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Stunning photos of Sleeping Bear Dunes, one of America's most beautiful places:

Stunning photos of Sleeping Bear Dunes, one of America's most beautiful places:

Imagine looking ahead and finding nothing but sand - a hilly landscape of hot, bright, grass-covered dunes that eventually spill into Lake Michigan. This 3.5 mile roundtrip dune hike is the first destination for most visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan, and many come woefully unprepared. My friend River and I bolted up to the park from Bloomington, Indiana last weekend and spent a couple of days camping, hiking and exploring. This was the first stop on an epic cross-country trip in my rigged up cargo van , and I don't think I will experience places much more beautiful than this. We didn't even scrape the surface of the park, but we did do a couple of short hikes that kicked my butt. I'm a fairly seasoned hiker accustomed to some challenging walks, but these sun-baked dunes are hard work. Walking up some of them is like being on a never-ending sta...

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