Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area, MI
Is that a photo of Tatooine? It is not. In fact, this is Michigan, right between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are as close to the Sahara Desert as you'll get in the Midwest, and you'll beat the summer crowds by checking in during May and June. Springtime temperatures peak in the high 60s to low 70s, making it ideal weather for zooming around in an ATV or on a mountain bike. The surrounding towns of Hart, Pentwater, and Mears, dotted with quaint historic homes, offer plenty of non-Star Wars scenery, too, if golfing and fishing are more your style. But what's the fun in Instagramming places that don't look like you'll run into Jar Jar Binks?
Actually, Jar Jar still sucks, all these years later. Forget anyone said that.