Visit This Midwestern Beach To Experience Crystal Blue Waters In The US

Nope, you don't have to shell out thousands on a trip to Tahiti or fly to Mexico to dip your toes in some stunning blue water. In fact, it may not be all that far from your front door if you live in the Midwest. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a little hidden gem located on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan that's been named the "Most Beautiful Place in America" by ABC's "Good Morning America." With a title like that, you can't leave this one off the bucket list!

What sets this park apart from other lakeshores are its beautiful blue waters and the jaw-dropping white dunes that tower 450 feet above the lake. Not only that, but there are huge forests, inland lakes and streams, and tons of unique wildlife and greenery to discover. With all of the amazing outdoor activities available here, this national park is the perfect place to bring the family and take a break from the rapid pace of everyday life.

Experience all that the Sleeping Bear Dunes have to offer

No matter the season you decide to visit, there's always something to do at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You can go snowshoeing in the winter, hike the many trails around the park, or visit the Manitou islands. However, the best time to visit the beach and play in the water is, of course, late spring to early fall. If you enjoy kayaking or canoeing, rent a couple of boats from one of the many nearby purveyors and meander along the Platte River. You could also take a kayak out onto Lake Michigan itself, but only when the weather permits, as it's typically quite gusty.

The best way to enjoy the beaches is simply to take a few chairs, a cooler full of snacks and beverages of your choice, and chill out on the soft sands. If you're more of an active, thrill-seeking family, you (or maybe just the kids) could attempt the Sleeping Bear Dunes Climb, a local rite of passage and a killer workout! While it might seem like a simple task, climbing up the steep dune is incredibly difficult as your feet sink into the sand, making each step a painstaking trudge. We recommend tossing aside any pride you have and getting on your hands and feet to make the trek. Once you finish, carefully walk or roll back down to take a dip in the cool waters of Lake Michigan.