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Sleeping Bear Dunes Voted 'Most Beautiful Place in America'
ABC News/Travel ^ | 8/17/2011 | ALBERTO ORSO and SABRINA PARISE

Posted on 08/17/2011 9:45:02 AM PDT by Lakeshark

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, tucked away in the northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, won the title of "Good Morning America's" Most Beautiful Place in America.

Tens of thousands of viewers voted online for this Michigan park, which is one of the nation's best-kept secrets. The hidden gem boasts 64 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan, two islands, 26 inland lakes, more than 50,000 acres of land, and the monumental sand dunes from which it gets its name.

In June, "GMA" set out in search of the most beautiful places in America. Viewers nominated their favorite places online, sending in thousands of photos from across the country showcasing spectacular sunsets, regal mountaintops and jaw-dropping views, many with awe-inspiring stories to match.

From there "GMA" narrowed the field down to 10 -- Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mich.; Newport, R.I.; Cape Cod, Mass.; Point Reyes, Calif.; Aspen, Colo.; Sedona, Ariz; Destin, Fla.; Asheville, N.C.; Lanikai Beach, Hawaii; and Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: beautiful; empire; geography; glennarbor; michigan; nature
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Heh. I can't believe I'm posting something from ABC News. They may not have gotten this right, the other areas are beautiful as well; it is for certain this area of the country is drop dead gorgeous, go to the link for pics.
1 posted on 08/17/2011 9:45:05 AM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: grellis; rintense

For once, a good news Michigan ping.


2 posted on 08/17/2011 9:45:52 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: catpuppy; Darlin'; derllak; Borax Queen; Darksheare
Eat your heart out....

:-)

3 posted on 08/17/2011 9:47:27 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark

Most Beautiful? I have nothing against the Great Lakes but looking at those photos not sure that’s the location I’d pick. I like the name, though.


4 posted on 08/17/2011 9:51:18 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Lakeshark

Thanks. Will be there in about a week.


5 posted on 08/17/2011 9:51:23 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Lakeshark

America is loaded with beautiful places.

Big Sur, the Maine Coast, the Grand Tetons...so much to see here.


6 posted on 08/17/2011 9:52:32 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Lakeshark

I had no idea that Yosemite was no longer in America. Just kidding, congrats to MI.


7 posted on 08/17/2011 9:53:33 AM PDT by Lou Budvis ("Socialism...the smiling face of slavery")
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To: Lakeshark

Most beautiful? Hmmmmm... that’s an impossible thing to judge. Certainly a topic for harmless conversation.

I’ve been their, it’s gorgeous, and not far from the UP. I love northern Michigan. (Am I, as an Ohioan, allowed to say that?)


8 posted on 08/17/2011 9:53:45 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: brownsfan

Actually, I’ve been THERE, sheesh.


9 posted on 08/17/2011 9:56:05 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: brownsfan

“I’ve been their, it’s gorgeous, and not far from the UP. I love northern Michigan. (Am I, as an Ohioan, allowed to say that?)”

Hey brownsfan, we use to vacation in N.Michigan. Gorgeous up there...Mackinaw Island awesome... The fishing awesome...the weather unpredictable even in Aug....the golf awesome....the Beer awesome....we just spent a week in Grand Haven and did the sand dunes near Muskegeon. Nice State and very underrated except for a crappy football team in Ann Arbor.


10 posted on 08/17/2011 10:01:21 AM PDT by oust the louse (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: Lakeshark

I don’t know about all that. I like the view out my office window here in Texas. I can see a highway, some other office buildings, some dead grass, some trees, a few longhorns, etc.

It may not be an idyllic scene, but I know that everyone down there is free. I can’t say so much for people in Michigan.


11 posted on 08/17/2011 10:02:03 AM PDT by tpmintx (The people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: Lakeshark

12 posted on 08/17/2011 10:02:53 AM PDT by softwarecreator
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To: brownsfan
I’ve been their, it’s gorgeous, and not far from the UP. I love northern Michigan. (Am I, as an Ohioan, allowed to say that?)

Since U of M ended their football program, Ohio is a now a friendly neighbor state. One of my favorite drives in the country is along the north bank of the Ohio River Valley on Route 52 between Cincinnati and West Virgina. Beautiful!

13 posted on 08/17/2011 10:03:26 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: steve86

Those pictures don’t do justice. The beach there is among the most beautiful in the world.


14 posted on 08/17/2011 10:03:33 AM PDT by sand lake bar (This bag may be used as a toy)
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To: Lakeshark

Beautiful pictures.

I grew up on the north end of a sand bottom lake called Crooked Lake (Calusa - Indian Name) located in a sleepy town called Babson Park in Central Florida. The area is named the “Ridge” because of the high elevation. Bok Singing Tower is five miles North. This lake is over 100 miles around the shoreline. My house faced East on the coveted North end and the sunrises were magnificent. When your home is on a hill looking out over that huge lake, you feel like you’re in paradise because you have a birds eye view, not at all what is usually seen in areas of the rest of the State. Lots of great fishing too! Bald Eagles everywhere. Oh, and no snow.

Thanks for posting and bringing back some wonderful memories.


15 posted on 08/17/2011 10:07:37 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: Lakeshark

Had a great visit to the dunes in the summer of ‘63.

Re: the videos of the ten places. When will the TV folks quit placing those infernal crawls across the bottom of the viewing screen? They always block part of the scene and in many instances, the most important part of what is being shown. But, it is all about them, isn’t it.


