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Old 06-06-2016, 06:53 AM   #1
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Planning trip to Wisconsin last 2 weeks of July.

We are planning a trip to Wisconsin the last 2 weeks of july. We have a Winnebago and tow a crv. Would like to know about campgrounds and points of interest, Wisconsin Dells, etc. ?

We also may be considering continuing up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then south through Michigan back to WV.

Any advise would be great !
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There are several kid-centric type parks in the Dells. I chose not to stay that close to all the excitement, so we stayed in Country Roads RV park. I believe they advertise it as for 'the older kids'. It's close enough to everything (Lake Delton), but still far enough away. Good luck and enjoy your trip.
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:33 AM   #3
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Planning trip to Wisconsin

Lanny,

Thanks for the info. We will check with the campground you recommended.
We are retirees and are probably looking for that type of campground.
Another question, is it worth the extra mileage and fuel to try to go up thru the upper peninsula of Michigan to go back to WV ?
Thanks againfor the info.
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It's definitely worth the extra mileage and fuel to return via the Upper Peninsula and lower Michigan. Beautiful country. On lower Michigan if you can get reservations this late on the Lake Michigan side, especially around Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore in the Traverse City area, you'll absolutely love it. All of the surrounding small towns are neat to poke around and the beaches on Lake Michigan are awesome. I think reservations are a must on your trip as both states are very popular in the summer.
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Look into going up the Door Peninsula - lots to see and do, lots of RV parks to choose from. It's beautiful and there is something to do for everyone. The fish boils are fun to experience.

Coming back through the UP is also a nice trip. You can follow the Lake Michigan shore almost all the way to the "Bridge". It is a pretty trip and pretty easy driving. We do this trip at least once a year. We do head north and stay at the Casino in Brimley for a couple of nights. The Cozy Inn in Brimley has some of the best whitefish dinners in the area.
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We stayed here earlier this summer:

Devil's Lake State Park - Wisconsin DNR

It is a nice clean campground.

Also, just got back to the Green Bay area, coming from Lower MI yesterday. The drive along the Lake is great.
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The Madison area is very nice--lots to see and do. Perhaps a bit out your way but the southwest corner of Wis is absolutely beautiful--House on the Rock, Wis River, Mississippi River Rd, Amish country, America's DairyLand, etc. Surprisingly, there are not a lot of camp grounds for mid-size to large coaches in Wis. The Dells is also a neat place to visit but very tourist - driven.
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We grew up in WV, my wife in Parsons and me in Elk Garden (Mineral Co.). I have/had some cousins in Spring Fork near Charleston we used to visit on our trips back to WV. We've traveled back there from OR nearly every year since the late 70s. Love fishing for Brookies in the little streams back there.

For many years we visited the EAA Convention at Oshkosh, WI in late July/early August. Great if you like airplanes. We also enjoyed visiting Greenfield Village in MI, and a close friend and his wife thought Mackinac Island in the UP was special.

I think you will enjoy your visit.

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One of my favorite little towns to visit is Prairie Du Chiem Wi and Wyalusing State Park over looking the junction of the Wis river and Mississippi river. Across the river into Ia is Effigy Mounds State park also. Both places are fun to see.
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I would heartily second the recommendation of Door County, add in the ferry to Washington Island, and make sure to see an outdoor theater production while you are there. First Rate! House on the Rock and Taliesyn are good stops also. Blue Mounds State Park is close to both of them.
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I would second the recommendation of Country Roads in the Dells. While the city is one tourist trap after another the original draw to the area is worth a stop, the river with it's sandstone bluffs lining the shores. Most of the shoreline is undeveloped (and owned by the state). We also find the Tommy Bartlett water show entertaining, but entertainment is a subjective thing.

I also agree that Door County is worth a visit. It's often described as similar to a New England coastal area. We just left there, staying at Bailey's Grove campground. Be sure to take in a fish boil while in the area, they seemingly are unique to this area of the country. We'd heartily recommend the one at "The Old Post Office".

If a Harley fan you've got to take in the museum in Milwaukee. While there you can stay at the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park. It's essentially an asphalt parking lot with full hookups, but in the center of town. Milwaukee has a world class zoo and a number of fantastic museums besides Harley.

If into aviation at all you have to stop at the EAA museum in Oshkosh. If not attending the fly-in/convention avoid that period of time, it will be a zoo (not to mention you won't find a place to stay within 50 to100 miles in any direction).

The entire Mississippi and Wisconsin river routes are beautiful. I agree with the recommendation of Devil's Lake but guarantee you won't get a reservation for this summer, at least not over a weekend. There are private campgrounds nearby. You might get in if you show up mid week for a few days.

Madison is a beautiful city. You'll find many of the businesses with "Four lakes" included in the name, there are four lakes all or in part in the city limits. The beautiful capitol is built on an isthmus between two of the largest. There is ample garage parking downtown for your toad. Be sure to walk up State Street and around the Capitol Square. If there on a weekend you'll find one of the countries best farmers markets set up all around the square on Saturday mornings. All items offered for sale have to have been produced by the seller be it arts and crafts, cheese or meats, bakery, you name it. The only full hookup park in the Madison area is the KOA. There are a number of great county parks (I was once a Dane County park host) in the county as well. The best for large motorhomes would be Lake Farm county park. Many very level sites, all have 50 amp power but no water or sewer. There is a nice dump station, however, along with a nice restroom and private shower enclosures. The park is directly connected to miles of bike and walking trails.

There are a lot of great places to visit in Wisconsin, I've just hit on a few. We also like the Upper Peninsula, be sure to visit the Porcupine mountains (nothing like you have in West Virginia) if you get up there.

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Manitowoc is a nice town right on Lake Michigan. The Wisconsin Maritime museum is there and they have a WWII submarine you can tour, the USS Cobia.
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There is also a ferry that goes over to Ludington, MI, expensive to take the RV but doable. You can also take bikes and do a day trip r/t.
https://www.ssbadger.com/

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Wisconsin is our first "destination" stop on our summer trip north and west.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin (Frank Lloyd Wright | Taliesin) in Spring Green is our main objective to see in the area, and we have made our reservations full tour of this incredible place (we've already been to Taleisin West, the Guggenheim, and I was able to do the tour of his home in Oak Park and the see the homes in the surrounding neighborhood; hopefully Falling Water next year!).

We picked Hidden Valley RV resort in Milton to stay away from the Dells summer crowds, and also be reasonably close Spring Green as well as to do day trips to Madison, Milwaukee, and yes, play tourist in the Dells.

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Wisconsin is our first "destination" stop on our summer trip north and west. We picked Hidden Valley RV resort in Milton to stay away from the Dells summer crowds, and also be reasonably close Spring Green as well as to do day trips to Madison, Milwaukee, and yes, play tourist in the Dells.

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You're going to be spending a lot of time in the toad. Hidden Valley is not all that close to Spring Green / Taliesin, or even the Dells, for that matter. Plan on a couple of hours to either, one way.
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