Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park - Some of the dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park - Keep climbing, your almost there.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park - Keep climbing, your almost there.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park - Keep climbing, your almost there.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park - What a climb

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Empire Reviews

yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
A Nature Escape in MI - Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore :) Jul 19, 2008
This is one of the most beautiful natural areas in MI’s Lower Peninsula.

If you like outdoors, you'd definitely have to visit this park and enjoy the eastern coastline, explore North and South Manitou Islands, and of course climb the dunes.

First you have to stop at the P.A. Hart Visitor Center where you can learn more about the Park and get a map of it. Besides the staff will help you as much as possible to solve your doubts.

Your next stop will be the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, where you would get the most beautiful overlooks of Lake MI. Take a drive and learn about geology, plant life, and history. Besides you will enjoy beautiful views of the dunes,Lake MI, Glen Lake, and the Manitou Islands.


Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes. If you like outdoors, you should do it. But this activity will be enjoyed by all the family. It's fun climbing the huge dune of sand. But you will have access to restrooms, drink and snack vending machines, besides a large picnic area at the base of the dune.

Definitely a Must if you are in the area and want to do some hiking.
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pbobenhausen pbobenha…
22 reviews
Sep 03, 2007
This is one of the most beautiful places in Michigan. There is 35 miles of coastline with some of the most beautiful dunes I have ever seen. We came for only one day and wished we could have spent more time. The sand dunes were the biggest dunes I have ever seen. If you are physically able, I recommend climbing the large dunes. I didn't and have always wished I had. It is not easy and if you start on the top, you have no choice but to make the climb back up (which is why I didn't give it a try). There are lots of other things to do including bicycling, hiking, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, and in the winter skiing or snowmobiling. There are also two islands that are part of the park, where you can camp overnight. There are no stores on the islands, so bring everything that you might need with you. It is said that it gets cool in the evening.
Some of the dunes
What a climb
Keep climbing, your almost there.
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