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Old 01-19-2014, 03:10 PM   #15
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We would like to stay a couple of days, but we usually get scared with all the advertised violence and bypass the city. We have flown into Chicago, had a driver pick us up and brought us to a hotel around Michigan Avenue and thoroughly enjoyed all the restaurants and shopping and are tempted to stop over on our way to a Newmar Rally in upper state Michigan in July.
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Chicago really doesn't offer any options for the RVer. In fact, there are almost no RV parks in any of the Chicago Suburban area. As for MI, I would concentrate your stay along the Lake MI coast to spending the majority, if not all your time, in Northern MI (lower UP). There are tons of options from basic RV park/campgrounds, to very high end Motorcoach Resorts. Good luck !
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If you want to go to downtown Chicago I suggest staying at Indiana Dunes. You can get the South Shore Electric train from there to Chicago and it is a great train ride on a historic route. It has a different name now but if you say South Shore everyone will know what you mean. From there a 90 minute ride will get you to Holand State Park. The sites at the beach front have full hookups on many of them. The pad is concrete but everything else is sand. The entire West coast of Michigan is sand with great beaches and some great dunes to climb. At Saugatuck and also at Mears you can get a ride in the dunebuggies. From Holland you can hit Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is also known as beer city for all the micro breweries located there. Grand Haven is an interesting small town on the beach about 20 miles N. of Holland. Muskegon has the Silver Sides navy ship that is open for tours. Ludington has the ferry that goes to Manitowoc, WI. and back. This is the only steam ferry operating on the Great Lakes. Going North along the Lake you will hit Sleeping Bear Dunes and you are free to climb them if you feel like it. Traverse City is a fun town on the way North from there. As you go North you will eventually come to Mackinaw City. From there you can catch a ferry to Mackinac Island where there are no motor vehicles. Watch where you step for the exhaust from the horses. They sweep continually so it is not really bad. Cross theBig Mac Bridge to the UP of MI. St. Ignace also has the same ferry lines running to the Island. If you head up to Sault Ste. Marie you will be at the Soo Locks between USS & Canada. The UP has Alger county whhich has 27? waterfalls and the Pictured Rocks Nat. Lakeshore. Tahquamenon Falls is closer to the bridge and near the town of Newberry. They have the Upper and Lower Falls area there. Going South, back across the bridge along the Lake Huron Side you will find Rogers City with the large Limestone quarry. When you get down to Frankenmuth you will find Bronners's Christmas Store (World's largest) and also Zehnder's and Bavarian Inn for chicken dinners. The town is a great visit any time of year. Flint, MI. has Crossroads Village which has many relocated buildings from long ago that are furnished in period and open to visit. They also have a steam train that will give rides during the day. Going down to the Detroit area, in Dearborn you will find the Henry Ford. Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum are 2 places next to each other that you could spend many days at. Henry Ford created these 2 to make it where history comes to life.
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If you want to go to downtown Chicago I suggest staying at Indiana Dunes. You can get the South Shore Electric train from there to Chicago and it is a great train ride on a historic route. It has a different name now but if you say South Shore everyone will know what you mean. From there a 90 minute ride will get you to Holand State Park. The sites at the beach front have full hookups on many of them. The pad is concrete but everything else is sand. The entire West coast of Michigan is sand with great beaches and some great dunes to climb. At Saugatuck and also at Mears you can get a ride in the dunebuggies. From Holland you can hit Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is also known as beer city for all the micro breweries located there. Grand Haven is an interesting small town on the beach about 20 miles N. of Holland. Muskegon has the Silver Sides navy ship that is open for tours. Ludington has the ferry that goes to Manitowoc, WI. and back. This is the only steam ferry operating on the Great Lakes. Going North along the Lake you will hit Sleeping Bear Dunes and you are free to climb them if you feel like it. Traverse City is a fun town on the way North from there. As you go North you will eventually come to Mackinaw City. From there you can catch a ferry to Mackinac Island where there are no motor vehicles. Watch where you step for the exhaust from the horses. They sweep continually so it is not really bad. Cross theBig Mac Bridge to the UP of MI. St. Ignace also has the same ferry lines running to the Island. If you head up to Sault Ste. Marie you will be at the Soo Locks between USS & Canada. The UP has Alger county whhich has 27? waterfalls and the Pictured Rocks Nat. Lakeshore. Tahquamenon Falls is closer to the bridge and near the town of Newberry. They have the Upper and Lower Falls area there. Going South, back across the bridge along the Lake Huron Side you will find Rogers City with the large Limestone quarry. When you get down to Frankenmuth you will find Bronners's Christmas Store (World's largest) and also Zehnder's and Bavarian Inn for chicken dinners. The town is a great visit any time of year. Flint, MI. has Crossroads Village which has many relocated buildings from long ago that are furnished in period and open to visit. They also have a steam train that will give rides during the day. Going down to the Detroit area, in Dearborn you will find the Henry Ford. Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum are 2 places next to each other that you could spend many days at. Henry Ford created these 2 to make it where history comes to life.
We were in Frankenmuth last April. I thought the bakery at Zehnders was better than the chicken! German chocolate streusel and cookies!
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Thanks - all great ideas - love information about taking train - had not thought of that
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We would like to stay a couple of days, but we usually get scared with all the advertised violence and bypass the city. We have flown into Chicago, had a driver pick us up and brought us to a hotel around Michigan Avenue and thoroughly enjoyed all the restaurants and shopping and are tempted to stop over on our way to a Newmar Rally in upper state Michigan in July.
your afraid of Chicago, why? they have strict gun laws there.
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We were in Frankenmuth last April. I thought the bakery at Zehnders was better than the chicken! German chocolate streusel and cookies!
That whole west side of Michigan is great. Lake Huron side is nice too but not as geared to tourist.
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Here's a very neat restaurant we came across a few years ago. Definitely unique and about 20 miles southwest of Mackinaw City.
Legs Inn - Cross Village, Michigan
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your afraid of Chicago, why? they have strict gun laws there.

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