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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are vacationing in Michigan you must do this drive! I live in Michigan and we do this scenic drive every year. Great views of the Glen lakes and Lake Michigan.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank R3107YCdavidd
Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

Such a beautiful scenic drive in the fall. I think it is better towards the end of fall when much of the leaves are scattered over the black top road.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CaptDarrrrrow
Reviewed November 28, 2018

We really enjoyed this drive, and the various stops along the way. It was beautiful scenery, lots of interesting sights, and well presented. The little newspapaer they give your eally helps you understand what to look for. If you're in the area, this is something...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank South_Georgia_boy
Reviewed November 12, 2018

One should not miss this scenic drive while visiting sleeping bear dunes. You can see spectacular colors in Fall.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Varsha G
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We did catch the Fall Foliage of the Sleeping Bear Dunes and some wildlife along the scenic drive. Very pretty part of NW Michigan and the Park is unusual, as is most of the National Parks.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Fred J
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Lovely drive with various stops and outlooks through the forest and out onto the dunes. Take your time and enjoy the views.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jalowu
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Lots of beautiful places to stop. Small fee i believe for a park pass, ask for the map it has all the stops described on it.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sabinocanyoneluv
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Do not miss this drive if you are nearby! The views are breathtaking! This was my first time taking the drive in the fall. We are usually here in summer. Fall colors are absolutely beautiful!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jeneeo
Reviewed October 28, 2018

On a color tour a few weeks ago, we were traveling from Traverse City to Empire. I looked up what to do in Empire and this national park came up. It is a hidden gem. We were given a map that showed points of interest...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Doubrava1
Reviewed October 22, 2018

The scenery is breathtaking and beautiful. Well worth a drive to take this drive. The road is single lane and just goes in one direction with several places to stop and take a closer look at the sights. Good mix of dunes, vistas and forests.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Terry B
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May 20, 2018|
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Response from RobertW2h483MD | Reviewed this property |
The Pierce Stocking drive is by far the best introduction to this park. It has bits of all the best aspects of the park. The Empire Bluff trail is very good, especially in Spring and early Summer when the walk to the lake... More
Christine B
May 7, 2018|
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Response from Doc067 |
It is a one way drive. One turns into the park just south of the dunes. If you have a pass it is free. It is 30 minutes if you don't stop. Caution on going down the dunes to Lake Michigan. Coming back up is extremely... More
Elizabeth R
January 25, 2018|
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Response from R B | Reviewed this property |
If you can, go in the spring, summer or fall. You will miss a great deal in the winter, and the roads may be a tad treacherous. Keep in mind the rates for hotels go up significantly in the areas from Memorial Day to Labor... More
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Just got back from staying at Arbor Woods Oaks in Glen Arbor, Michigan. Found it at Michigan's website. Normally, this place rents by the week, but since it was off-season, the owner kindly let us rent for 3 nights midweek. Over the years we've stayed at cabins and cottages from rustic to funky to very modern. This was absolutely the best place we ever stayed! Everything you could expect to need was there in this lovely, spacious 3 bedroom-2 bathroom house. Every kitchen utensil you could...More
September 26, 2009|
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Sleeping Bear Dunes -- Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (4 Replies)
A few weeks ago, I was dismayed to see the NPS notice on the Sleeping Bear Dunes website that the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive would close after Labor Day due to the sequester. Today, I'm happy to see that this scenic drive will now be open until October 20! So, while some things will be unavailable after Labor Day, at least this popular drive will be available to those of us doing fall travel.
August 24, 2013|
Response fromSteelerFanTransplant|
Thanks for the info. I would have been very disappointed if the drive was closed when we visit on Sept 13th.
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Traverse City Road Trip (2 Replies)
First of all, I would like to thank 13Ezra for the Days Inn tip. We did stay there for 2 nights with a continental breakfast daily. I would also like to thank all the other posters on the forum for the Traverse City advice. Day 1 We checked into Days Inn and asked for a suggestion for dinner. The front desk suggested North Peak Brewing Company. First we browsed the shops and found the Cherry Republic with all their delicious samples. Then found our way to the North Peak Brewing Company –...More
August 02, 2012|
Response fromtymetraveler222|
Thanks again for another trip report, so glad to see you posting one (or 2, or 3...lol). TC is a fun place to go. Can't wait to read your Frankenmuth TR. I waved at you when you were in Fmuth, did you see me? ;)