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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Address: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI
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This is home of old #9, the 9th parking area is home to a splendid view of sand Dunes atop a 45 degree drop down 450 feet to the edge of Lake Michigan. Arrive about 40 minutes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is home of old #9, the 9th parking area is home to a splendid view of sand Dunes atop a 45 degree drop down 450 feet to the edge of Lake Michigan. Arrive about 40 minutes prior to sunset and enjoy a view you will never forget. Includes a deck that has a view past Empire looking south. Spectacular... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This cruise was nice. A few of the stopping points were nothing but a place to pull off to the right. Just trees and roadside to see. Other stops are amazing! #9 was by far the best. #10 was at same stop as #9, just walking 600 feet more up, in sand. Great views.

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Manton, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Lots of different views to see. We enjoy it for fun pictures to take too as it gives lots of different outside backgrounds to us.

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Holland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Great way to see a lot of what the park has to offer. Description of the Cottonwood Trail no joke (sandy, hilly and no shade) but the views are worth it and easier than doing the Dune Climb. A lot of the numbered stops on the map are not worth stopping for, but great information available if you have the... More 

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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I have been visiting this spot for more than 30 years; even before it became a National Park. It had been a decade since our last visit. There was terrible damage to the forest on the way up from a recent storm. It did not diminish the experience at all. There are several places to stop along the way to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We enjoyed driving the winding roads and stopping at points of interest - some more crowded than others. Stop 9 or 10, the Dune Climb was fun. We sat down with drinks and watched dozens people struggle up the sand cliff. It was so foggy you could barely see the blue water at the bottom of the hill, but it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We climbed the dune. It was great, just as advertised. We started driving along the scenic drive, the first few stops were lovely, breathtaking views, etc. Then we got to the famous #9 and #10. People were clutching their faces, trying not to get sand in their eyes and mouths, children were crying and complaining about how much it hurt.... More 

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A beautiful drive with several spots to stop and view amazing natural beauty. A great reminder of the need to preserve of national parks.

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Crescent Springs, Kentucky
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is a National Park and we make an effort to visit National Parks whenever we can. Our first drive was to see and photo the sunset. The next day we went again and enjoyed it even more. Well maintained and mapped location. We'd do it again! If you are eligible get the Senior Pass for whatever it costs these... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Loved it! Easy for those that want a quick visit. Several stop of points of interest if you do the audio tour. The lookouts are impressive and good variety of dunes, forest, prairie, etc. You should definitely do it if in the area.

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