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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Address: 9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
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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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Beautiful, just beautiful

Take the scenic drive, wander down any of the beautiful trails and just marvel at dunes. Breathtaking - and do spend time watching the brave walking up the steep face of the big... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the scenic drive, wander down any of the beautiful trails and just marvel at dunes. Breathtaking - and do spend time watching the brave walking up the steep face of the big dune - not something for those of us that are out of shape - but fun to watch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beaches are so pretty, the water is crystal blue, not that crowded. The bugs were sort of bad near the lookout points. Climbing the hill is tiring.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Sleepy Bear in February. It was an unusually warm weekend for February (50's) which made this visit prefect. We traveled via car with the kids (9 and 11). Everyone truly enjoyed it! Make your first stop at the Visitors Center for some great information prior to heading out. We definitely recommend stopping at the North Bar Beach area.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

We took the scenic drive through the national lakeshore and stopped at several sights. The dunes are amazing. You climb through the woods onto the sand and up a hill, and reach the top of the dune where the water is different vivid shades of blue in different regions of the lake. It is breathtaking. Be sure to stop and... More 

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

What can you say about this place that hasn't already been said? There's a reason it was voted the "Most Beautiful Place in America" by viewers of "Good Morning America" back in 2011. And five years later, it still deserves that title. Start your trip at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, where you can purchase your park... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

It is so amazing here.. I love going here. The one thing I will say is I never bother with shoes the sand is deep when walking the dunes and gets in your socks. We've been several times and the dunes have never been the same. Always changing. So, it really makes for a place you can go time and... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

This park is very pretty with huge dunes, bright blue water, and great views. On top of this there are old boats you can see, and a scenic car ride area through the woods with dune lookouts.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

This place is very beautiful. The dunes are amazing and the water is teal blue. The Dune climb is very cool. The loop is okay, it brings you to some good spots but its hard to find parking. My only complaint was that tourists are so disrespectful of our protected places. In many places where it asked people to stay... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We spent 2 nights camping in Sleeping Bear and enjoyed hiking the Empire Bluff Trail. Great length for elementary-age kids. Pyramid Point trail was also fun, but our kids enjoyed the Dune Climb the most. Things are very spread out, so plan on doing some driving.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore includes a number of excellent sites and is one of my favorite places to visit in Michigan. It really is a showcase for the natural beauty that Michiganders are so proud of. While many people hear Michigan and think Detroit, what comes to my mind is dazzling sand beaches and lakes so large they might... More 

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