The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is U.S. National Park located in Benzie and Lake Leelanau counties.
A trail that can be completed under 45 minutes and shows many peeks of Lake Michigan through the trees. With more shade, it makes for a better hiking experience on warmer days.
Not to be confused with Pyramid Point Loop, this trail offers stunning panoramas of Lake Michigan on a narrow sandy trail. Make sure to pack sunscreen, there's less shade on this loop.
Offering more seclusion than other swimming areas with a white sandy beach on Lake Michigan. Though there is rocky swimming, with water shoes (or careful footing) the water is fine.
A popular swimming area where Platte River empties into Lake Michigan, and a nesting area for an endangered bird, the Piping Plover. Many people start their day trips canoeing, kayaking, or tubing trips upstream to end it here.
There are a few campgrounds available but make sure to book in advance on the National Park Service website.