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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, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Walking
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Owner description: This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.

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Frisco, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Despite the hardship it takes to climb the tall dunes, it's obviously worth it once you reach the top. The views of Lake Michigan are good enough, but gazing upon Glen Lake is amazing. You absolutely can't miss this place while traveling up here,

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Dayton, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Even in October, this place is a site to see! While the dunes and shoreline are great anytime of year, the fall colors really come into play in October. In particular, the Pierce Stocking scenic driving tour is fantastic! The campgrounds available through the park are also excellent. All of this and the majority of the areas are also dog... More

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Dover, Delaware
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My husband and I along with a college friend visited Sleeping Bear Dunes. It's a bit confusing to figure out where the huge dune is actually located but it is on the drive #9. It's a bit of a walk but well worth it. We saw two hang-gliders in the park which were great to watch. There are panoramic views.... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We have visited the dunes many times over the years and it is always a nice day with great scenery that allows you to appreciate the beauty of northern Michigan. Our children have enjoyed running up and down the dunes (not the large dune by the lake) and to a lesser extent the scenery. We have snapped so many beautiful... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We've been going to this gorgeous western Michigan attraction for many years now and it never ceases to amaze and delight. Never over-touristy, from Betsie Pointe near Frankfort to Pryamid Pointe, gorgeous lakeshore and panoramic views. A dip in Lake Mich, a climb up the dunes are just a few of the "to do" activities. The whole of Michigan is... More

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Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Enter the park and go to the highest point. Its a little bit of a walk thru the sand to overlook the highest point but well worth the view!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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21 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The dunes are spectacular. We've been going there since the kids were little, 30 years or so. We've climbed down and back up- carrying a rock or two too! Great photo ops. Great outlook over Lake Michigan. You just have to go. There are some nice trails too, or just park and go on a very short boardwalk. Its your... More

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Grandville, Michigan
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited in October and had the ability to go mid-week. The colors were amazing and we practically had the entire area to ourselves. The scenic drive & dune climb aren't to be missed. Simply breathtakingly beautiful.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Beautiful park. Great shore line and some beaches. The dune hike is extremely strenuous. Make sure your are prepared. My family has hiked all over the USA. This hike was very hard. Deep sand and very hot in the summer. Easy to get dehydrated.

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Coggon
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We really enjoyed the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive which is a driving loop with 12 points of interest. The covered bridge was nice, the views stunning, and the tree colors beautiful. There is also a 110 foot dune climb but we opted not to do that. Glen Haven, a steaqmship stop, was closed at this time of year so were... More

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