool temps and far less crowded. Go to ranger...More

Thank Marcia A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it! That being said, bring water and wear comfortable shoes before hiking. It’s a beautiful hike up and down the dune. You can walk for hours but it is absolutely beautiful! Could do this every day and it would be different. The overlook of...More

Thank 63Kathyd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dunes and natural areas have been preserved and are well explained. The 9-mile scenic drive is special. The dunes climb is a must.

Thank Douglas C
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Nearby Attractions
Lake Michigan Beach Park
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.95 km away
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.00 km away
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Pavana B
2 October 2017|
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Response from SKR944 | Reviewed this property |
It should be beautiful. Expect a Fall experience - meaning you may find Lake Michigan and perhaps Big & Little Glen Lakes too cold to swim - but the colors should be in full swing and the temperature comfortable both day... More
Amy K
8 August 2017|
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Response from BarbaraW1958 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. We saw bicycles in Glen Harbor, but not on the road through Sleeping Bear Dunes. There were no bicycle rentals at the visitor center. There may be bicycle rentals in the towns in that area.
31 July 2017|
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Response from Scott V | Reviewed this property |
I think the choice of visiting either Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore solely depends on the experience you desire and time. From Grayling where you have to depart ways for one from... More