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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

#1 of 16 things to do in Empire Features Animals
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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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%
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“scenic drive” (214 reviews)
“lake michigan” (344 reviews)
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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Reviewed yesterday

Very beautiful dunes, beaches and woods. Visitors' center was very helpful in directing us to the things to see and do for the time we had. Nice drives with spectacular views. Clear and clean water with fine sand beaches. We had not alotted enough time...More

Thank Nomad062_10
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful National Park along Lake Michigan. The views are spectacular along the shore where the dunes meet the water. Inland consists of a beautiful mature sugar maple/beech forest. There are many trail offerings, but I highly recommend the Empire Bluff and Pyramid Point trails. Both...More

Thank Dave H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We came in from the north on M22 and first saw the big dune everyone was climbing. We climbed up but realized you have to hike 1.5 miles to get any view of the lake! However, if you take the Pierce Stocking scenic drive first,...More

Thank Nancy V
Reviewed yesterday

Only did first dune. Take water. Very beautiful. Family friendly. Great view of two lakes. We did not go the additional two miles to Lake Michigan but we had a good time.

Thank LAL1111
Reviewed yesterday

We live about 140 miles south east of Sleeping Bear and when we have a free weekend we invariably head there. The "North Coast" beaches of Lake Michigan are wonderful, no salt, no sharks or jellyfish. There are 2 campgrounds: D H Day and Platte...More

Thank rawellman
Reviewed 2 days ago

This park is really beautiful and full of dunes and beaches. The Dune Climb is nice and challenging.

Thank bmerry79
Reviewed 3 days ago

I knew next to nothing about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore before my family traveled to the area recently for a large reunion of my wife's family. I have never lived in Michigan, and my previous visits have been to Detroit and Ann Arbor. But,...More

1  Thank billk723
Reviewed 6 days ago

We looked at the dunes from several spots to see them in their entirety at a distance - remarkable. But when we drove to the top and walked the steep inclince to get there, it was such a disappointment. Great to see the lake from...More

Thank db_victorny
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic dunes that stretch in all directions. We found some of the best parts a little more off the beaten path. Pierce Stocking Drive was nice but not really in the dunes so felt a little sterile. Sleeping Bear Point hike was outstanding and virtually...More

Thank frequenttraveler630
Reviewed 1 week ago

t's tough to capture Sleeping Bear Dunes in one photograph. It covers a wide, diverse area, but the sand dunes are the most famous part of the grounds managed by the National Park Service. Hence, the name. The major attraction in the Lakeshore is a...More

Thank BBailey182
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Karen M
16 July 2017|
Response from k4mconsulting | Reviewed this property |
Karen - you have hit upon one of the real sad situations in Michigan, a very unfriendly state towards dogs! Like you we travel with our dog. Best beach is within Sleeping Bear Dunes at Good Harbor, where part of the beach... More
22 June 2017|
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Response from k4mconsulting | Reviewed this property |
Buy the park pass at the Ranger station in Empire, and get a map there for the entire area. Take M22 north to M109 and enter the Pierce Stocking Drive. Stop at stops 9/10 to view Lake Michigan from the top of the dunes... More
Jen S
10 April 2017|
Response from ejm99 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in early fall. The Homestead Resort is a great place to stay. Not sure they have cabins. Suggest you check with local chamber or various booking cites. Book early as the place fills up!