Empire, Michigan Empire sits at the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore--a national park with 35 miles of Lake Michigan coastline, 400-foot dunes, hiking trails, scenic overlooks and some of the best beaches in the state. The low-key bike paths and self-guided road trips make this area easy to navigate.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore Northwestern Lower Michigan Why you've got to go: You'll never see sand dunes like these anywhere else! Some are nearly 500 feet high, with jaw-dropping views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands from the top. I remember climbing on these dunes as a kid. It was great fun and great memories