National Geographic rates Sleeping Bear beach world-class
One of Michigan’s popular vacation destinations has been named as having one of the best beaches in the world.
National Geographic has recognized Sleeping Bear Point, which is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, as one of the best 21 beaches in the world. It’s highlighted as an ideal destination for dune walkers.
In the publication’s summary of the beach, author Kimberley Lovato writes:
“Pure freshwater and 450-foot bluffs mean eyes-open swimming and vast views over Lake Michigan. Walk from the former Sleeping Bear Point 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.”
Located in northern Michigan near Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore drew 1.5 million visitors in 2015. It’s part of the National Park Service.
This isn’t the first time in recent years that the park has received national attention. In 2011, Sleeping Bear Dunes was named the winner of Good Morning America’s Most Beautiful Places competition.
National Geographic also recognized the following American beaches: Sunset Beach, Brunswick Islands in North Carolina, Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island in Florida, Cannon Beach in Oregon, Carmel City Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and Papakōlea Beach, Hawaii.