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Spectacular National Parks


Sleeping Bear Dunes Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes

Location: Michigan

Main attractions: Though not a National Park (it's a National Lakeshore!), this stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline has been called one of the most beautiful places in America. The main attraction: 400-foot sand dunes. Take a stab at the Dune Climb, with great views of Glen Lake, then try to keep up as the kids sprint down. Swim in the very brisk Lake Michigan or in the warmer, calmer North Bar Lake—a sandy path connects the two. Kayak on the Platte River (canoemichigan.com) and watch for great blue herons. Stay in nearby Empire, Glen Arbor or Glen Haven (sleepingbeardunes.com) or camp in the park.

More info: nps.gov/slbe