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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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Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Walking
Description: This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan...
This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.
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Incredible views, long hike!

The Sleeping Bear Dunes are simply incredible to see. No picture can justify their true beauty! We were determined to make the 3.5 mile hike to the lakeshore, and did it and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the scenic drive thru the park. Glad that the park service supplies a self guided map for the drive. Wish there was more than the 12 stops but still very peaceful and relaxing. We went on a Wednesday so there was barely anyone on the drive. Also visited the Dune Climb but did not climb it. Ranger said that... More 

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Flushing, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I usually hike to the top of the dunes and then follow the marked trail to Lake Michigan. I find it fun to follow the walk with a dip in the cold waters of the lake.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Sleeping Bear Dunes are simply incredible to see. No picture can justify their true beauty! We were determined to make the 3.5 mile hike to the lakeshore, and did it and made it back to the car in about 3 hours. Definitely make sure you bring along snacks and plenty of water!

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Romulus, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great all around. Many hiking trails, hard to believe dunes in Michigan! Near to both Empire and Glen Arbor as well as Lake Michigan and Glen Lake.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A beautiful feature in nature. The scenic drive was very pretty and we took a picnic lunch to eat at one of the many available tables. It was windy and cold in May, but still worth the drive. The hikes are for the young and fit, not anyone with mobility issues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I really enjoyed going to hike through Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was occasionally difficult in the sand but so worth it. The views are amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

It was a nature's gift to the mankind. Only by seeing one can believe how such a dune can be formed at such a height. Michigan Lake was marvelous and just for the scenic beauty of the place, visit is highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We started climbing the dune near the parking lot, expecting to get to the top in 15 minutes, take a few photos and return to our car. Whoa. This hike is a lot further than you think! When you get to the top of the dune you can see from the parking lot, there's a valley and another high dune.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We went here in June 2012. We will go again. For those of us in the Midwest, we understand our nature doesn't match the beauty of the Rockies or the ocean. We thought this until we went to Sleeping Bear. We traveled the main trail (scenic drive) and a few other areas. None of these disappointed. Hundreds of feet of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This whole region is beautiful, but the Sleeping Bear Dunes are not to be missed. I had been there as a kid with my family, but my only memory was of running down the hot sand on a crowded dune. My husband had never been to the dunes, although we've visited the area many times over the years. This time... More 

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