Empire is both a township and a village. The village lies within the larger township and is part of Leelanau County. Just shy of 400 people live in this beautiful part of Michigan. Have you heard of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore? You are talking about some impressive panoramic views. As you make your way to Empire MI, what are some of the top things to do there?
Things To Do
Let's first look at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Find West Front Street, and you can choose to take the scenic drive or hit the hiking trails. You can also bike there, and reviewers mention that the bike trails are paved. If you choose to hike, be careful because some of the dunes are rather steep. No matter what you decide to do there, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a great Lake Michigan experience.
The next top attraction in Empire is Lake Michigan Beach Park. This beach is located off of Lake Michigan Drive, and the beaches up in that area are gorgeous. You will find fire pits for roasting marshmallows, and there is also playground equipment for the kids if you are traveling as a family. Enjoy a nice stroll on the beach, watch the sunset, go for a swim and do all kinds of fun stuff. Lake Michigan Beach Park is a great place to visit.
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive sounds lovely, and it is actually part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore mentioned earlier. It is seven miles long, and there is a covered bridge and a viewing platform, too. This sounds like a beautiful drive to take with the family while you enjoy the views. Maybe you can pack a picnic to take along with you.
Pyramid Point Trail is another place of interest, and you get a great view of the Manitou Islands and Lake Michigan. It is said to be quite the uphill hike by some, yet one person says it is an easy hike. Perhaps the best thing to do is to check it out and just do what you feel like doing. It will be a fun place to visit.
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