Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Empire MI

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦

Whoa, this is cool! We were there on a day that one would call perfect. Beautiful blue sky and warm sunshine sparkling off fabulous Lake Michigan. We were only able to spend one day at the park, but would come back again in a heartbeat. There’s so much to see and do, both in the park and in the surrounding area.

The highlight of our visit was the views from the overlook at the top of the dunes. We heeded the warnings to NOT go to the bottom of the sand hill. Even though it’s just a few minutes down, it a grueling 2 hour trek back up. Quote from the NPS.gov website:  “Climbing to the top of the Dune Climb is strenuous but rewarding, so be sure to evaluate your physical abilities before you start.” We evaluated and decided not to go. It was fabulous to see from the top though.

Update: January 2017, National Geographic named Sleeping Bear Dunes one of the 21 best beaches in the world.

Website: Sleeping Bear Dunes

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