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The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a breathtaking symphony of water, sky and towering sand dunes on our Lake Michigan shoreline. Part of the national park system since 1970, Sleeping Bear is one of America’s most profoundly beautiful landscapes: a 64-mile curve of sweeping vistas, miles of perfect freshwater beaches, forested wilderness islands, and miles of hiking trails. The dark blue of Lake Michigan makes a stunning backdrop for the dunes and forests -- especially when autumn turns their leaves to brilliant gold, orange and scarlet -- while abundant wildlife and a diverse ecosystem thrill the nature lover.