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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been to the dunes several times. The hike was fun but tiring if you want to hike all the way to see the lake. The dunes are amazing. This is one of the must see places in Michigan!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Vacationer221387
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’ve always wanted to visit this park and finally had the opportunity. Make sure you take the Stocking scenic drive for the best experience. We walked the Cottonwood trail, climbed the dunes, and were in awe at the scenic Lake Michigan overlook. Great park -...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pfefmeister
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Park is beautiful. We drove from Traverse city, and drove on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (It was nice and green in summer and it's probably breathtaking during the foliage season). There were stopover points with signs and explanations. Views are amazing. We took the trail...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank travelladdict2015
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

I don’t recommend going on a windy day because it is REALLY windy on the dunes, but it is absolutely gorgeous. Amazing views of Lake Michigan. Fall colors in full glory. It was an amazing place to stop and see on the way to Traverse...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank windowcleaninginc
Reviewed November 20, 2018

We went with a group of people to traverse city and all were excited to visit this place. After traveling 1hour from the city we reached here. While reaching we have seen many attractions and we ate our lunch in the woods. That was an...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank venky k
Reviewed November 19, 2018

My wife and I spent a long weekend in Traverse City and took a morning to drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes. I visited here several times as a child, and it's still just as beautiful. Amazing views from above the lake. Good idea to come...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 11SJ987
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We are National Parks enthusiasts and we found NW Michigan very pretty and quite enjoyable. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore is very neat. The found the surrounding countryside of neat small towns and villages a quaint surprise. The Park visitor’s center is open year round.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Fred J
Reviewed November 10, 2018

We went out to hike the big sand dune. My GPS had a hard time finding the place and took out down some unpaved roads. The guides were very helpful. Parking at the dune was easy and felt safe. The dune was busy but did...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank imlaura2
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Sleeping Bear Dunes has always been on my list. An easy drive up from where we stay in southern Michigan. Bigger than I even imagined and gorgeous. Take the time to hike some trails and see the many views in this area.

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

Beaches are crystal clear. Everyone is friendly. Great place to escape. Mile and miles of different beaches to visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
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August 25, 2018|
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Response from jstock2431 | Reviewed this property |
There is nobody posted there to prevent you from doing that. Good luck. Post it on YouTube so I can see how it turns out!
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August 7, 2018|
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Response from 116sibylleb | Reviewed this property |
I do not know, but you could call the office in Empire, MI 231-326-4700
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Response from R G | Reviewed this property |
Agreed, Crystal River folks are great. Enjoy!