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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
Owner description: This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking...
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Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Walking
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I ventured up the famed Sleeping Bear Dunes during our honeymoon stay in nearby Traverse City. With an intense child-like anticipation, we parked at the Dune Climb and jumped out to start our adventure. Boy were we in for a hike! Whew! It was freezing cold and windy the day we went, but we were excited anyway.... More 

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Maumee, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Took the family up here after much hype / pressure from coworkers and such. Have to say other than sightseeing there really isn’t much to do. We did like Lake Michigan but man is it cold, don’t plan on swimming unless you want to freeze....Even in July. Tried some hiking but the mosquitoes almost carried us away, man were they... More 

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Bloomingdale, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Stunning vistas from every vantage point. Don't miss it. Get out of the car and hike to the viewing areas for the real views.

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Cumberland, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Sleeping Bear Dunes is well worth a visit even if you only have a few hours. Easy to drive through and a short walk to look over the cliffs of the dunes. We found it to be very easy to get to and worth the entrance fee.

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Frisco, Texas
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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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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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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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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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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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