Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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.
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  • Jesus4life72385
    Dry Ridge, Kentucky40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park!
    We hiked part of the Dune Trail, went on the scenic drive, went to the beach, and our daughter earned her junior ranger badge. This is a beautiful lakeshore. We didn't have enough time to do everything and we will definitely be going back to experience all of it. If you like hiking and exploring nature, this is a great place to do it.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • MB122918
    95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full day of gorgeous views
    Easily could spend days here hiking the trails and stopping to explore each area off the driving path. We had perfect weather for some fantastic views. Definitely stop by the visitor center and ask to watch the short film (which they play on request) as it's very informative about the park and some of the Native history. Just be mindful of your activity level if you decide to do the dune climb - at the overlook (I think it was marked 9 or 10 on a map we got from the visitor center), the dune down to the lake is around 500 feet and almost vertical, with a sign stating a hefty fine if they have to send someone out to rescue you from the bottom. Even the younger, fit people were breathing heavily once back at the top. There are smaller, less steep dunes you can climb throughout the park that are more suitable for those wanting a bit of a challenge.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Ginger Designer S
    Paw Paw, Michigan10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful intro to a national park.
    The views are spectacular. Climbing the dunes, while outside the park, is worth the little bit of extra time. Such fun. Be sure to do the full tour first before you want to spend time at a particular spot.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Deb C
    Milton, Delaware281 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do Adventure
    This park was so awesome ! Start out by stopping by the visitors center in Empire. Here you can pick up maps, souvenirs and a stamp for your passport book. Chat with the staff there on the highlights of the park based on your interests. We wanted to take short hike so we found out the best trail for that. Drive up the road to the entrance to the park. Each stop is well marked and has parking. The views are breathtaking! To think that the dunes were created from a lake and not an ocean is mind boggling. There was one stop to walk to the top of the dune and look down. A sign informs you that if they need to come down to rescue you the fine is $3000. Steep as the dune going down Every stop is more beautiful than the one prior. Will definitely do this park again
    Thank you
    Written January 27, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty of scenery
    We enjoyed our visit to this National Lakeshore. We were more interested in scenic views and hiking than in a beach visit, so we didn't ever actually go to the lake itself. We started our visit at the visitor center, where there were friendly people and a small giftshop, and we could get maps, advice, and a National Park Passport stamp. We also picked up a brochure for the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, which showed each stop and give a short description - this drive was one of our favorite activities that we did at the park. The area is a bit spread out along the lakeshore, which makes sense, but there was plenty of parking as we drove around to the various places we wanted to see. This was our first visit to a National Lakeshore (there are only 3 of them) and it definitely met our expectations and then some.
    Thank you
    Written January 27, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Capt R
    77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rated # 1 scenic place in the U.S. and they were not kidding.
    We have seen this Lakeshore from the water on boat trips coming across the Lake from Wisconsin but never came here by vehicle. We drove here from northern Wisconsin where we live with our van camper and enjoyed 4 great days in this park. The scenery and overlooks are spectacular! Just driving the roads in the park and in nearby areas is worth it. We camped at Platte River Campground and DH Day campground. Platte River is an exceptional campground and if we ever go back would spend the whole time there. Nice private wooded sites and first class bathrooms and facilities. One could easily spend a week here. Nearby Glen Arbor is a really nice village with stores and restaurants worth checking out. Make sure to visit historic Glen Haven and tour the village there and museums.
    Thank you
    Written January 3, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Mindy
    Louisville, Kentucky44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking
    We went for the hiking and were not disappointed. It snowed while we were here, which we were thankful for, we love a good snow hike. Also, minimal people, only encountered three other people on the trails. If you like hiking I strongly recommend the Dune Climb, it was awesome!
    Thank you
    Written December 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
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Linda L
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Beautiful seasshore with sand dunes. Well worht the stop. You can follow their drive schedule and stop at various locations for different views.
