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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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Plymouth, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is the second time I've hiked Sleeping Bear Dunes. September is a great time to hike with temps in the high 50's to low 60's. Bring plenty of water and snacks or meal on your hike to the water and dare yourself to swim in Lake Michigan! The views from the dunes are an experience you will never forget.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

For the rest of my life I will never forget the Sleeping Bear Dunes. We were staying at the Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast on a Monday and had checked in late. We traveled specifically to the area to see the dunes so we decided to head out to check them out. I'll never forget walking up wooden steps and... More

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Gentofte
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Very much worth a visit - What a view - Sand and sea - Check out the National Park rules and consider getting a Park Pass - it might save you some money if you plan to visit otehr National parks

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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118 reviews 118 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If your in the area take the time to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and climb the Dunes with the family. It is a wonderful experience offering a rich view of Little and Big Glenn Lakes. The scenic drive is a lovely experience offering some short hikes and beautiful views. I have camped here and it is a... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We love visiting the dunes. Our favorite walk is the Empire Bluff trail, which is quite short...about a mile...and has a breath taking view.

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Tomah, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

i was first at sleeping bear dunes in 2009 & had such a great view , that i wanted to go back & experience it again. we went in august 2014 & the weather was great & not too many tourists. it's awesome to see the 450 foot dropoff . lake michigan is so clean looking & has such a... More

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Hell, Michigan
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333 reviews 333 reviews
91 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We've been here on many day trips thru the years and this is our 2nd camping trip at Platte River. The campground is excellent and our fellow campers are quiet and respectful. Perhaps its noisier in the height of summer. The campsite is excellent which is why we returned. The park itself has beautiful scenery along with great hiking trails.... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

It's tough to picture sand dunes and blue/green waters in the far north but that what this area offers. It's clean, beautiful and welcoming. Everyone should see it at least once.

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Brillion, Wisconsin
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59 reviews 59 reviews
3 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Did a side trip here during our week stay in Traverse City. The Pierce Stocking drive is a winding road with many scenic pullouts, some that include a short hike to amazing views of the dunes on Lake Michigan. It was a beautifully cool sunny day, perfect for short walks to see the dunes. Down the road a bit is... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We really enjoy going to National parks and this is no exception. What a fabulous place to visit. We enjoyed seeing the dunes but, we're not able to make such a climb so we took the driving tour on Pierce Stocking Drive. The sights of the lake from some of the stops are spectacular. There is also a nice stop... More

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