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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. Our Empire itinerary maker makes visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and other Empire attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • You can't beat the beauty of the dunes. We have been there before but never hiked the back trails like we did this trip. So glad we did! Only 2 people over looking the lake and the view was stunning.  more »
  • Something for everyone. Athletic- then climb the dunes to take in the views. Moderate to difficult. If you aren't inclined then go to areas where an easy stair climb will give you the view without the...  more »
  • This place is gorgeous and the person who complained about the entrance fee is a complete idiot. Why don't you go to the top of the dune throw yourself over.  more »