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Anyone traveling to the Grand Traverse Region should not miss traveling to nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In 2011, it topped the list as the Most Beautiful Place in America by ABC’s "Good Morning America." And stunning it is, with its large mountains of sand contrasting the clear blue water of Lake Michigan and miles of sandy beaches.
It also happens to be one of the most welcoming parks for people with disabilities. Here are a few amazing ways to enjoy the park’s splendor.
- Explore a trail using the park’s all-terrain wheelchair called the Track Chair.
- Visit the beach in one of the park’s sand wheelchairs. (Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first serve basis at the Maritime Museum boathouse and at the Cannery. A driver's license or similar ID is required.)
- Take a quiet kayak using the accessible launch on Loon Lake in Benzie County,
- Experience the spectacular panorama of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands at the overlooks on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
- Take a stroll on the accessible part of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.
- Learn some local history at the Maritime Museum in Glen Haven.
For more detailed information on the park’s accessible features, including important updates on the park’s COVID-19 response and how to reserve the items mentioned above, click here.
You might also enjoy visiting the Friends of Sleeping Bear website, which has additional information on accessibility: friendsofsleepingbear.org.