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Old 05-25-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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Planning to drive around Lake Michigan, the entire lake.

We'll be in St. Louis shortly. We're thinking about going north to Gary IN and Lake Michigan, then take the roads up the lake's eastern coast to I75, then US2 to State route 35 south to Green Bay, then Milwaukee before heading back to California in late September.

Our motorhome is 39' and we pull a toad. We'll try to stay at a few Harvest Host farms/vinyards.

Does anyone have advice on sights to see, places to go, camping areas? We have not traveled to this part of the country.

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.

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hello this is home to me so here goes lake michigan rec area north of Ludington, Sleeping bear dunes, several vineyards near Traverse city, in the UP big spring near Indian lake is really something lots of lighthouses, its off your route but porcupine mt state park is also a favorite. Happy travels Mike
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This site will give you some ideas. The popular side is west Michigan. It's also the most crowded in summer. Definitely make Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore one of your stops. That whole area is gorgeous with some neat little towns to poke around.

Lake Michigan Circle Tour - Travel the Lake Michigan Circle Tour


Take a ferry day trip to Mackinac Island (no vehicles). Cross the Mackinac bridge for an awesome experience. The Upper Peninsula will be a lot quieter than the lower of Michigan. Whitefish Point is another must stop. On the west side of the Upper Peninsula are a lot of waterfalls with easy walks to many of them. The visitor centers publish a map to them.

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Travis City a good place to go along with Mackinac Island, plan a whole day there as you'll have to walk and/or take buggy rides. There are a couple nice campground on either the south or north side of Mackinaw Bridge. We've stayed on the north end on clear days so we can watch the ships go by, although ship traffic is down but the sunsets are still nice.
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Do not miss Fayette Historic Town Site / Snail Shell Harbor, south of Hwy 2 in Upper Michigan. A great look into the past.

Also the Fort in Mackinac City and the Lighthouse there are historic. Mac City is very nice, and the ferry trip to the island is well worth a day.

Great RV resorts and parks in and around Petoskey. Harbor Springs is a quaint summer town to visit shop, relax, and watch the yachts.

Enroute We stayed in a small family owned RV park in Rapid River MI, a nice stop midway between Mackinac and Green Bay back in 2011. We are a 42 ft MH with toad, and the pull thrus were fine there. Some truck noise and an occasional train, but a nice stop. Really nice people in that area.
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Little off topic--but--has anyone taken their RV across Lake Michigan on the ferry ?

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I was looking at the ferry web site today, I thought I read, they have a 8ft height limit.
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The site I looked at shows $6.95 per foot for a MH. ?? (One way). I'll give them a call. Thanks.

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Your right, I was looking at the High Speed Ferry.
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When you come around the north end of the lake into Wisconsin, consider touring the Door peninsula that juts out from Green Bay. Door County Visitor Bureau | Door County Wisconsin

The White Gull Inn, in Fish Creek, is worth a stop for a meal, and there's a nice campground in Bailey's Harbor.

If you like airplanes, the experimental aircraft association museum in Oshkosh is great https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-museum

If you like road racing, see if your visit coincides with something at Elkhart Lake Welcome to Road America | Elkhart Lake's Road America, Inc.
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I saw that ferry also. Thanks

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When you come around the north end of the lake into Wisconsin, consider touring the Door peninsula that juts out from Green Bay. Door County Visitor Bureau | Door County Wisconsin

The White Gull Inn, in Fish Creek, is worth a stop for a meal, and there's a nice campground in Bailey's Harbor.

If you like airplanes, the experimental aircraft association museum in Oshkosh is great https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-museum

If you like road racing, see if your visit coincides with something at Elkhart Lake Welcome to Road America | Elkhart Lake's Road America, Inc.

If your near Oshkosh in late July the EAA air show is there each year. Great event.

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Consider adding a detour to Tehquamenom Falls and Pictured Rocks.

Also be sure to stop at the UFO Landing Port
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Almost forgot... Legs Inn - Cross Village, Michigan
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