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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 10 attractions in Empire
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Honor,MI
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Having lived here before it became a National Park, I have to say that I'm glad the park protects the land from exploitation, but luring THOUSANDS of visitors each summer is an exploitation of it's own.

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Thompsonville, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This beautiful part of northern Michigan has miles of sand beaches and vistas that are out of this world. Pack a picnic lunch and eat along Stocking Drive and then dive a short distance to Glen Haven to swim. If you are the athletic type, do a dune walk along the many trails in the park. The lakeshore was voted... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The bear climb was neat...but hard! Be careful! It gets really steep at times. It was a little hard to go back to the bottom!

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Dayton, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

What a glorious national treasure. Our family had it all to ourselves when we trekked out here during spring break. Can you even imagine?! We didn't see another person all day. The lake was still *frozen* and it made for such beauty and glimmer. The dunes were easily hiked and sand seems to be much easier to walk one when... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Northwest Michigan, true to its state’s slogan, is pure. Its purity is obvious when standing atop the golden grass-laced, gigantic sand dunes, and looking around, the only thing to behold is beauty. The view in every direction is rich and vivid in color. As the soft, crisp breeze blows against your face, the matchless smell of cedars fills the air... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We took this trip at the end of September. Though that weekend was unusually cold,we really enjoyed our trip. We stayed in a hotel at Beulah which was a nice small town and the drive from there to Philip. A. Hart Visitor Center was a wonderful experience. It was kind of remote to me,but very beautiful. I was a bit... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Beautiful drive up here - it makes me want to have a cabin here!! You will feel like you in a far away place.... amazing!! All you hear is nature and the views from the top of the dunes are gorgeous.

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Lansing, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I have been here countless times over the years, and it never gets old. There is no arguing on why National Geographic named this place most beautiful spot in America along with Good Morning America. It will make your jaw drop as you stare out into the blue abyss and reflect on how beautiful our Mitten really is. Relaxing breezes.... More

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Akron, Ohio
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We made this our vacation destination for a week at the end of July. The overlook along the Pierce Stocking Drive is worth the cost of admission. Vertigo could be a problem if one is effected. The roadway is steep, both upwards and downwards on a bicycle or if you are hiking. The trail to the summit is challenging as... More

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Most people go to the Dunes in the summer, but it is even more breathtaking in the winter. The scenery shifts with each snowfall, and the wooded trails are peaceful. Do stop at the visitors' center before heading to the trails. The staff is very helpful with recommending hikes depending on weather conditions, etc.

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