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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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We took some out of state company there for the views and scenery. Never disappoints. Spectacular. Saw a Great Lakes freighter too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We took some out of state company there for the views and scenery. Never disappoints. Spectacular. Saw a Great Lakes freighter too.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We first visited Sleeping Bear Dunes one afternoon in the late Fall of 2014 on a driving trip, so we just had a few hours. In June, we went camping in the Leelanau Peninsula, and spent a day at Sleeping Bear Dunes. It's a fabulous area and the more time I spend there, the more I want to return and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I am so glad that we took the advice of a friend to visit here. If you are looking for a fast paced environment, try somewhere else. This is a whole different world, well off the beaten path. The area encompasses such a large area with hiking, beaches, and stories of its history. The visitors center in Empire is a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Wow, breathtaking views and incredible history. Not only will you enjoy the dunes, lake views, forest, and drive - but the incredible shipping and commerce history of this area just blew me away. I did not realize just how important this lake is to the economy and the incredible stories of heroism and hardship. Too many sights, sounds, and history... More 

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Berne, Indiana
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place. The beach we visited near Glen Arbor isn't the best if you want to get in the water, but the rest of our visit made up for that. You have to do the scenic drive.

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Orlando, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A truly awe-inspiring sight. A fun stop to stretch your legs. Be mindful to read signs especially if you want to see the lake as it's a bit of a hike all the way out - 3 miles. Bathrooms are on hand as well as water to rinse your feet. The gift shop has seasonal hours so best to be... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We were on a trip to Traverse city & Macinac islands. On the way , we visited sleeping bear dunes with family of 6. As you park your car, you feel that it is great, but you think it can be handled climbing. The climb is really wonderful & reaches you to a very good height. You realize that what... More 

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My family had a great time climbing the Dunes. What an experience what a sight. This is a must see for Michigan Residents and tourist.

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We did the scenic drive and the dune climb. The dune climb is a lot higher than it would first appear. The view is wonderful though. Walking up the dune in bare feet feels wonderful, however your feet and legs tire much quicker than they would on solid ground. The scenic drive was well laid out and if you get... More 

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Hartville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We spent a week here and it wasn't enough! So many beaches, trails and historic areas to visit and a week just isn't enough. Great way to unplug and reconnect as a family. Start your trip at the welcome center. The park rangers are great at answering questions! If you have kids be sure to ask about the junior ranger... More 

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Address: Address: 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630-9797
Phone Number: 231-326-5134
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Leelanau County  >  Empire

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