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Empire Travel Guide

Empire, Michigan is the jumping-off point to explore all the incredible trails and sand dunes of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Located right at the heart of it all, this small town is a wonderful place to base yourself for all the surrounding scenic beauty. Choose from fishing, cycling, walking, renting a boat, surfing, paddle boarding, you name it, you can do it on this beautiful stretch of coast.

Things to Do in Empire

This part of the world is popular with hikers, and it’s no surprise why. With literally miles and miles of treasured trails meandering through forests, along cliff tops and over the famous dunes, it’s an outdoor ehtusiast's heaven. If you want some guidance, you can choose from three of the most popular trails: The Dune climb, The Empire Bluffs Trail, and the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Empire Beach is just a short walk from downtown Empire and is where you will get the most awe-inspiring views across Lake Michigan. With the bluffs towering above you and miles of clear freshwater in front, it’s truly a place where nature shows off its assets.

Spend a day in the Empire Area Museum if you want to see how the town got its legacy from small beginnings to the place it is today.

Best Time to Visit Empire

Visit Empire in October and enjoy the Empire Hops Festival.

Price and Availability Index in Empire

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Empire is in June, while the cheapest month is in January. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Empire is in the high season in July. Empire has its low season in January, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Empire tends to be Tuesday, while the most expensive day tends to be Saturday. Vacation homes in Empire tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Wednesdays.

The weather in Empire

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Empire. The hottest month in Empire is April, when temperatures peak at 88 ˚F. The coolest month is August, when temperatures drop to 1 ˚F. The wettest month in Empire is October with 5.87 inches of rain, while the driest month is July with 0.87 inches of rain.

Vacation Rentals in Empire

At AllTheRooms.com we have accommodations from all of your favourite providers - Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and more. We have 640 vacation rentals, hotels and other accommodation types in Empire ranging from budget options to luxury places to stay. For those traveling on a budget, the cheapest place to stay in Empire is available at $59 per night. The average price of accommodation in is $231 per night.

If you want to stay connected during your trip, then you can choose from over 190 accommodations in Empire that have WiFi. We have 6 accommodations that come with a breakfast included. You can keep up with your workout regime by staying at one of 8 accommodations that provide gym facilities. Driving to Empire? Then choose one of the 154 places to stay that comes with a parking spot included.

AllTheRooms has 60 pet-friendly places to stay in Empire, so if you're travelling with your cat or dog you won't have any trouble.

In Empire AllTheRooms currently aggregates hotels, vacation rentals, hostels from more than 4 providers, including 90 places to stay from Airbnb, 34 accommodations from VRBO and 34 places to stay from Homeaway.

324 accommodations in Empire have been reviewed: 56% are rated excellent or good. 196 accommodations allow instant booking.

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