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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Empire
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
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Tomah, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

i hadn't been able to get the sleeping bear dunes out of my head , since i first seen it , almost 6 years ago. i was so happy to be able to see the spectacular view over lake michigan again last month. it just takes your breath away , seing the gorgeous turquise & the almost never ending view... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The dunes were incredible! And watching people climb the dune was very entertaining. Seeing people at the bottom gave you a better sense of just how large the dunes are. Don't miss this on your trip!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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303 reviews 303 reviews
157 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We really enjoy going to National parks and this is no exception. What a fabulous place to visit. We enjoyed seeing the dunes but, we're not able to make such a climb so we took the driving tour on Pierce Stocking Drive. The sights of the lake from some of the stops are spectacular. There is also a nice stop... More

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Riverside, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

An over 7 mile scenic drive through woods and to dunes overlooks. Very high sand dunes 450 feet high overlooking Lake Michgan way below. There is a dune for kids to climb that is only about 130 feet high

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Louisville, Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This convenient drive took us about an hour. We stopped at the visitor center in Empire prior to taking the drive and one of the park rangers was kind enough to circle the stops with the best views. About half the stops on the map are more educational/informational rather than picturesque. We did not stop at those but viewed while... More

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Troy, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We loved every moment of the scenic drive. There were many stops along the way overlooking Big and Little Glen lakes, the alligator snout in between, and the sand dunes. Stop #9 was the best. It was very windy so at the top of the dune the sand would blow into your skin and was kinda painful. I had sunglasses... More

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Solon, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This well paved route is a 7.5 mile loop thru the area with stops - look out points along the way. Point #9 is the view from the top of the sand dunes - the color of Lake Michigan is amazing! You can run down the vertical drop & climb back up at this point but it is very strenuous... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It was breathtakingly beautiful and laid out well. There were a few areas with limited "official" parking, but it was easy enough to make your own. It's a must-see for anyone traveing in Northern Lower Michigan.

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Rockford, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Pay the $10 and Drive Thru A Breathtaking Scenic Hot Spot. If You Plan Ahead, Pack A Lunch, And Enjoy It's Beauty, Sitting Picnic Side Overlooking Some Beautiful Sites! Don't Forget Your Camera!!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Love this drive, done it 4 times I believe. Just gorgeous. Wildlife, picnic tables, hikes, scenic photo-ops.

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