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  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

    Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
    Loop through the Beech-Maple forest and sand dunes. Let enjoy spectacular views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan. There are many of the picnic areas on the drive.
    Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
  • Dune Climb

    Dune Climb
    Dune Climb offers plenty of pure, wind-blown sand for your climbing pleasure. There is a picnic area at the bottom and you can climb up the dunes for a view of Glen Lake. For those who have extra time and a lot of energy, take a hike through the dunes all the way to Lake Michigan.
    Dune Climb
  • Francisco Morazan Shipwreck

    Francisco Morazan Shipwreck
    The large, exposed shipwreck is the Francisco Morazan, which was built in 1922 and lost in a snowstorm in 1960 off the south coast of South Manitou Island. The 247 foot long package freighter is partially out of the water and is visible from the shore of South Manitou Island.
    Francisco Morazan Shipwreck
  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

    Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
    Take time to learn about the flora and fauna in the area by walking or biking on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail along the base of the dunes beginning on the right (north) side of the picnic area.
    Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
  • South Manitou Island

    South Manitou Island
    If you will be spending a few days in the area consider a day trip to South Manitou Island where you can enjoy a picnic lunch by the ranger station, walk through the village and take a tour of the lighthouse. The view from the top provides an excellent panorama of the island and the mainland.
    South Manitou Island
  • Beaches

    Beaches
    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has a lot of pristine beach! This is the place to sunbathe, make sand castles, play in the Lake Michigan waves, swim, or just walk the beach. Lake Michigan is beautiful, and on a hot day it's inviting you to take a swim, but you'll find it more refreshing than the inland lakes.
    Beaches
  • Tubing on the river

    Tubing on the river
    Cool off with a relaxing float on a tube or raft down the Platte River on a hot summer day. If be attentive to the shoreline, there are big opportunity to see a multitude of different wildflowers and birds during the trip.
    Tubing on the river
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    How to get there

    The nearest but smallish airport is Traverse, 25 mi / 40 min away. Or, by car from:
    - Detroit: 280 mi / 4.5 hr
    - Chicago: 330 mi / 5.5 hr
    - Grand Rapids: 170 mi / 3 hr
    - Lansing: 210 mi / 3.5 hr

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