Author: Grand Traverse Living

Grand Traverse Living is a collaboration between Northern Way of Life Photography and Snap Happy Gal Photography. Working together, these local photographers curate a stunning collection of images showcasing the natural beauty and wonder of the Traverse City region. See more on Instagram or by checking out #GTLiving. 

With 35 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers many places to sunbathe, beach walk, rock pick, build sand castles and play in the waves. The entire lakeshore is open to swimming, but be aware of your surroundings, because there are no lifeguards on duty in the park, and rip currents can be present along these pristine beaches.

Spring in northern Michigan may be slow to arrive this year, but that doesn't stop us from thinking about the colorful times ahead of us at the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The first signs of the season appear at the park when the snow melts and the dominant colors fall into an earthy palette. Think beige, taupe, brown and steely blue. The landscape itself hasn’t yet awoken, but Lake Michigan’s views sparkle regardless.

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