If you haven’t been to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore recently, or ever, it’s time to get cracking. By next summer, it will be busier than ever after ABC’s “Good Morning America” announced today that it was voted “The Most Beautiful Place in America.”
Our beautiful Northwestern Michigan lakeshore won out over better-known tourist areas like Cape Cod, Sedona, Aspen and Lanikai Beach in Hawaii!
This video link shows footage of the entire “Good Morning America” announcement, which is as significant a publicity piece as winning the honor. ABC spent a full segment of its popular morning show rhapsodizing over the quaint dunes-area communities, locally-grown foods and fabulous restaurants. After you watch the piece, be sure to forward it to all your friends and family.
According to an article in today’s Detroit Free Press, a 2009 survey of tourists to Sleeping Bear found 47 percent were first-time visitors to the 71,000-acre park, while a whopping 25 percent had visited at least six times before. Some 56 percent said the dunes-studded lakeshore was the primary reason for their visit to the area.
So first-timers and repeat visitors, avoid the crowds. Plan a visit to the most beautiful place in America now, right in your own backyard. When you go, be sure you have your reservations made for nights of pure comfort at nearby MBBA-member bed and breakfast inns. The are quality-assured for your enjoyment and peace of mind.