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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Address: 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630-9797
Phone Number: 231-326-5134
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Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Walking
Description: This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan...
This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.
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Gorgeous lake vistas and quiet woods - a natural treasure

Despite seasonally chilly temperatures, clouds, wind and rain, we enjoyed our visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes and hope to return soon. We toured the Pierce Stocking Drive twice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Brookfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is the most stunningly beautiful spot and area you can find. The one negative is that it is not very handicapped friendly. However, my hubby climbed this 200 foot high dune and was stunned to see another higher one in front of him! The one area that was handicapped accessible was breathtakingly beautiful as you sit on top of... More 

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Brookfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Despite seasonally chilly temperatures, clouds, wind and rain, we enjoyed our visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes and hope to return soon. We toured the Pierce Stocking Drive twice, stopped for a picnic lunch, and hiked the Cottonwood Trail for a real dune ecosystem experience. The views from the overlooks were spectacular, and while we did not get to the dune... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, dramatic, breathtaking heights of sand dunes towering over Lake Michigan....deep quiet woodlands as you drive along the park roads. Wonderful visit! Don't miss it!

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Dearborn, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you live in Michigan this is a must do on your list. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is the perfect getaway from your day to day life. The view is breath taking and it has something for the adventurous hiker to someone who just wants to stroll and take in all the natural beauty. Be sure to use your map... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We visited the first day the park was open after a terrible storm. The park staff had done ab amazing hob getting it cleaned up from the storm damage,. The dune hike us 5 miles to Lake Michigan (which we did not realize). You do need to be in great shape to climb the dunes. Also, we had considered swimming... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

There are a couple of dune climbs, the main one and then one on the scenic drive lookout 9 and 10 I believe. Both are great for the kids and quite spectacular. The one on the scenic drive lookout is a 600' drop in about 100' straight to the lake, obviously you need to be in good shape to do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We visit this site multiple times a year. It is a great workout and a great adventure. Seeing Lake Michigan and Manitou islands is a beautiful site. Best to do early in the morning or later in the afternoon so it is not too hot. About 4 miles round trip. Def bring water and do not walk all the way... More 

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Sparta, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We went to the Sleeping Bear Dunes on a day when it was overcast and had spotty rainfall. But we enjoyed it anyway! The views are amazing (just watch for the wind so you don't eat the sand like we did!) and the stops along the way are well marked and neat to see. There were plenty of people around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We hiked in different parts of the park over two days with our family of five. Teenagers loved the dunes and we found the trails quite well maintained

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A treasure to visit and spend time taking in the history and timeless beauty of the region. Cherries and endless hiking terrain for all ages to enjoy.

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