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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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Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Wow! Be prepared. The dunes are nothing I've ever seen before. Very unique experience. Be prepared to get a full workout climbing. It's not for the faint of heart. Many people took lots of breaks. Bring water. Once we got up high it was windy so bring light jacket if cool out. The biggest surprise is once you get up... More

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend experiencing Sleeping Bear Dunes! I did a lot of research before my husband and I went, and I'm GLAD I did!!! We enjoyed the views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan in addition to the sandy terrain around us. What help us enjoy our hike was being prepared...#1 WEAR TENNIS/RUNNING SHOES...#2 BRING WATER....and #3 SUN SCREEN!!!!! We... More

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Mundelein, Illinois, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I was not prepared for how beautiful the place is! The town of Empire is your first stop. There you will find a visitor center that will help you reach the park. I would advise bringing a cooler with food and water after Empire there's not much else in the way of food. Prepare for lots of walking and some... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes. There is a visitor center in Empire. Stop there first to get a park map and a schedule of ranger talks for the day. The park itself covers a lot of land. We did Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The drive is about 7.5 miles long and has 12 numbered stops. You... More

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Minneapolis
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The reason I wanted to visit is because of some pictures I saw of a large sand dune that dropped steeply down to a sparkling Lake Michigan. People run down this dune to the lake and then climb back up again. Supposedly it's a 450 foot drop. There is also something in the park called the "Dune Climb". They are... More

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Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is really quite a site to see. Be sure you have water or something to drink. If it is hot, you will need water as you hike up the dunes. There aren't a lot of food options around the area, so eat before you go. The views along the way are beautiful as well. Quaint little towns along the... More

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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163 reviews 163 reviews
37 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The whole thing is beautiful, lots to do and see, interesting historical sites, great beaches, and easy to get around. Friendly park staff.

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Los Angeles, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
61 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My favorite place in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the village of Empire. For the perfect summer escape Empire just can't be beat. Lake Michigan sparkles with its blue hues and is so lovely to swim in. The bluffs are majestic and a walk along the trail will take your breath away. South Bar Lake is ideal for paddle... More

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Amazing. The views are incredible. There are about 3km of dunes with plenty of hiking challenge through the sands. Beautiful views from the top. As you crest each dune, you are rewarded with a spectacular view each time. This is worth every step. Take plenty of water.

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Northville, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The scenery is beautiful. The dunes and lakes are amazing; however it is wall-to-wall people. Never a moment alone. It's a big tourist area

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