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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Address: 9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
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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Breathtaking scenery and some adventure

Lots of hiking trails and bicycle paths, but there are scenic spots even if you are not up for a hike or bike ride. The views from several stops on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive... read more

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Middletown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lots of hiking trails and bicycle paths, but there are scenic spots even if you are not up for a hike or bike ride. The views from several stops on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are fantastic. The stop for the top of the large dune is a must do. If you are adventurous and in very good physical shape, you... More 

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are so many places to stop in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. I wish we had more time to explore some trails, and climb the dunes. Take your time driving thru the park, there are wonderful spots thru out the park to stop and take in the scenery.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the Pierce Stocking scenic drive through beautiful forested land to the sleeping bear dunes overlooks. The walk to the top of the dunes is easy on a boardwalk, parts of which have sand on them. The view down the dunes to the Lake is amazing! You can walk a little farther uphill to another observation deck but the... More 

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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the loop drive. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at a rest stop with picnic tables. The view was fantastic of Lake Michigan and the surrounding countryside! We drove on to the big dune but decided not to climb it. Many did.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I'd recommend popping into the Visitors Center in Empire, MI to grab a map, talk to the friendly staff about your plans - maybe they can make some recommendations- and to purchase the necessary pass. To get your bearings, or if you only have a couple hours to visit, I suggest beginning with the Pierce Stocking drive. It's a driving... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Whether you want to spend a day at the beach, travel a scenic drive with gorgeous overlooks, shop in quaint villages, kayak/canoe/tube clear rivers, climb a never-ending sand dune, or hike/bike any level of trails, this area has endless options to please all comers.

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When you're doing a two-week loop tour of Michigan, it's good to spend a day in one place and (mostly) out of the car. Sleeping Bear Dunes was just such a place. Our day included a lighthouse and beach visit south of the National Seashore, the pleasant Pierce Stocking loop drive (his name, not his foot wear) with a picnic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We started our day here in the visitors' center in Empire, with its interesting geologic history display. We picked up a couple of maps at the desk showing recommended drives. We explored the northern portion of this extensive park on the Pierce Stocking scenic drive, weaving past huge dunes and into forested areas. We stopped frequently to take photos of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure to go to visitor's center first so you can pay admission. The receipt they give you MUST be displayed on driver's dashboard when you are parked and walking to various sites which are marked with an EXTREMELY small wooden sign that says "fee area". We talked to someone who was ticketed last time he visited the dunes and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been visiting northwest Michigan for 24 years, I grew up every Summer at Interlochen and attended The Interlochen Arts Academy. It has been a family venture every year and my father use to live in the area as well. How pathetic is it that a National Federal Park first squeezes $15 from visitors! People come to see the... More 

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