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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630-9797
231-326-5134
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Empire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Walking
Traveler Description: As a frequent traveler to national and state parks...and a father of young kids, the initial choice of western Michigan was primarily for proximity... more »
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Mooresville, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This place will knock your socks off. We spent a few days during a week long vacation and I wish we would have just stayed here the whole time. The touristy uppity ups can have mackinac island! Ha! I'll take this place every day of the week and twice in Sundays! Just look at the pictures, none of them really... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I've been visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes area since I was a kid and there are so many fun things to do! I'm glad the park is receiving more national attention. I just returned from a trip to the dunes and saw more out of state plates than Michigan plates in the parking lots. The best way to experience the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I love this park. The dunes are beautiful and the water is amazing. We had so much fun climbing the "big dune", which is located at the end of the scenic drive. The dune goes almost straight down and takes a good 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to climb back up. There is a ton to do in the park... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Sleeping Bear is truly a national treasure. The beauty of this area is unbelievable. Try to make the effort to climb the dune, but take precautions. When we were there two separate groups had lost people and the DNR had to hike to look for them. Cell phones, etc are important. All the trails start to look alike after a... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you are anywhere near Sleeping Bear Dunes you have to go for a visit. If you can't make it all the way down to the bottom and back up at least go half way and sit for a while. This is one of the most majestic places I have ever been. It has been called one of the most... More

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Sao Bernardo Do Campo, SP
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This place is awesome! I already visited other dunes in Brazil but this place is really nice. The view from the top is wonderful it worths the efforts to climb.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Great place for a photographer and families. I've captured some of my best landscape and portrait work at Sleeping Bear. Just get up early or stay late to avoid the crowds at popular spots and use a polarizing filter to make the sky pop.

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Peoria, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I just came back from the Sleeping Bear Dunes and that was an awesome experience. I highly recommend it. The dunes are beautiful and it is a great way to exercise. The ten dollar pass that got you into the park lasted for a full week or I believe that you could buy a whole year pass for $20. I... More

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New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Not for the weak hearted! Breathtaking views Peaceful ambience. Near vertical tall (1100 feet!) dunes Don't miss the junior rangers program

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Jenison, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most gorgeous places in michigan. There are trails to hike as well as dunes to climb. They have a long bike trail that they are adding on to.

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