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Colorful drive

One should not miss this scenic drive while visiting sleeping bear dunes. You can see spectacular... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Varsha G
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Michigan
neat drive

We did catch the Fall Foliage of the Sleeping Bear Dunes and some wildlife along the scenic drive... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Fred J
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Florida Keys, Florida
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Varsha G
Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

Thank Fred J
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank jalowu
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank sabinocanyoneluv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!!

Thank jeneeo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Doubrava1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Terry B
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

We did not have a lot of time to spend at the park however we did want to see this and do it. The purest stocking drive was recommended to get an overview of the park. We intend to go there again in the summer...More

2  Thank Fastphilad
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Took a car club group of 25 Jaguars thru the scenic drive. Nice roads, great views, even a covered bridge to go thru. It doesnt get much better.

Thank Oodnil
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We don't have any covered bridges near where I live so I had to pull over and take this covered bridge picture.

Thank lvsdx
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Lew1120
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
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Christine B
May 7, 2018|
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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
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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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