First, we followed the road all the way north to hit Glen Haven beach. When we got there, there were only a few people, the water was crystal clear, and polished rocks lined the beach.
We left our shoes at the end of the boardwalk and made our way down the beach. Along the way, we came across a Coast Guard museum that had a lot of interesting information and artifacts from sunken ships.
After, we grabbed a bite to eat in town at a family owned restaurant and then headed up to our favorite part of the trip- Empire bluff. I think we could have spent all night up there; I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
And finally, we made our way down to a hidden beach in empire that had the most beautiful lighthouse , bonfire pits, and (again) crystal clear 70 degree water.
I've been to 7 different countries and this little gem three hours away still makes my top 10 most beautiful places I've ever been to in my life. We didn't get to hike the actual sleeping bear dune since they warned us it's a 3-4 hour round trip walk, but it would have been nice to see had we had the time.
Its amazing to see nature in its rawest untouched form. The streets of Paris are beautiful, Chicago is breathtaking, and the castles in Prague and Austria are works of art, but nothing beats seeing something that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. God and time are still my favorite architects.