Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses 65 miles of sandy shoreline along Lake Michigan. The area also includes several lakes and streams, making this National Lakeshore a great summer destination.

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Can you see the hikers?

The fall will bring you bright vibrant orange, yellow, and red foliage making for a spectacular display of color. The winters can be brutally cold, but the snow provides great snowshoeing conditions through the dunes.


How To Get to Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Before booking your trip, make sure you protect yourself and your money and purchase travel insurance! You will need to rent a car to get to Sleeping Bear Dunes. It is a 4.5 hour drive from the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and a 3.5 hour drive from the Flint Bishop International airport.

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Where to Stay by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The sleeping bear dunes are 25 miles west of Traverse City, making this a great city for accommodations, night life, restaurants and wineries. Try an AirBnB and see how the locals live. If you’re looking for a closer city outside the park you can find hotels in Empire or Glen Arbor. There are several state parks, and private campgrounds in the area. Rent an RV and spend a weekend exploring. Bring a tent, or you can rent rustic cabins in some state parks as well.

“Tug on anything at all and you’ll find it connected to everything else in the universe.” 

John Muir


How are the dunes created?

The sand from the steep bluffs along the lakeshore fall or slide into Lake Michigan. This provides massive amounts of sand and gravel to the National Lakeshore. Some individual landslides have dumped a million cubic yards of sand into the great lake in just one single event.

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Can you see the boat?

Waves cut away the bases of the bluffs, providing a continuous supply of sand and gravel to the winds blowing against them. The sand continues to get whisked up and deposited on top.

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What To Do In Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Lake Michigan coastline along Sleeping Bear Dunes and the offshore Islands are a very large component of the National Lakeshore environment. Small patches of ancient forests buried by sand eons ago continue to be exposed, as sand moves inland and attempts to bury the forests there today.

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The Dune Climb

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Climb the dunes or enjoy the sand. The Dune Climb offers plenty of fresh, wind-blown sand for your climbing pleasure. While the climb can be strenuous, the run back down to the picnic area is a blast!

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The climb up the dunes provides you a view of Glen Lake. The Dune Climb is located just about 5 miles north of Empire on M-109. You will need an annual National Park Pass or $25 for parking at this dune climb. For those who have extra time and a lot of energy, take a hike through the dunes all the way to Lake Michigan.

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Lake Michigan Overlook

Safety Tips: Take lots of water and remember you’ll be walking up and down the dunes of loose sand the entire way. Hiking through the dunes can be disorienting, so be sure to keep children within sight. If hiking with a group, agree on a time and place to meet up before leaving.

Avoid getting stuck at the bottom of the dune at the Lake Michigan Overlook!

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Michigan Lakeshore Beaches

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has miles of pristine beach! Cool off in the beautiful clear water of Lake Michigan with beach activities like sunbathing, reading, or making sand castles. The whole Lake Michigan lakeshore is open to swimming, but there are no lifeguards on duty, and be aware of possible Rip Currents.

Visitors are advised not to go down the dune at the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Lake Michigan Overlook. Lake levels are high – the only way out is up. Keep yourself and rescuers out of danger.

Play in the waves, swim, or just take a stroll along the beach. Lake Michigan is beautiful, but it’s more refreshing than the inland lakes, so be prepared!

Safe popular access points to the Lake Michigan Lakeshore can be found here.

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Hiking Trails

You can hike over 100 miles of designated trails along the Lakeshore. There are thirteen hiking trails on the mainland, most of which are maintained during the winter for cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Each trailhead has a parking area, and the trails will be marked with blue tipped posts.

Tip: There is limited or no service throughout the park. To keep your phone fully charged and ready to catch those amazing shots, you’ll need an extra battery charger. I take my Mophie everywhere I travel, just in case!

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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is a must-do when visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This 7.4 mile drive loops through the Beech-Maple forest and sand dunes. You’ll gain insight to the history of the area, learn about the different ecosystems found within the park and, best of all, spectacular overlooks along the way.

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Do a Lazy River Float

Cool off with a relaxing float down the Platte River on a hot summer day. This is one of the most popular summer recreational activities in the area. The river is shallow and clear, moving at a good pace, with no rapids making it perfect for all ages. You can either bring your own tube, raft, air mattress, etc. or you can rent them from local outfitters. If you need to rent during the height of the summer season, you will want to plan ahead and get reservations.

