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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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Trekking the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in Michigan
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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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“scenic drive” (229 reviews)
“lake michigan” (371 reviews)
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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Reviewed yesterday

At the Visitors Center find out about this fascinating place, then hit the road for some beautiful scenery (roads are one way, be careful). There are many hiking trails and of course, the dunes! Sand, sand, and more sand! So much Fun!!

Thank D&H Travels
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The drive around the park will bring you to a Point where you literally feel on top of the world. Mostly handicap accessible too! Keep a hand on young kids or they could go tumbling.

Thank diverbunnygirl12
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must - see if you're in Northern Michigan. If you are in reasonably good health, bring some comfortable socks, and comfortable tennis shoes, and be prepared to walk to Lake Michigan after you get to the top of the dune. It's a...More

Thank drcser
Reviewed 2 days ago

I am an admitted lover of the National Parks. Sleeping Bear is a National Lakeshore and not a National Park but it should be. A totally amazing contrast between hardwood, pine forest and beach-like sand dunes. It seems unbelievable that these diverse ecosystems can all...More

Thank Jason R H
Reviewed 2 days ago

When I read about the dunes and hiking, I wasn't convinced this was an area for this 54 year old woman . . . but it was fantastic. All sorts of overlooks along the way that are accessible. Short "hike" from the parking lot to...More

Thank kskeener4
Reviewed 2 days ago

I will be honest in saying that seeing the actual 'sleeping bear' was unimpressive, but everything that surrounds her? Holy cow!!! To think of how this area formed is incredible in itself. Kudos to the three people at the bottom. Two of them were swimming...More

Thank Geenza
Reviewed 2 days ago

A friend invited us to her cabin for the weekend and when we asked to go to the beach she said she had just the place. She drove us through a ton of backroads and we popped out at this gorgeous beach called Lane Road...More

Thank JenG1234
Reviewed 4 days ago

We made the trip from Traverse City and were so glad we did! The views of the dunes and Lake Michigan are gorgeous. We spent the whole morning doing the dune climb and then the scenic drive loop, stopping at all of the overlooks. You...More

Thank jrkorzen
Reviewed 5 days ago

An excellent hidden gem. Put hiking and/or biking here on your to do list. Also excellent for sailing and kayaking. Be sure to include he Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Lake Michigan Beach Park, Empire, MI, Empire Bluff Trail,Point Belsie Lighthouse, Frankfort, MI, and Dune Climb.

Thank Wayne B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had visited the Dunes before so we focused on doing a couple of hikes. The Empire Bluffs and the Pyramid Point hikes were perfect for us in both distance and diversity.

Thank David K
Nearby Restaurants
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.47 km away
Nearby Attractions
Lake Michigan Beach Park
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.95 km away
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.00 km away
Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak
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Amy K
8 August 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.
31 July 2017|
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Response from barbaragwen270 | Reviewed this property |
I preferred Sleeping Dunes as I think after the major build up of Pictured Rocks and the disappointing reality of them may have influenced my feelings. The rocks were so built up, but after seeing truly magnificent rock... More
Karen M
16 July 2017|
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Response from tsalvati35 |
Peterson Beach south of Empire is a beautiful beach and we have seen many people there playing with dogs. It has a small parking lot and is not crowded. Great views of the dunes to the north from the beach.