Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Historic Walking Areas • National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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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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CJFergi
Cornelius, NC110 contributions
A great place to visit for summer vacation
Jul 2021 • Couples
Wow! So beautiful and different from anywhere we have ever been. The dunes are huge, the water is Caribbean blue, and the scenic drive is beautiful.
Written July 30, 2021
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pshurd
Everywhere USA659 contributions
Gorgeous views & a mix of history & geology on the informative signage
Jul 2021
We started the visit with a stop at Phillip A Hart Visitor's Center. We both have our Senior Park Passes, so they gave us a National Park Card sleeve to hang from our Rearview Mirror when entering the Pierce Stocking Scenic drive or parking at any of the trailheads. Then on to the scenic drive. There are several suggested stops on the brochure handout & most had scenic views of Lake Michigan and/or the dunes. The NPS app's titled stops do not match the current numbers on the road, but it was easy to figure it out. Although not the most exciting of drives we have taken through recent National Park visits, it is well worth the time & we had absolutely gorgeous weather (clear, sunny, & high 70's with a slight breeze) for our stop. Lake Michigan is as blue as blue can be & reminds us of ocean views. It was fun watching the folks run/slide down the dunes & then start the long 450' slog back up. Signs warn of how difficult the climb can be on the slippery hot sand, but all that we saw seemed happy & healthy. We expended enough energy trudging through the slight uphill to the viewpoint platform of the Dunes Overlook, so didn't give it a try. We didn't take any hikes yet, we plan to visit again later this week.
Written July 26, 2021
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Carl
Illinois29 contributions
Beautiful
Jul 2021
The lakeshore is beautiful to view from a distance and to walk down to from the top of the bluffs. The sand feels nice and it is very white. It’s my favorite thing to do in Northern Michigan!
Written July 24, 2021
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Joseph H
Beavercreek, OH719 contributions
Truncated Hike of Sleeping Bear Point Trail
Jul 2021
My wife and I hiked a small portion of the Sleeping Bear Point Trailhead. This is a 2.8 mile 'strenuous' sand trail = yes, you pretty much walk in deep sand for almost three miles. We thus only walked a quarter mile or so to get a view of Lake Michigan, then returned to the car. There were wineries to be visited - why waste time trudging around in sand? That's for kids.
Written July 22, 2021
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NormaRae03
Waukesha, WI283 contributions
Enjoy the National Lakeshore
Jun 2021
Our first stop was the visitor center, to get a map and watch a short video, which was worthwhile. We took the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and got out at several places. The view is spectacular. the beauty is breathtaking. We then went to the Dune Climb. What an experience. It is amazing. This is a great place for families to visit.
Written July 18, 2021
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kmz88
Chicago, IL245 contributions
Must see!
Jul 2021
Beautiful place. Has sand dunes, beaches, woods. Perfect for hiking or relaxing. Went on a weekend, but not very crowded. With such a long beach you can easily find a secluded spot.
Written July 12, 2021
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Sue M
1 contribution
Camping at Platte River
Jul 2021 • Couples
My husband and I camped at Platte River campground site 211 for 8 nights. We hiked, rode our bikes on various bike trails, visited wineries. The campground facilities were the cleanest I have ever seen and the campground was spotless! The campground was truly beautiful and a wonderful home for our week! A loud shout out to the staff at that National Park!
Written July 11, 2021
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Terri C
2 contributions
A day well spent.
Jul 2021 • Solo
Our guide was very informative., friendly and knowledgeable. He answered all our questions. Never rushed us. Lunch was awesome. I highly recommend this day trip.
Written July 8, 2021
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Russell S
New Palestine, United States35 contributions
You won't believe it 'til ya see it
Jun 2021
It is definitely worth the $25 vehicle entrance fee. I could post pictures, but it just won't give the scope of the Dunes. Immense
Written July 6, 2021
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curiousexplorer2015
Denver, CO73 contributions
Best of the Midwest
Jun 2021
I haven't been to every corner of the midwest, but I have seen a lot, and I would rate Sleeping Bear Dunes as the best nature in the entire region. The dunes, the height, the blue water below is all fantastic. Hike Pyramid Point Trail for a great experience. Bugs are pretty bad in the summer so bring spray.
Written June 30, 2021
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