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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Address: 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630-9797
Phone Number: 231-326-5134
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This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for...

This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.

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Had never bern to that part of Michigan before but got the chance to go with friends from MI. The dunes and places around was awsome yet easely accessed. I'll be back!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had never bern to that part of Michigan before but got the chance to go with friends from MI. The dunes and places around was awsome yet easely accessed. I'll be back!

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The view is out of this world! We took the drive through the park and it was wonderful. We went in October so it was a little chilly but just bring a hat. Our kids couldn't get enough of the sand. Pack a lunch, relax and enjoy the view. There is a smaller dune for the family to climb just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to sleeping bear 3 times in my life, every time is memorable. The view is beautiful, the mythical story of a Mother's love will touch your heart. If you go in the spring...around May....take an umbrella, the caterpillars are abundant and hang/fall from the trees....you will need the protection :)

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time even in the winter and absolutely beautiful place. Nice shorelines, and even pet friendly areas so your dog can enjoy it too.

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Thank Aisha P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do yourself a favor and plan a trip to Sleeping Bear! The view are just out of this world....like something out of a fairy-tail. We had a fantastic day tubing down the Platte river and then headed over to the Dunes. An unforgettable adventure.

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salem, wi
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I usually visit here in late December as part of our vacation. It is very quiet and empty. The Pierce Stocking drive is usually closed to car traffic, which provides a wonderful hiking or snow shoeing experience with no one around. You can hear the wind blowing in the pines and see all the littler critter tracks... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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186 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a large park along Lake Michigan where there are huge sand dunes, tall cliffs adjoining the lake shore and several good trails for walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. It is very beautiful place and large enough that it doesn't feel crowded.

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Bad Axe, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I love to motorcycle trip around Michigan, and this park is always a beautiful place to stop and stretch our legs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can't beat the views and sunset over Lake Michigan. Great trails for year 'round outdoor fun, from hiking in the spring, summer and fall to cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing in the winter.

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Indianapolis
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love going here often. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive offers the best (steepest) dune that I know of, with a great overlook. Kids love these dunes, and adults alike! I recommend wearing shoes as you travel down them, as erosion has uncovered some sharper rocks that could be a surprise.

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