The Legend of Sleeping Bear Dunes has captivated children and adults alike for hundreds of years. According to the National Park Service, legend has it that “Long ago, along the Wisconsin shoreline, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into Lake Michigan by a raging forest fire. The bears swam for many hours, but eventually the cubs tired and lagged behind. Mother Bear reached the shore and climbed to the top of a high bluff to watch and wait for her cubs. Too tired to continue, the cubs drowned within sight of the shore. The Great Spirit Manitou created two islands to mark the spot where the cubs disappeared and then created a solitary dune to represent the faithful mother bear.”
Experience the Dunes firsthand during the 2014 Michigander. The Michigander will take riders along the newly- built Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, which spans 27 miles. The trail is paved, wheel-chair accessible and travels 4.25 miles from the Dune Climb to the village of Glen Arbor. A hike up the Dune Climb is a main attraction for kids (and adults!) to climb up and run down the dunes, which overlooks Glen Lake. Modern restrooms and a bookstore are at the base of the Dune Climb, and riders can climb back up the dune to cool off in Lake Michigan or have a picnic at the bottom of the dunes.
Areas surrounding the Dunes are rich in not only history, but with shops, eateries, galleries, music and wine. One-of-a-kind shops in Leelanau County offer a unique and enjoyable experience, and visitors are greeted with a warm welcome from the local businesses. If you grab a bite to eat, you can enjoy a dining experience on the waterfront or outdoor dining to enjoy the scenic views of Leelanau County.
We’ll see you at the Dunes July 12-18 for the 2014 Michigander True North Bicycle Tour!
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