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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 12 attractions in Empire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Delray Beach, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It is a one of a kind view...those 450 feet high dunes take your breath away! You can see them or if you are more ambitious and in shape you can take up to 2 hours and climb them....

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Catawba, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The Dune Climb was fun. More rigorous than I thought but a good workout and fun just the same. We also enjoyed hiking and scenic drives here. Nice family fun!

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I read numerous reviews on how beautiful the National Lakeshore is, but words cannot describe it. I have never seen such large dunes and such blue water (outside of the Carribean). Did not do the largest climb because we had our young boys and it was late in the day. My 15-year-old nephew did it, and he said it was... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We did the drive to the dunes and we did the climb first. What a workout. It was a journey to the top, but once you get up there the view was spectacular. I recommend bringing water and definitely go up barefoot if it is not an extremely hot day. The run down was hilarious. I saw a number of... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Did the scenic drive, beautiful, saw the 450 foot dunes - don't try unless you think you can really climb up them. We did the 110 foot dunes and that was a nice taste of how out of shape we all were. Beautiful views. Water is Caribbean blue. Must see and do.

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Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Dune climb is a must. Take water and best to go barefoot. Lovely views. Running down is common and falling is ok...in the sand! Have fun.

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michigan
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111 reviews 111 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Spend a day at North Bar Lake. Great family swimming area. Climb Pyramid Peak or at least hike back to it. The whole area is a must see.

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Grand Ledge, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is one for the whole family! You must take you kids to see this national treasure...Don't forget the scenic drive has to be driven as well!

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Flat Rock, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We spent the day doing the scenic drive and climbing the dunes. The staff at the Hart visitor Center were extremely nice and informative

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Roscommon, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Definitely, before you go, know the area/ talk to someone who knows the area really well. THIS IS A MUST!!!!! Do NOT go there without knowing everything to see and experience! I have been out there 4 times all with friends. I recommend seeing Empire Bluffs, Dune Climb, and the Scenic Drive, and eat at Glen Harbor. The Dune Climb... More

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