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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire

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Home to forests, dunes, beaches, and even some glacial formations, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a stretch of Lake Michigan’s pristine eastern coastline ideal for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. Backpack through the area that was awarded the title of the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America in 2012. You can stay overnight in one of the many campsites scattered within the 60 km (35 mi) park. Campsite amenities range from modern with electrical hookups, to extremely rural. Be sure to reserve your campsite well in advance as most are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, and fill up fast. Put Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore into our Empire day trip site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Empire.
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  • Decided to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes while on vacation. I made the mistake of not reading reviews before our visit. The views are stunning but the hike isn't easy. If you have the stamina to hike... 
    Decided to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes while on vacation. I made the mistake of not reading reviews before our visit. The views are stunning but the hike isn't easy. If you have the stamina to hike...  more »
  • We were travelling with our dog, which limited us somewhat in the sites we could visit, and we spent about five hours in the park each of the two days we were in the area, with the rest spent... 
    We were travelling with our dog, which limited us somewhat in the sites we could visit, and we spent about five hours in the park each of the two days we were in the area, with the rest spent...  more »
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  • This is an awesome place to visit! Be sure to checkout the visitor center for some souvenirs and a map! Breathtaking views from overlooks, picnic areas for a nice lunch and of course learn the story behind the Sleeping Bear Dunes, which might make you cry a little! This area makes for great picture taking. Just a lot to see and learn here. Put this place on your bucket list!!
  • This is such a beautiful park and the views of the ocean, uh, I mean the lake, are so incredibly pretty. Definitely take the scenic route drive and stop off on all the lookouts, and you will get some pretty pictures (go when the sun is about to set). The rangers are nice and helpful. I've camped here once, and the camp sites are generously big and spread out. The only thing that I didn't like was that on some of the shores you get those biting flies that swarm you, and they are extremely aggressive. Bug spray is like seasoning for them.

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