If you’ve ever been to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you already know it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (remember, when Good Morning America said so, too?). Now National Geographic has caught the Up North fever, including the lakeshore in its picks for “21 Best Beaches in the World.”

Sleeping Bear Point was included in the dune walkers category, with National Geographic writing:

Sleeping Bear Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan: Pure freshwater and 450-foot bluffs mean eyes-open swimming and vast views over Lake Michigan. Walk from the former Coast Guard Station, now a maritime museum, or along the Sleeping Bear Point Trail over low-lying dunes to the beach. In the distance look for North and South Manitou Islands, prime spots for hiking and camping.”

If you need any more convincing, just watch this awe-inspiring aerial video of the lakeshore.

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Photo(s) by Taylor Brown