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Lake Michigan Sunsets

Lake Michigan sunsets will take your breath away. Find a good dune to hike along the shoreline and watch the sun slowly set along the horizon. We were able to find our own private viewing area along one of the dune trails. Taking in the glow of the sunset in peace, with sounds of waves washing below. Glen Lake pictured below is another great sunset viewing spot.

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The Best Cider Mills in Michigan

The fall season in Michigan holds a special place in my heart. I look forward to fall for so many reasons. However, one in particular is my favorite. Eating my way through the best cider mills in Michigan. Those freshly baked warm, soft, homemade cider mill donuts. My fingers covered in delicious cinnamon sugar. Washed down by a refreshing (or warming) cup of freshly made apple cider.

Here’s my list of the best Cider Mills in Michigan!

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What is a cider mill?

A cider mill is where they mill, grind, and press apples into apple cider! The “mill” is the equipment used to crush the apples, ferment, store, and ship apple juice products. Cider mills are mostly found in Michigan and other midwestern states in the USA. They sell apple cider, and a variety of flavored donuts. Each Michigan cider mill is unique, and locally owned, serving it’s own version of the cider donut combo.

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Most are located on orchards, where you can pick your own apples or pumpkins. Others have hayrides, haunted houses, and corn mazes for entertainment. Some cider mills have a shop inside where you can purchase a variety of apple and fall goods such as jams, pies, fresh fruits/veggies, wines, and more.

Blakes Farm & Orchard

17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005

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Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill opened in 1946 and was the first pick-your-own orchard in Michigan. This local favorite is located in Armada and makes for the perfect family outing. Blake’s market inside offers fresh pressed cider, donuts, plus rooms full of homemade bakery items to choose from. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard and enjoy picking your own!

Paint Creek Cider Mill

4480 Orion Road, 
Rochester, MI 48306

Paint Creek cider mill is a historic mill powered by the paint creek river that it resides by. The locals favorite, and one of Michigan’s best cider mills just minutes from my home. They offer cider, handmade donuts & light lunches. Bring your bike, and work off all the cider and donuts as you ride down the paint creek trail. Take a stroll along the scenic trail and find a spot on the paint creek river to enjoy your donuts. Or you could always head over to Goodrich Cider Mill, which is right down the street. You know… to compare whose are better.

Goodrich Cider Mill

4295 Orion Rd, Rochester, MI 48306

Yates Cider Mill

Yates Cider Mill1950 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

2375 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI 48360

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Yates Cider Mill is also located in Rochester Hills just down the road from Goodrich & Paint creek cider mills. Yates cider mill has been water-powered from the Clinton river since 1863 and presses 300 gallons of fresh blended apple cider per hour. Fresh handmade treats for sale including donuts, apple pies, cider, fudge, apple crisp, jams, and more.

Wiard’s Orchard

5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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Franklin Cider Mill

 7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

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The Franklin Cider Mill opened in 1837 as a gristmill and is located in the Franklin Historic District north of downtown Detroit. It has been pressing apples into cider since 1895, and today, all 21 varieties of apples used are hand-picked fresh and 100 percent organic. For a special taste sensation, visit in late September for Honey Crisp cider. Take home apple pie or sugar-free apple pie or a bag full of the signature cinnamon spice donuts.

Erwin Orchards

 61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178

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Spicers Orchard & Winery

10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI 48430

Dexter Cider Mill

3685 Central St, Dexter, MI 48130

Historic Dexter Cider Mill near Ann Arbor is the oldest continuously operating cider mill in the state. Today the cider mill keeps its more than 120-year old cider making tradition by using an oak rack press and blending three to five different locally grown apple varieties in every pressing.  

I hope you enjoyed my list of the Best Cider Mills in Michigan! If you did, share it with your friends!

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Looking for more to do in Michigan this fall? Check out my post on where the best scenic fall foliage drives are as you visit the cider mills!

Best Fall Foliage Drives in Michigan

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Best Fall Foliage Drives in Michigan

Michigan is located in the midwest of the United States. The state is known for the Great Lakes, and it’s 3,288 miles (5,292 km) of surrounding fresh water lakeshore. Some of the best fall foliage drives in Michigan are among it’s pristine shorelines. Road trip scenic routes across the state to see the best fall colors.

