Set in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore.

On the western side of Michigan's "pinky", Empire is a tiny village on the Lake Michigan side of the Leelanau Peninsula. Surrounded by ancient forests and towering mountains of sand, Empire is a gorgeous setting for your next visit to the Leelanau area.

Empire is surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted one of the country's top travel destinations. Home of the Empire Bluffs, visitors can walk the trails, surf the big waves in Lake Michigan, sub-bathe on Empire Beach, and simply enjoy nature's beauty.

Besides the picturesque location, Empire offers visitors unique shopping and dining experiences. Enjoy some delicious burgers and beers, then pick-up some hand-made art and other gift options. Looking for an incredible place to take the family and relax? Hit North Bar Lake, a warm inland lake that is an inlet to Lake Michigan. Canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, fish, or just take in some sun.

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