Recent and Featured Empire Articles

  • Photo by Drew Warner Video: Sleeping Bear Dunes Tour at 3000 Feet

    Named “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by ABC’s Good Morning America, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and spectacular scenery—and […]

  • Photo by Hans Voss 40-mile Solstice Run Raises Funds for Women in Africa

    On Friday, June 20th, Northern Michigan non-profit On The Ground and area runners will embark on their annual Solstice Run, a unique Northern Michigan sport event/fundraiser during […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Vacation Planning Your Sleeping Bear Dunes Vacation

    Check out our list of some of the best things to do at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! Dune Climbs, Good Harbor Beach and so much more!

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Vacation Things to Do for a Week-long Sleeping Bear Dunes Vacation

    One week at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will more than scratch the surface of this beautiful protected park in Benzie and Leelanau Counties.  A seven-day […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes What to Do at the Sleeping Bear Dunes in a Weekend

    However momentary your stay may seem, you can cover a lot of ground at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore during a two-day vacation. Beyond visiting the […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes park pass Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Passes Available Online

    It’s no secret that the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the biggest Northern Michigan attractions. Labeled by Good Morning America as the most “Beautiful […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes in One Day The Best Things To Do at the Sleeping Bear Dunes in One Day

    Experience the best of the Sleeping Bear Dunes in one day by visiting the park’s most popular attractions.  In this age of deadlines and schedules, the following […]

  • Northern Michigan festivals Northern Michigan Festivals & Fairs in June: Mushrooms, Bikes, Wine & More

    Celebrate everything that makes Northern Michigan great — load up your bikes with the kids and take a ride at the Beaver Island Bike Festival, then enjoy […]

  • Kid friendly activities at the Sleeping Bear Dunes 9 Kid-Friendly Activities at the Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Home to 35 miles of pristine national Lakeshore, dozens of hiking trails, sandy beaches perfect for picnics, and much more, Sleeping Bear Dunes is the crown jewel of […]

  • lake_home 8 Cool-Temp Memorial Weekend Ideas Around Traverse City

    Looking into our crystal ball this weekend at the Traverse City area forecast we see SUNSHINE! Great news for Northern Michigan vacation and stay-cation lovers! Even so […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Ranger Wins Valor Award Sleeping Bear Dunes Ranger Wins Valor Award

    A vacation at the Sleeping Bear Dunes is—under expected circumstances—an idyllic and relaxing experience; however, there are risks inherent to swimming at the beaches of the Sleeping […]

  • Cottonwood Hiking Trail

    This 1.4-mile loop is a stop on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.  The trail courses rugged dunes, featuring views of Lake Michigan and Glen Haven.

  • Empire Asparagus Festival Empire Asparagus Festival Returns to Northern Michigan

    Northern Michigan Events: Get to Empire this weekend to celebrate the 10th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival, May 17-19, 2013.

  • Empire Beach Sleeping Bear Dunes Towns

    The Northern Michigan towns adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are both quaint launchpads for your Dunes adventures or perfect Northern Michigan vacation pit-stops to […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center The Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center, Museums and More

    The shoreline along the Sleeping Bear Dunes has a rich agricultural and commercial history. Take the kids and stop by several museums, the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Hiking Trails Sleeping Bear Dunes Hiking Trails

    The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a hiker’s heaven: with miles of trails cutting through woods and over dunes—and ultimately leading to breathtaking views of Lake […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Camping Sleeping Bear Dunes Camping

    Whether you’re interested in hooking up the camper or getting off the grid, Sleeping Bear Dunes camping offers a wide spectrum of options for campers of all […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Attractions 9 Essential Sleeping Bear Dunes Attractions & Activities

    With 35 miles of sandy shoreline and 70,000 acres of protected wilderness, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is big—think three times the size of Manhattan.  With […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Beaches Sleeping Bear Dunes Beaches

    The Sleeping Bear Dunes beaches provide an unforgettable sensory experience: gentle waves of the fresh, sapphire-blue water…golden, soft sand between your toes…the warmth of the sun and […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Real Estate Sleeping Bear Dunes Real Estate: Live & Work Near the Lakeshore

    It’s not just a place to vacation: the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore can literally be in your backyard.  Here are a few Sleeping Bear Dunes real […]