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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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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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Top Hotels Close to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

M22 Inn Empire
M22 Inn Empire
2.5 out of 5
8720 S Dorsey Rd, Empire, MI
The price is $199 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated in Empire, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Little Glen Lake and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Glen Lake and Pierce ...
3.9/5Good! (101 reviews)
"It was good and clean. Check in and out were being easy and just by a phone call. Very quiet and peaceful. It is close to the sand dune park and a small town with many resterant for breakfast, lunch and dinner."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

M22 Inn Empire
Empire Lakeshore Inn
Empire Lakeshore Inn
2.5 out of 5
11730 S. Lacore Rd, Empire, MI
The price is $217 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in the heart of Empire, this beach motel is within a 15-minute walk of Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (391 reviews)
"Clean, quiet, and very close to the beach and dunes. We had a great stay!"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Empire Lakeshore Inn
Sleeps 13, Little Glen Compound Direct Water Front & Tennis Court
Sleeps 13, Little Glen Compound Direct Water Front & Tennis Court
Empire, MI
This family-friendly Empire vacation home is located on the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Little Glen Lake and Glen Lake. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Beautiful location, two great houses = perfect place for a family gathering!
"We rented the two houses for our family who came from Washington State,Charlotte NC and Denver Colorado. We live in Alexandria VA. We are not able to get together very frequently and this combination was perfect for us. The view from the cottage is great - loved the dock, and the shallow water. The ..."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2017

Sleeps 13, Little Glen Compound Direct Water Front & Tennis Court
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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The Sylvan Inn
The Sylvan Inn
3 out of 5
6680 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI
The price is $187 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
The Sylvan Inn
M22 Inn Empire
M22 Inn Empire
2.5 out of 5
8720 S Dorsey Rd, Empire, MI
The price is $199 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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Empire Lakeshore Inn
Empire Lakeshore Inn
2.5 out of 5
11730 S. Lacore Rd, Empire, MI
The price is $217 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Empire Lakeshore Inn
Sleeps 13, Little Glen Compound Direct Water Front & Tennis Court
Sleeps 13, Little Glen Compound Direct Water Front & Tennis Court
Empire, MI
Sleeps 13, Little Glen Compound Direct Water Front & Tennis Court
Firefly Cottage Enjoy Views of Glen Lake
Firefly Cottage Enjoy Views of Glen Lake
Empire, MI
Firefly Cottage Enjoy Views of Glen Lake
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
Immaculate, new Build Home, Perfect for Couples, Close to Sleeping Bear Dunes
Clean, Comfortable 2b/1b Apartment Nestled in the Woods Near Glen Arbor
Clean, Comfortable 2b/1b Apartment Nestled in the Woods Near Glen Arbor
Empire, MI
Clean, Comfortable 2b/1b Apartment Nestled in the Woods Near Glen Arbor
Home With Little Glen Access; 4br/2ba Accommodates 10
Home With Little Glen Access; 4br/2ba Accommodates 10
Empire, MI
Home With Little Glen Access; 4br/2ba Accommodates 10
Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy!
Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy!
Empire, MI
Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.