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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Address: 9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
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+1 231-326-5134
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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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Great hikes, beautiful views

We spent 2 nights camping in Sleeping Bear and enjoyed hiking the Empire Bluff Trail. Great length for elementary-age kids. Pyramid Point trail was also fun, but our kids enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is very beautiful. The dunes are amazing and the water is teal blue. The Dune climb is very cool. The loop is okay, it brings you to some good spots but its hard to find parking. My only complaint was that tourists are so disrespectful of our protected places. In many places where it asked people to stay... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent 2 nights camping in Sleeping Bear and enjoyed hiking the Empire Bluff Trail. Great length for elementary-age kids. Pyramid Point trail was also fun, but our kids enjoyed the Dune Climb the most. Things are very spread out, so plan on doing some driving.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore includes a number of excellent sites and is one of my favorite places to visit in Michigan. It really is a showcase for the natural beauty that Michiganders are so proud of. While many people hear Michigan and think Detroit, what comes to my mind is dazzling sand beaches and lakes so large they might... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just amazing! Views were breathtaking! Had no idea there were such large dunes in the US! Highly recommend the visitor's center first, then proceed through the park. We traveled in an RV and there is special RV parking throughout the park. We stopped at the epically tall dunes first. They have a sign. It will cost you money if they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sleeping Bear dunes park is must see if you enjoy good hike, beautiful views and scenic locales. We visited the park in December so it was freezing temperatures and snow everywhere, but the views were simply breathtaking. We hiked for couple of hours and took beautiful pictures of frozen lake on one side and Lake Michigan another. Kids had great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

An easy and peaceful drive through a unique landscape. There are many viewing opportunities and lots of pull- off places.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

The hike up the dunes is exhausting! When you think you're at the top it just keeps on goingggg! 😱 I'm not sure if you're actually able to get to the lakeshore from the dune climb but we didn't make it there, but we could see it from the top of the dunes. I do not recommend the climb in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Wow. The Sleeping Bear Dunes are incredible; I had no idea what to expect but the landscape is just stunning. You have to see it to believe it!

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

With the trip...beautiful...must see look out 9 and 10, the drive through the park is very nice,, saw a couple of deer. along the way

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Okay so we seriously didn't know what we got ourselves into. We thought you climb the first dune in front of the parking lot and the beach would be right there. Boy were we wrong, it's only about a 1.8 mile walk but it's through the dunes, multiple peaks you have to surpass. It's so worth it though becuase once... More 

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