’Tis time for another Life Lately post! Last weekend Drew and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by taking a little trip up to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City. I had actually never been to either – which is crazy because both of those places are iconic Michigan vacation spots. Sleeping Bear Dunes is located in the northern lower peninsula on the west side of the state right along Lake Michigan, and Traverse City is just a ways east of there along the Grand Traverse Bay, which connects to Lake Michigan as well. My fellow Michiganders know how gorgeous our Great Lakes are so even if you’ve never been you can understand why people love it up there so much. To people outside of Michigan, plan your next summer vacation along the coast of Lake Michigan because it is pretty incredible up there.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore
The first day of our trip we spent in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore– Starting in Empire, MI to check out the Empire Bluff Overlook. It’s just a short hike to get to this spot and you get a really great view of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Manitou Island from here. There was actually a couple getting married as we were hiking! I thought it was just a little fun pre-ceremony hike but then they started the official ceremony and fellow hikers got quiet and we all watched.