16 posted on 08/17/2011 10:08:17 AM PDT by miele man
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To: sand lake bar

No offense, but I would put this place last in the list of 10.


17 posted on 08/17/2011 10:10:18 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: softwarecreator


18 posted on 08/17/2011 10:16:38 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Dixie Yooper

“Since U of M ended their football program, Ohio is a now a friendly neighbor state. “

And in response, OSU has ended theirs.


19 posted on 08/17/2011 10:18:31 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: Lakeshark

Lots of beautiful places in Michigan.

If I die tonight, I hope I wake up in Grand Marais Michigan.


20 posted on 08/17/2011 10:26:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Lakeshark

Mitten state ping. Finally some good news.


21 posted on 08/17/2011 10:27:07 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: brownsfan
And in response, OSU has ended theirs.

I bet Woody and Bo are spitting bullets.

22 posted on 08/17/2011 10:27:40 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
These guys do too....

Pyramid Point, with the Manitou Islands in the background, these are other areas of the natkional park.

23 posted on 08/17/2011 10:27:49 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: cripplecreek

Another great spot. Yes indeed.


24 posted on 08/17/2011 10:28:45 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark

Personally I’d vote for another Michigan locale (Isle Royale), but the Dunes are certainly a great candidate. Enjoy!


25 posted on 08/17/2011 10:33:02 AM PDT by Liberty1970 (Laws demand a Lawgiver)
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To: Lakeshark
I've got mixed feelings about promoting Michigan because I don't want it all cluttered up with people. There are too many beautiful places to pick just one. Even in the most heavily populated strip along the I 94 corridor there is some serious beauty.

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I took this photo near Tipton.
26 posted on 08/17/2011 10:34:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Liberty1970
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27 posted on 08/17/2011 10:35:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Liberty1970

I have a good friend who used to camp there, he saw it as a tie between camping there and the Manitou Islands (offshore from the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes).


28 posted on 08/17/2011 10:35:29 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: cripplecreek
The shoreline at sunset north of Leland:

Sunset off the north end of Manitou Island from north of Leland:


29 posted on 08/17/2011 10:42:47 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark
Pthththt!!!

They haven't been to my place.

30 posted on 08/17/2011 10:43:03 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Lakeshark
Fishing at the mouth of the Hurricane river on Lake Superior.

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31 posted on 08/17/2011 10:47:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Pride in the USA

Some pictures and stuff you might enjoy.


32 posted on 08/17/2011 10:47:10 AM PDT by lonevoice (schizophrenic hostage taking hobbit terrorist)
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To: Lakeshark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwIGZLjugKA&ob=av2e


33 posted on 08/17/2011 10:48:45 AM PDT by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Lakeshark
Favorite spot in Michigan. Beautiful!


34 posted on 08/17/2011 10:50:37 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: cripplecreek
My backyard in Jackson county.

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Just down the road

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35 posted on 08/17/2011 10:51:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: cripplecreek

Very pretty pic!!


36 posted on 08/17/2011 10:54:45 AM PDT by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: opentalk; onyx
The Sleeping Bear from the water:


37 posted on 08/17/2011 10:55:45 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Stop for lunch at Joe’s Friendly Tavern in Empire (Yes,that’s really the name of the place) for lunch if it is still there. Haven’t been there in about 10 yrs. Beautiful country.


38 posted on 08/17/2011 10:58:14 AM PDT by shooter223 (the government should fear the citizens......not the other way around)
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To: opentalk

Nice pictures.

And on the opposite side of the state is Detroit, an incredibly non-picturesque area.


39 posted on 08/17/2011 11:00:31 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Lakeshark

Michigan

It ain’t easy to love but its worth it.


40 posted on 08/17/2011 11:00:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: MplsSteve
And on the opposite side of the state is Detroit, an incredibly non-picturesque area.

Truth is that we keep Detroit like that to scare the riff raff away.
41 posted on 08/17/2011 11:02:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Lakeshark

Where’d they get the invisible bikes? :-)


42 posted on 08/17/2011 11:20:02 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Lakeshark

It truly is, and should be experienced in all 4 seasons.


43 posted on 08/17/2011 11:33:14 AM PDT by rintense (ABO can KMA.)
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To: softwarecreator

I sleep bare myself...


44 posted on 08/17/2011 11:57:53 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: cripplecreek

Or 60-65 miles west of there...


45 posted on 08/17/2011 11:59:29 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: softwarecreator

I like those dunes as well...


46 posted on 08/17/2011 12:10:09 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: Elsie
Tahquamenon is awesome too.

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47 posted on 08/17/2011 12:10:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Lakeshark
Sure is a beautiful place. Though it doesn't have a lot of beach area to go swimming from.

An aside: The wiki pics are pretty good too, considering the camera used. Talk about 'early digital'. This is why I stuck with my Nikon FE and 35mm film back then. Digital sensors couldn't match the grain quality of film (aka: Noise)


Olympus c2100uz
This looks like a digital version of an Olympus 35mm film camera I got for the wife to use back then.

48 posted on 08/17/2011 12:21:49 PM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: rintense
Lived in Michigan all my life....Michigan 4 seasons...June, July, August and Winter......

Or...Michigan's 2 seasons Winter and Road under Construction....:O)

49 posted on 08/17/2011 12:32:01 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Lakeshark; Elsie
I'm sure glad we didn't make the list. Flipping tree huggers can stay away from God's country.


50 posted on 08/17/2011 12:32:33 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where Freepers will meet again next summer. Especially Elsie!)
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