Sleeping Bear Dunes has the darkest skies I’ve ever seen in the Lower Peninsula! Behold, our home galaxy stretching over North Bar Lake! I spent months researching the area, and wanted to give this location a shot, and I’m really glad I did. This was the first time I’ve ever been to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at night, and it sure didn’t disappoint. The skies were exceptionally dark, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky that night.