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Silver Lake State Park

           This State Park is such a unique location.  It consists of sand dunes on the edge of Lake Michigan that span almost as far as the eye can see.  I always describe it like a desert in the sky.  There are hardly any trees on top of the dunes so it's really barren.  There is a section of the dunes that is blocked off for people to ride jeeps, dirt bikes, and other sorts of vehicles that I don't know a lot about.  It's pretty entertaining to watch though.  We camped here for our first night.  I don't recommend camping here because the campground gets pretty busy and loud.  There is also this lighthouse on the edge of the park.  


Traverse City

          This is one of my favorite towns in Michigan.  I love the way the building are located around this little river.  There are a bunch of cool bridges and paths.  There is also a beach right in town and a marina.  The shopping is really great too.  I got a super cute pair of pink sunglasses from here. 


Fisherman's Island State Park

          I had never been here before.  This is where we stayed the second night.  Although there isn't that much to do in this State Park, it's a really good place to camp.  It's located right on the beach!  The campground was pretty secluded and quiet.  If you get lucky or make a reservation you can literally camp right on the beach.  One thing to keep in mind is that this place doesn't have showers or electricity.  It was perfect for one night.  There is a tiny island located right off the coast.  You could probably visit it with a kayak or paddle board.  Unfortunately, We didn't have either of those.  


Charlevoix

I love Charlevoix for so many reasons.  It has a beautiful downtown area, great food, and overall nice vibe.  This is as far north as we came on this trip.  One of the reasons we wanted to come here is because Bridge Street Tap Room has a mac & cheese grilled cheese sandwich that is delicious.  I have been twice before and couldn't get it out of my head.  We also found this beach in Charlevoix.  I haven't been here either.  The sand it some of the whitest great lakes sand I have ever seen.  


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

          Sleeping Bear Dunes is literally one of my favorite places on earth.  It consists of a bunch of super high sand dunes, trails, beaches, and a shipwreck.  The main attraction is the tallest dune that is 450 feet high and right next to Lake Michigan.  It may not look that high in these pictures but that's usually the case.  Pictures can't capture all of the beauty of a place.  The second to last picture shows the scale a little bit better because you can see people climbing it.  I have been here twice before but never went down until this time.  It is really time consuming and not recommended.  It's best to come here at sunset.  Sadly, it was cloudy this day.


Glen Arbor

          Glen Arbor is nestled right in the middle of Sleeping Bear Dunes.  It's a tiny town with shops and restaurants, just like all of my other favorite Michigan towns.  It's a good place to get food when you are visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes.  I recommend checking out Cherry Republic.  Cherry Republic is a super unique store that has a huge variety of products, all made with Michigan Cherries.  You can find, cherry wine, cherry soda, cherry ice cream, candy, chocolate covered cherries, jam, salsa, etc.  You can get free samples of most of it.  They also offer free wine tasting!  There are other locations in Charlevoix and Traverse City.  This first building is my favorite boutique, Cotton Seed.  I've found a few nice things there in the past.  

SWEATSHIRT: Souvenir from Saugatuck  (From a different trip to Michigan) | JEANS: Forever 21 | T-SHIRT: Uniqlo | PURSE: Michael Kors | SANDALS: Forever 21

          I planned on the weather being typical summer weather but it was a bit chillier.  I ended up having to wear my jeans and the same sweatshirt most of the time.  That's why I am pretty much wearing the same thing in every picture.  I wanted to blog a few new outfits but it was just too chilly.  






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