Written March 18, 2024
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Written March 19, 2024
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punky_one
Clinton, IA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
All I can say is pictures DO NOT do this place justice!! It is absolutely amazing in person. One of the coolest places I’ve ever been to. When you stand on the deck and look out it’s like you’re in a different world. Just incredible. We weren’t up to the climb but you could take the sand straight down to the water. The climb/crawl up would be a struggle if you aren’t in shape. This is such a cool place. We will go back every year.
Written February 2, 2024
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Written February 3, 2024
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Mindy
Louisville, KY44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We went for the hiking and were not disappointed. It snowed while we were here, which we were thankful for, we love a good snow hike. Also, minimal people, only encountered three other people on the trails. If you like hiking I strongly recommend the Dune Climb, it was awesome!
Written December 7, 2023
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Written December 27, 2023
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Teakwo23
Palm Harbor, FL4,678 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Pretty cool to visit once. Make sure you are in good shape just to make it to the top of the view. Gets windy and cold in the fall.
Written November 6, 2023
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Written December 7, 2023
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Capt R
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We have seen this Lakeshore from the water on boat trips coming across the Lake from Wisconsin but never came here by vehicle. We drove here from northern Wisconsin where we live with our van camper and enjoyed 4 great days in this park. The scenery and overlooks are spectacular! Just driving the roads in the park and in nearby areas is worth it. We camped at Platte River Campground and DH Day campground. Platte River is an exceptional campground and if we ever go back would spend the whole time there. Nice private wooded sites and first class bathrooms and facilities. One could easily spend a week here. Nearby Glen Arbor is a really nice village with stores and restaurants worth checking out. Make sure to visit historic Glen Haven and tour the village there and museums.
Written October 29, 2023
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Written January 3, 2024
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to this National Lakeshore. We were more interested in scenic views and hiking than in a beach visit, so we didn't ever actually go to the lake itself. We started our visit at the visitor center, where there were friendly people and a small giftshop, and we could get maps, advice, and a National Park Passport stamp. We also picked up a brochure for the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, which showed each stop and give a short description - this drive was one of our favorite activities that we did at the park.

The area is a bit spread out along the lakeshore, which makes sense, but there was plenty of parking as we drove around to the various places we wanted to see. This was our first visit to a National Lakeshore (there are only 3 of them) and it definitely met our expectations and then some.
Written October 1, 2023
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Thank you
Written January 27, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Deb C
Milton, DE281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This park was so awesome ! Start out by stopping by the visitors center in Empire. Here you can pick up maps, souvenirs and a stamp for your passport book. Chat with the staff there on the highlights of the park based on your interests. We wanted to take short hike so we found out the best trail for that. Drive up the road to the entrance to the park. Each stop is well marked and has parking. The views are breathtaking! To think that the dunes were created from a lake and not an ocean is mind boggling. There was one stop to walk to the top of the dune and look down. A sign informs you that if they need to come down to rescue you the fine is $3000. Steep as the dune going down Every stop is more beautiful than the one prior.
Will definitely do this park again
Written September 25, 2023
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Written January 27, 2024
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Royceann M
Overland Park, KS132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Loved hiking here! The views are breathtaking and we experienced everything from wooded areas to the dunes.
Written August 20, 2023
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Thank you
Written January 27, 2024
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Ginger Designer S
Paw Paw, MI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The views are spectacular. Climbing the dunes, while outside the park, is worth the little bit of extra time. Such fun. Be sure to do the full tour first before you want to spend time at a particular spot.
Written August 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MB122918
Pensacola, Florida95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Easily could spend days here hiking the trails and stopping to explore each area off the driving path. We had perfect weather for some fantastic views. Definitely stop by the visitor center and ask to watch the short film (which they play on request) as it's very informative about the park and some of the Native history. Just be mindful of your activity level if you decide to do the dune climb - at the overlook (I think it was marked 9 or 10 on a map we got from the visitor center), the dune down to the lake is around 500 feet and almost vertical, with a sign stating a hefty fine if they have to send someone out to rescue you from the bottom. Even the younger, fit people were breathing heavily once back at the top. There are smaller, less steep dunes you can climb throughout the park that are more suitable for those wanting a bit of a challenge.
Written August 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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