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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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Breathtaking!!

We went in November last year and go in May this year, hopefully it's still as stunning this time... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Karen C
Hike with a difference

We’ve never quite come across dunes like this anywhere on our travels. Was a hot day and we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went in November last year and go in May this year, hopefully it's still as stunning this time of year!!

Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We’ve never quite come across dunes like this anywhere on our travels. Was a hot day and we decided to follow the path to the lake, which was a lot longer that we expected and with hindsight we should had had more water with us....More

Thank EDRGlen
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sleeping Bear Dunes was first a state park that became a national park. It consists of the Giant dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan. There is a a drive through the park which has multiple stops. If in good shape you can go down...More

Thank Christopher F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very large park and I have only begun to learn about this park over 4 days. Every place we went seemed better than the last. Even when we tried to "take a break" and simply walk a back trail away from the...More

Thank Lindsey L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to visit the dunes in the winter. You can still climb the dunes but the other roads are closed for the winter. Only a couple other cars there so it definetly was not crowded. Warms you up fast climbing.

Thank elaine c
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We vistied this palce last year in September on our trip to Michigan. We took the hiking trails and it took us 2 hours. This place offers scenic view of sand dunes and Lake Michigan. Do not forget to carry extra water.

Thank kavi91189
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

It's not very often that you get to climb a 600-foot or so dune or learn about how delicate the plants that grow in the sand are. It was well worth the visit, but it didn't feel very organized: there are stops along the way...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

As I researched from Florida what we would be able to enjoy while in Michigan I never imagined sledding down these Magnificent Dunes. Just pull up park and trek up the Dunes to sled down. The hike up was easy due to fresh powder snow...More

Thank mpeacock_10
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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

This truly is a beautiful place. Trails for walking or biking connect everywhere. Rent a bike(winter or summer)or snowshoes,cross country skis or canoes. All ages will enjoy. Fatantic beaches and lovely Inns. You can climb the dunes, which some of us did,and its takes about...More

Thank LetsGoGirls2014
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

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
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tasha466
24 January 2018|
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Response from Tim D | Reviewed this property |
Family pictures sure. A professional photographer? No idea. There is a town but we were there near the end of the season and would never consider a professional photographer except for some really special occasion... More
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Pavana B
2 October 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
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Amy K
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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.
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