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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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The scenery is amazing but be prepared for the climb! We drove around several spots and took breath... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
LaGrange, Georgia
Wonderful place (bring your bikes)

The place is a gem. Our visit was during the peak of the fall colors, which was absolutely... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“scenic drive” (238 reviews)
“lake michigan” (384 reviews)
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The scenery is amazing but be prepared for the climb! We drove around several spots and took breath taking pictures before deciding to try our luck climbing the dunes. It was a cool day and we had water. It was beautiful but not sure I...More

Thank aregier
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is a gem. Our visit was during the peak of the fall colors, which was absolutely beautiful. This is a great place to bike with a paved bike trail running through most of the park. There are portions of the trail that have...More

Thank jes22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the places on my bucket list to visit. I had heard about it from several people and on the Hikers Facebook page. The area is beautiful in that region of northwest Michigan with plenty of outdoor activities. The drive in the...More

Thank Gwen C
Reviewed November 3, 2017

My family and I had nothing but good things to say after our experience at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lake shore! After scaling the dunes, you are rewarded with a gorgeous view that encompasses the sandy white shoreline, the crystal clear waters, and a vast...More

Thank KatieNickerson
Reviewed November 2, 2017

I was so confused once we arrived in Empire. The signage (or lack thereof) was a problem. Nothing whatsoever directed us to the lakeshore. We did somehow end up at the visitor's center (after an hour of driving in circles) and were directed to the...More

Thank Janet M
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Spectacular view, highly recommended, did not try to claim down, it looked pretty challenging, but there were some people doing it.

Thank Telma D
Reviewed October 24, 2017

We purposely arrived in Traverse City a day early for a planned Road Scholar Program so that we would have time to visit this National Park. It did not disappoint. When first arriving at a new park, we always prefer to see a video if...More

Thank 512Dick
Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

Visiting from Florida, we have seen sand and dunes, but this was unique and it's the scenery around the dunes that is breathtaking. Enjoyed our time there. Lots of nature walks and a picnic area. Let the kids work off some energy.

Thank Theresa H
Reviewed October 18, 2017

This park has a HUGE sandhill which drops straight down into the water. Very steep climb back up... we were told it could take several hours and you have to almost get on all fours to do it. There is a viewing platform to take...More

Thank HavasuBabe
Reviewed October 18, 2017

The state park is beautiful... its a loop, take all the time you want (plenty of stops.) The big dune is a must...get out of your car, very short walk & wow, what a view!!! We'll definitely be back!!!!

Thank luvscigars
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Pavana B
October 2, 2017|
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Response from SKR944 | Reviewed this property |
It should be beautiful. Expect a Fall experience - meaning you may find Lake Michigan and perhaps Big & Little Glen Lakes too cold to swim - but the colors should be in full swing and the temperature comfortable both day... More
Amy K
August 8, 2017|
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Response from BarbaraW1958 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. We saw bicycles in Glen Harbor, but not on the road through Sleeping Bear Dunes. There were no bicycle rentals at the visitor center. There may be bicycle rentals in the towns in that area.
July 31, 2017|
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Response from Scott V | Reviewed this property |
I think the choice of visiting either Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore solely depends on the experience you desire and time. From Grayling where you have to depart ways for one from... More