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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Address: 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630-9797
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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This is such a stunning lakeshore. A million things to do--you could spend over a week here and never run out of activities. Many beaches, trails, lakes, picnic areas, kayaking... read more

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Livonia, Michigan
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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This is such a stunning lakeshore. A million things to do--you could spend over a week here and never run out of activities. Many beaches, trails, lakes, picnic areas, kayaking, biking, drives, history, etc. it was amazing. $15 for a week pass. If you have kids--pick up a pamphlet at the Visitor Center for the junior ranger program. If they... More 

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C'ville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Did the driving tour of the national lakeshore. The topography is very interesting and so are the hikes. Very easy to follow the directions given at the park headquarters. Small fee but worth supporting our parks. I was impressed with the size of the dunes and how steep the lakeside face is. Very difficult to see over the edge, even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time visiting and this was just beautiful. The scenic tour was neat, the drive to each stop was well worth the $15 that gets you access for one week.

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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

5 days recently spent in Michigan and we spent parts of three days there. Absolutely stunning views, well maintained and multiple spots to climb, visit and explore. Staff are helpful and aim to please. A true crown jewel of Michigan.

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Thank MacChaddy
Westville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful part of the National Park System on the shores of Lake Michigan. Start your visit in Empire at the visitor center. There's a $15 7 day pass to buy. There's a museum area & a gift shop. Of course restrooms. We always stay & watch the film, although it was disappointingly dull. The narrator was terrible!... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We entered the park in the evening and did not have to pay the entrance fee. We went to the area with a planked walkway to the lake overlook. It was fun to watch people going down and up the super steep dune. This is a nice spot to watch the sunset over the water.

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Thank BiggerPassportPlease
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Dune climb hot! Bring a water bottle and climb early in the day. Lake overview parking lot too full to park. Dune climb store with AC. Bathrooms and refreshment machines there as well as a water bottle filling fountain. Only got to spend an hour or two. Could've spent the whole day! Will come back for more during a cooler... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First off, be aware that this is not a simple walk to the lake. The hike to the water will take about an hour over numerous tall sand dunes, I mean really tall. You need to bring plenty of water as there are few spot that have shade or a breeze on the walk thru the dunes. The view and... More 

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Thank Gary G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Must see every time we visit. Love the views, the area, and a wonderful National state park. If you visit, make sure to stop at #9 and 10!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As we were behind schedule on a motorcycle tour around Lake Michigan, we only had 2-3 hours to spare. The ranger drew a map for us of the top places to stop and see the beautiful views. Very well organized information that let us make the best use of our time. It would have been nice to have spent a... More 

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