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You Can Actually See The Milky Way When Camping At This Michigan State Park

Gaze up at the stars and feel like you're in a whole other world.

As if there aren't enough reasons to visit the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore already, on clear nights you can gaze at the entire Milky Way — and it's something that you really need to see. 

While most will visit The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for their insane beachy views and hikes, this is probably Michigan's best and most famous park for night visits too — and for good reason.

There are several options for camping and planning an overnight trip; it's a good way to make sure that you get the best that the sky has to offer. 

Depending on how rustic you want to go, there are a lot of different choices. There's one with electricity and running water and also an area where you can be alone with just your tent and the stars. You can check out the different campsites here.

The views are so good that every year, the National Parks Service (NPS) hosts stargazing parties between April and October so that visitors can get the most out of the gorgeous sky.

The NPS chart shows which space bodies are going to be in full view on what date and gives you a guide to viewing the cosmos to the fullest. 

You can join in with the group during these parties or chart your own path to take a personal sky-gazing tour.

This area has one of the lowest light pollution scores in the state meaning you're not going to find a much darker spot to sit back and enjoy the constellations. 

What could be more romantic than looking at the stars at one of the most beautiful national parks in the country?

If you want to check out other fun things to do outdoors in Michigan check out this rock formation that's straight out of Disney's 'Avatar' or these hiking trails that lead to stunning waterfalls.

Stargazing at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Price: For every vehicle that enters that park, you must pay $25 for a pass that's valid for a week or you can buy a $45 annual pass that lets you go into the park all year.

Address: You can park at the visitor center at 9922 W Front St, Empire, MI

Why You Need To Go: If you want to have one of the best views of the sky, you need to visit.

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