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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Spectacular sand dunes loom over the deep blue waters of Lake Michigan at this national park, where the rivers run clear and the forest rings with birdcalls. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the most beautiful places in the Midwest. Hike the nature trails, swim on the beaches and camp under a star-filled sky.

Climb the sand dunes and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views in all directions. The walk begins at the Dune Center, which has information and restroom facilities available. 

If you’re not keen on climbing, consider the Sleeping Bear Heritage trail that starts at the same location. Cycle, walk or skate the hard-surface path, which winds for miles through the park. 

Cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive for an unforgettable experience. This 7.4-mile (12-kilometer) road takes you past some of the park’s most well-known attractions. See a covered bridge and stop to appreciate the view at key sites. Glen Lake Overlook, Dune Overlook and Lake Michigan Overlook are great places to get out your camera and capture memories. Pass through shady forests and sun-drenched clearings before you end up back where you started. 

Visit Glen Haven Village to explore an example of a typical lakeside logging town. Many of the buildings from the 1920s have been restored and are filled with historical exhibits that will interest children. Enjoy a live demonstration at the blacksmith shop and check out the boats on display at the Cannery Boathouse Museum. Shop for interesting items at the historic Glen Haven General Store.

Kayak past the leafy shores of the Platte River or visit one of the inland lakes. Watch for birds during the summer months and enjoy the lovely display of wildflowers in spring. Enroll the kids in a Junior Ranger Program if you’re here for a longer stay. They’ll be kept busy with hikes, rides and other fun activities organized by park rangers.

Sleep at one of the little villages nearby to enjoy all the modern amenities or spend an evening camping out in the forest if you feel like a bit of adventure.

Enjoy the natural wonderland of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


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Empire Lakeshore Inn $79
Empire Lakeshore Inn

Empire Lakeshore Inn

11730 S. Lacore Rd, Empire, MI
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located near the slopes, this Empire motel is in the city center, within a 10-minute walk of Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snow tubing. Empire Bluff Trail and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    M22 Inn Empire $99
    M22 Inn Empire

    M22 Inn Empire

    8720 S Dorsey Rd, Empire, MI
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Empire, this motel is steps from Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Little Glen Lake and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Fabulous 6 Bedroom Vacation Home - Due to Construction not Planning on Renting
      Fabulous 6 Bedroom Vacation Home - Due to Construction not Planning on Renting

      Fabulous 6 Bedroom Vacation Home - Due to Construction not Planning on Renting

      Empire, MI
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Empire vacation home is located on the beach, just steps from Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Little Glen Lake and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Empire Family Getaway Near Sleeping Bear Dunes
        Empire Family Getaway Near Sleeping Bear Dunes

        Empire Family Getaway Near Sleeping Bear Dunes

        Empire, MI
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Lake, and Little Glen Lake. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Immaculate, new Build Home, Perfect for Couples, Close to Sleeping Bear Dunes
          Immaculate, new Build Home, Perfect for Couples, Close to Sleeping Bear Dunes

          Immaculate, new Build Home, Perfect for Couples, Close to Sleeping Bear Dunes

          Empire, MI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Empire, this romantic vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Lake, and Little Glen Lake. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Glen Arbor Area Cottage - Little Glen Lake w/ Private Waterfront - Now w/ A/c!
            Glen Arbor Area Cottage - Little Glen Lake w/ Private Waterfront - Now w/ A/c!

            Glen Arbor Area Cottage - Little Glen Lake w/ Private Waterfront - Now w/ A/c!

            Empire, MI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on a lake, this vacation home is steps from Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Little Glen Lake and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Bear Haven Cottage at Glen Lake Narrows
              Bear Haven Cottage at Glen Lake Narrows

              Bear Haven Cottage at Glen Lake Narrows

              Glen Arbor, MI
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Glen Arbor, this cottage is steps from Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Little Glen Lake and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                New to Market Summer 2019, Book now for 2020
                New to Market Summer 2019, Book now for 2020

                New to Market Summer 2019, Book now for 2020

                Empire, MI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Empire vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Little Glen Lake, and Glen Lake. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).