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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Address: 9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
Phone Number: 231-326-5134
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This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for...

This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.

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Fun family visit

We have fun every time that we come to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We have been going here for over 30 years and it never gets old. The kids love running up and down the large dune, the... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have fun every time that we come to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We have been going here for over 30 years and it never gets old. The kids love running up and down the large dune, the when you arrive. You can also hike back a few miles to Lake Michigan. This probably isn't for young children. It is 3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For years I've heard about the park and after several visits to Traverse City we decided to check it out and we were not disappointed. Check in at the park information office before exploring the park. Ask a ranger the best location for whatever it is your interested in doing. One recommendation was to take the scenic tour of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been to this place so many times in thea 60 years I cannot count them. It is always a treat to revisit the dunes. There are scenic drives and walking trails, great views. There can be a lot of other people but that does not necessarily detract from the experience. Climbing the dunes to the lakeshore is a... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent most of a day here, and could have easily come back for another day. The views were amazing, and the hiking was varied and interesting. Start at the visitors center and talk to the rangers - they had great tips and pointed us in the right direction. We spent the morning doing the Sleeping Bear Point Trail -... More 

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Flint, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

such a beautiful place! the biking trails are beautiful with a little hills, arriving in Glen Haven & finally to Glen Arbor such a nice place to visit & lake MI was so warm. We were extremely fortunate for beautiful weather.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the wife and 2 teenagers. We did the scenic drive. There were plenty of stops and places for pictures. Lake Michigan looks like the Caribbean as it is so blue and clear. Give yourself plenty of time if you want to climb down the dune to the lake and then back up. Take a few gallons of water along... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You know those stories where your grandparents said, "We used to walk uphill, in the snow, both ways." Well, now you can say you walked uphill in the sand, barefoot, for 3 miles to Lake Michigan and back! How do you even review this place? It is truly awe inspiring. You must go. We climbed the dune and hiked all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Looking at a map, you think eh, not much to do. However it was a full day of stopping everywhere, walking to the viewpoints and just being in awe of the beauty. No way was I walking down the dunes to the lakeshore but there were many that did. There are other locations in the park that you can get... More 

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Omaha, NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you haven't been to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, you should go at least once. There is a gift shop/information center that you can stop in and view a short video if you want more information about the Dunes and get a map. From there you can take a 5-10 minute drive down the road to the scenic Sleeping Bear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

BEST sand dunes we have ever experienced! BREATH TAKING VIEWS EVERY WHERE! Park is STUNNING and super clean! I can't believe that these dunes are a strap as they are. My friends walked down these breath taking STEEP dunes and swam in Lake Michigan. Then they preceded to climb up 460 feet straight back up. Do NOT attempt to walk... More 

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