Lake Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes named nation’s favorite beauty


Sleeping Bear Dunes overlook Lake Michigan. Photo: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections

If it’s a beauty pageant, then Lake Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes is certainly the crowd favorite.

Good Morning America voters recently named it one of the most beautiful places in the country. And its 35 miles of sandy beaches and crystal waters earned it a top spot on a beach expert’s best Great Lakes beaches in July.

Host Josh Elliott visited Lake Michigan’s best-kept secret and called the dunes “stunning monuments to the passage of time.” They formed when ice sheets melted and formed glacial lakes, pushing rock debris to the shoreline.

Now covered in sand, the dunes have captured national attention for their beauty; they are even celebrity chef Mario Batali’s favorite vacation spot.

One thought on “Lake Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes named nation’s favorite beauty

  1. Yes, we are truly fortunate that the magnificent shoreline of Sleeping Bear Dunes is protected for all generations to enjoy. We are especially fortunate that the political climate at the time of the National Lakeshore’s creation was not of that we find today. The anti-government, anti-public interest fervor that is stirred up by the likes of today’s right-wing radicals would never have allowed the creation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, since eminent domain was involved. Unfortunately, the process at the time wasn’t handled very well but, nonetheless, the results were clearly spectacular. We should embrace using government as a tool to benefit the lives of people–and not treat it as a threat to our well-being. There is so much more that we could do to make Michigan–and this country–better for all.

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