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As a local, my favorite thing to do in Michigan is a fall foliage road trip. The gorgeous fall scenery attracts people from all over, wanting to experience the bursts of color Michigan becomes in October. Make sure to Check the Fall Color Map before heading out on your road trip to ensure colors are at their peak.

These are the BEST fall foliage drives in Michigan!

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M2 Along Pointe Labarbe Rd

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M123 Tahquamenon Trail

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West Lakeshore Drive in Brimley

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Tunnel of Trees M-119

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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S Boundary Road in Porcupine Mountains State Park

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M-28 Watton to Wakefield

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Forest Highway 13

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Detroit Art Display

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Detroit Art Display
Featuring: Prismatica
Location: Beacon Park

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Detroit’s Beacon Park is hosting an interactive art installation, Prismatica! The event is FREE and open to the public through this weekend, ending tomorrow 11/19! Grab your camera and go!

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The display is made up of rotating prisms and dazzling light spectacles. Logan and I spent our Saturday night walking through the park,  gazing through every color of the spectrum.

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It was a beautiful night, and the perfect activity for after dinner. We parked for free at the MGM Grand casino parking deck; which is just a 0.4 mile walk to the park. Hope my fellow Michiganders can make it out before the event is over, its free- and kid friendly!

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If it gets too chilly, warm up inside the shelter area (pictured above) by showing off your dance moves!

Wish Upon A Star

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Did you miss the Detroit Art display? No worries! Keep reading to discover what else Detroit has to offer in my Perfect Weekend in Detroit post!

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The Perfect Weekend Camping in Michigan’s UP Eastern Region

The U.S. state of Michigan is made up of two major peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula (UP), is the northern of the two. My favorite time to visit the UP is the fall season, when the trees are bursting with bright colors. A year ago, my boyfriend Logan and I went camping in the eastern region of the UP.

Lake Superior Fall Colors

It was the end of the season in late October, we had JUST made it to see the fall colors. It was the last weekend the campground was open, and we were the only ones crazy enough to be camping there.

Find out why, in this edition of THE PERFECT WEEKEND featuring Michigan’s UP Eastern Region!

Tahquamenon Falls Michigan

Where To Camp

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

We camped directly on Lake Superior at Brimley State Park, one of the oldest parks in the UP. In typical Logan/Chelsea fashion we arrived at our campsite in the dark. Setting up at night was never a concern of mine, in fact I kind of like it… waking up in a new place, really seeing it for the first time that morning. It’s like a surprise, or a present waiting to be unwrapped.

Lake Superior

Our gift the first morning was waking up to a snow-covered tent… in October. Really neither of us were surprised…welcome to The UP. 

Brimley State Park

Take a Drive

Tunnel of Trees Michigan

Freezing and in desperate need of caffeine we went in search of coffee. We fueled up and hit the road, enjoying the views as we sipped our way back to warmth.

Michigan Fall Colors

Pro Tip: Take the scenic route along W Lakeshore Dr on your way to Tahquamenon Falls. This route will take you along Whitefish Bay giving you gorgeous lake views and the opportunity to see a lighthouse! 

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Just a short 15 minute drive from Brimley, this historic lighthouse is worth the stop. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic back in 1975. Its name meaning “Place of Iroquois Bones” derived from a battle fought back in 1662 by local Native American’s of the Chippewa and Iroquois. The lighthouse was closed for the season so we couldn’t climb the tower but we were able to explore the grounds.

Logan Fall Colors

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls

Located in Paradise, Michigan- this state park is one you won’t want to miss. Experience one of the largest waterfalls this side of the Mississippi- Tahquamenon Falls. It’s beautiful rust colored falls are caused from leached tannins of the cedar swamps which the river drains. Explore the park, and stop into the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub for some local made beer!

Go on a Hike

Prayer of the Woods

There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails throughout the eastern region of the UP. Hiking in the fall is my ideal hiking conditions- beautiful fall colors, crisp air, lower temperatures.

Trailhead

UP NEXT: What to do in Michigan’s UP Central Region!

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