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Old 04-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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RVing to Michigan need help planning.

The wife and I are retired and have a 36 ft fifth wheel. We have traveled to all but five states, Michigan and Minnesotta we plan to visit this summer on a six week excursion from Florida.
We love the outdoors and don't care for large cities. I could plan a trip and see a lot but for some of you folks that have been through the state could really help me sharpen my pencil.
What are some "must see or do" sites in Michigan and Minnesotta.
Thanks sooo much for your replies.

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:07 PM   #2
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The west coast is a great trip in Mi. Grand Haven and north all the way to the bridge. The Up has some very interesting sites from Pictured rock the falls with I can't spell the Locks T salut saint Marie good camping and great people. I'm sure you will get a lot of suggestions and I will try to help with more info to late for me going to bed.

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Old 04-06-2013, 07:27 AM   #3
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The Traverse city area is very nice, good RV Parks and lots of nice sights like the Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Old Mission Peninsula.
Lots of Great restaurants also.
Petoskey which is just North of Traverse City is also very nice and has good RV Parks.
The West coast has a lot of nice towns, New Buffalo, South Haven, Saugatuck, Pentwater (my favorite), Ludington, but not all have decent RV parks.
You can look on rvparkreviews.com for info.
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In MN, you can see great stuff every day for a very long time.
North shore of Lake Superior, Duluth to Int'l Falls.
Boundary waters canoe area.
The Iron Range.


My favorite area:
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:00 AM   #5
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Lots of wonderful places to see in Michigan. You will likely be entering the state on I-75 in SE Michigan (Detroit area). From there you will need to decide to go west and then north, or continue up along I-75. Personally I would suggest going west and up the west coast. Lots of interesting areas and a myriad of choices on where to stay. Michigan has an extensive system of state parks. You can choose a more woodsy environment, or in places like Pentwater and Grand Haven can find a spot right on the beach. If state parks are of interest you will need to make reservations as early as possible as they fill up very quickly in the summer months.

You will also find many nice private campgrounds from the bare essentials to resort like parks. We have spent time at many of the higher end parks. In Manistee you will find a very nice park at Little River Casino. Very nice park and very reasonable rates with access to all the hotel amenities if want them. If you are passing through the center of the state, Soaring Eagle Casino has recently opened an upscale RV park there. As you travel north through Traverse City and into Petoskey you continue to find several good choices. Traverse Bay RV Resort is beautifully landscaped and very nice and allows 5th wheels and motorhomes. In Petoskey you will find a very nice state park and the KOA that regularly receives accolades for being one of the best in the nation, and only about a half hour from the bridge. You will also find that most casinos in the state allow overnighting in their lots.

You will find the U.P. is far more "north woods" like. As you plans begin to take shape let us know your intended route. I'm sure you will get tons of suggestions.
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You also have 2 route choices to consider, especially if you are interested in more 'natural' surroundings.

You can either go through Wisconsin between Michigan & Minnesota or you can go up into Canada and around Lake Superior. It's some of the most beautiful scenery in this part of the country.
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I would love to go into Canada but are there many rv parks?
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Check out rvparkreviews.com, there is USA, Canada and Mexico info there.
I use it a lot when planning a trip.
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Yes, you just have to dig a bit to find them. We did a trip up to the UP and crossed over into Canada at Sault Ste Marie and from there went up the East side of Lake Superior to the top at Thunder Bay. There are KOAs at both Sault and Thunder Bay. Between them on the East side there are several private parks and lots of public campgrounds at the provincial parks. We stayed at Neys Campground in Marathon, but there are others. From Thunder Bay you could continue west and cross back over into Minnesota and loop down.

The UP has a lot to offer... Mackinaw Island and the areas are nice, Tahquamenon Falls National Park is a beautiful natural area (stay in the Lower Falls campground) and from there its a hop to Sault Ste Marie and the crossing.

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