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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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One of the most beautiful areas in Michigan. The dunes are amazing to climb and run down. You can take a hike to Lake Michigan for those who want more adventure. I have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful areas in Michigan. The dunes are amazing to climb and run down. You can take a hike to Lake Michigan for those who want more adventure. I have visited this area for over 50 years and I never tire of seeing the big lake, the dunes and vistas from Empire Bluffs.

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hopkinsville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Came to the dunes on a sunday leisure drive. The wife and i were blown away by the sheer beauty of this area. We parked at the dune climb. Today it was free to enter but in the more populated seasons its a $10 entry free. The dune climb is no joke, but its great fun if you complete it.... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The most beautiful place in almost every season. Beaches are gorgeous, the dune climb is great (if you're young!) breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

For me, this area is all about the great hikes. Frankly, unless you're 10 and full of boundless energy, I'd skip the dune climb. I did it as a youngster, and wouldn't want to repeat the experience. Get a map of parks and trails and have at it. The view of the lakeshore from area trails is spectacular.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

If you are a frequent traveler, I think even you will be amazed with the hidden gem of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! One of the most gorgeous spots I have ever been. So easy to get to for our family from St. Louis. Not sure when we will venture the drive back to the ocean now that we have... More 

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White Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My son decided to go down the almost sheer drop off sand dune by the lake, boy am I glad I didn't go with him! You better be in good physical shape if you decide to go down! BUT it was so much fun to watch all the people go down and then struggle to get back up, including my... More 

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Troy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We took a snow shoeing tour with the visitors center in Empire. These take place every Saturday in winter at 1 pm (check the website for details). Met there at 1 pm, got a short explanation and the shoes and off we went. Ranger Matt took us to Treets farm and then for a hike, which ended on at Lake... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

So beautiful and breathtaking! The blue water of Lake Michigan stretches forever like you are looking over at the open ocean. It is contrasted with the pale color of the powdery sand dunes. It feels so surreal to see such magnificent nature's beauty and grandeur. It's so heavenly!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Whether you want to stop for just a few minutes to check out the dunes, or you want to stay and hang out all day at the beach, this is the perfect place for friends and family alike. The dunes are amazing to see and are a challenging climb. The beach is wonderful. If you enjoy nature, I'd recommend a... More 

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Honor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Beautiful dunes with peace and tranquility! Great fishing on the Platte River in downtown Honor with salmon and steelhead runs!

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