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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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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” (224 reviews)
“lake michigan” (357 reviews)
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited both the Dune Climb and the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Both were very enjoyable. Be sure to get out and walk at the stops on the scenic drive -- amazing view!

Thank acedaughter
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were greatly surprised by this National Lakeshore. The views of Lake Michigan were beautiful - as blue as the Caribbean. Definitely go to the Dune climb area. It is a nice hike and if you are adventurous, you can climb down aabout a 1/4...More

Thank Neg156
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a place for all ages. You get to climb a large natural sand dune. If you are really experienced, you can climb all the way down the back side of the dune to Lake Michigan. Really fun for all ages; your kids will...More

Thank R B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This should be on everyone's bucket list in Michigan. It's one of the most amazing places in Michigan. The dune climb is good for all ages , but requires a level of fitness to climb the dunes. There are clean restrooms with filtered water and...More

1  Thank Katy P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We've seen other sand dunes, but nothing like this! We did a lot of hiking and climbing up and down the dunes! The view down to the water is spectacular! You have to experience it for yourself! Well worth the visit!

1  Thank Tom Peggy L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Climbing and hiking the dunes from the dune climb parking area or the climb from the overlook on the Pierce Stocking scenic drive,you couldn't ask for more. 450 feet to the water, you have to see it to believe it

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last year we visited this National park for the first time and liked it enough to come back this year. We did the dune climb which was quite a workout! I have to suggest you don't skip the scenic drive! Your day pass gets you...More

1  Thank Bsund13
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here mid May so just a few people were there. We probably saw five cars in the whole park. The Dunes are amazing. You can't actually see how high they are until someone is walking on the shore. you should not underrate the...More

1  Thank ttalb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our local friends took us to the Sleeping Bear Dunes for our first time to experience the great "Dune Climb". Very beautiful Glen Lake on the parking lot end and then climb the dunes! You can continue to walk all the way to the Michigan...More

1  Thank PITTparent
Reviewed 1 week ago

Deep woods give way to soaring dunes overlooking white beaches and the blue waters of Lake Michigan. A variety of wonderful trails and stunning vistas. Bring mosquito repellent and go off-peak to avoid crowds.

Thank Kevin S
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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.
1 August 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
17 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