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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Address: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI
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Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Empire
Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I visited with my family in Fall 2014 and we had a wonderful time. The weather wasn't great, so it wasn't too crowded. I would imagine this place is packed in the summer time and would recommend going as early in the day as possible to avoid crowds and heavy traffic. We took our time driving through and stopping to... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

Every time we are in the TC area we visit the drive at Pierce Stocking. It is truly Gods Country but I have one complaint.... We read on the Internet that they were opened year round and after a 40 minute drive out this week (February) we found the park closed. Please add the dates opened on your website so... More 

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Canada
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229 reviews 229 reviews
191 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

About 10 minutes from the huge dunes that attracts a myriad of tourists every year, there is another wonder to admire: The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. First we went through a covered bridge and enjoyed driving in the woods. At times we could admire the coast from far, but then we ended at the main attraction, where we could walk... More 

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Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The views from the top overlooking the giant dunes and Lake Michigan are breath-taking! I recommend you go on a clear day that is not too windy (lots of sand!).

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

During our first visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes we did the dune climb, and then I suggested to my partner that we do the Scenic Drive before we leave and drive home. I had googled the distance and figured it wouldn't take that long and would be a neat way to see more of the park. Boy was I wrong.... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is one of my favorite attractions! I usually time it so that I will be able to watch the sun set on Lake Michigan! Don't pass over the stops, park and get out of the car and enjoy them! There are so many different stops with amazing views! I enjoy reading the booklet they give you as well, there... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is a great scenic attraction near the Sleeping Bear Dunes. There's lots of beautiful views of the dunes and Lake Michigan. There's also little traffic and it's definitely worth going if you're near the dunes.

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Dover, Delaware
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We enjoyed the sand dunes, the trees, and birds. There wasn't much traffic and we could take our time on the road.

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Detroit, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My mom, sister and I drove through this park on our way to Pyramid Point. There are a lot of great stops and photo opportunities. When you pay your enterance fee you get a map with all of the points of interest marked out. Not all of them were worth stopping for in our opinion but they definitely might be... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This drive has a map available with numbered attractions to stop and learn about. It is very hilly, a bit strenuous for a biker, and busy with cars driving, but I've seen bikers there too. Bring a camera, nice covered bridge- you must go, as the treat at the end- the view- is spectacular. Loved by all ages.

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