Traverse City: 6-Hour Tour of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Activity provider: Up North Tours

Traverse City: 6-Hour Tour of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Activity provider: Up North Tours

From US$ 159 per person

Discover why Sleeping Bear Dunes is the #1 attraction in the Traverse City area. Enjoy round-trip transportation, snacks, drinks, and a catered lunch.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Look for the Up North Tours Vehicle Pick up is between 10:00 - 10:15am
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Hike to Empire Bluffs overlook (1.5-miles round trip)
  • Take a drive along scenic Pierce Stocking Drive
  • Enjoy the views over Glen Lake, Sleeping Bear and Lake Michigan
  • Learn about when Schooners and Steamships ruled the Great Lakes from Glen Haven
Full description
Discover the natural landscape and history of Traverse City on a dune tour. Hike, climb dunes, and enjoy lunch on the shore of Lake Michigan. Learn about the region and see stunning views at Empire Bluffs. Take a short hike, then enjoy lunch on the soft sand beach of Lake Michigan, then head along scenic Pierce Stocking Drive. Stop at Glen Lake, Sleeping Bear, and the observation deck at Lake Michigan, and try to spot old shipwrecks. Try out your dune-climbing skills, or sit back and watch others walk, run, roll or somersault down. Learn about the historic village of Glen Haven where Schooners and Steamships operated in the 1800s. Visit the US life-saving Station where they attempted to save sinking ships. Head back along M-22, known as of the prettiest roads in Northern Michigan.
  • Expert guide
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Catered lunch
  • Entrance fees to Sleeping Bear Dunes
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Hiking shoes

    Know before you go

    • This tour will take place rain or shine.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 4 reviews

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    This is one of the best tours we’ve taken. The tour included all the high points of the area, including excellent vistas for memorable pictures. Our guide Matt provided great insight throughout the day to enhance our tour. I highly recommend this tour to experience all the sleeping bear dunes has to offer.

    October 1, 2021

    I have taken many many tours. When I tell you this was one of the best tours I have been on I mean it. Matt is fantastic. A Michigander who is extremely knowledgeable of the history and geographical significance of the Great Lakes and Michigan. I learned so much all while seeing the beauty of the state. Pickup in Traverse City, chilled water & soda, a tasty sub sandwich and chips all included in the price of the tour. I highly highly recommended this tour. I cannot give enough kudos to Matt. Truly a perfect day in northern Michigan.

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    July 11, 2021

    Product ID: 399806