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Old 07-06-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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Great Lakes Circle Tour

Has anyone done parts or all of this? Great Lakes Circle Tour According to the website it went into effect in May of 2014 and from all that I've read so far has never been updated.
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we did it, more or less, several years ago. some great things to see and great places to camp in the UP.
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Those tours cover a lot of country. Which piece(s) of that tour are you considering?
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We've don it several times. There are a lot of great things do see and do along the way.

A couple suggestions. If you plan to stay in the Canadian Provincial parks take along an extension cord for your shore power. Some of the parks we stayed in had a pedestal equally spaced between campsites. A 30' cord wasn't long enough to reach it.

We were lucky enough to check in at the same time someone else was checking out. Those checking out had "rented" an extension coed from the park and were returning it. There was no actual charge to rent the cord. You had to leave a $100.00 deposit on a credit card that was returned when the cord was returned. Had our timing been off a little we wouldn't have been able to use the shore power. The park only had a few cords to rent.

Another good investment would be a surge protector. Lightning hit in the area and destroyed our energy management display. It cost about $300.00 to have it repaired. About the same cost as a surge protector.
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Those tours cover a lot of country. Which piece(s) of that tour are you considering?
Just ran across that site so hadn't really decided which part to see first. We were going to head north and west to the Oregon coast but then a friend suggested this area. Would late July and August be a good or bad time to visit?
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Just ran across that site so hadn't really decided which part to see first. We were going to head north and west to the Oregon coast but then a friend suggested this area. Would late July and August be a good or bad time to visit?

We just went up through Michigan crossed the Mackinaw Bridge and visited Mackinac Island. Beautiful!

Last year we were heading to Oregon and decided to go up through Duluth and took US 2 across. It was much better than the interstate and smoother too.

The Great Lakes offer some of the best this country has to offer for recreation.
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We just went up through Michigan crossed the Mackinaw Bridge and visited Mackinac Island. Beautiful!

Last year we were heading to Oregon and decided to go up through Duluth and took US 2 across. It was much better than the interstate and smoother too.

The Great Lakes offer some of the best this country has to offer for recreation.
I second that notion. US 2 is a great road which, for the most part, runs along the lakeshore. but I'd plan to get off of US 2 and transition to MI 28 and stop at Sault Ste .Marrie, Newberry, Munising with a side trip up to Whitefish Point.

On the MI side at Sault Ste. Marie you'll find the Aune Osborn RV Park...a city owned part right on the shores of the St. Mary's River which links lake Huron with Lake Superior. you'll enjoy seeing the large lake frieghters on their way to or from the Soo Locks.

Tahquamenon Falls SP is between Paradise and Newbery on MI123. Whitefish Point hosts the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum which has artifacts from the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald (be sure to wear long sleeved shirts and jeans...the flies can be murder if they're out).

Picture Rocks National Lakeshore is at Munising, MI and is well worth the trip.

If you'll be near Mackinaw, MI on Labor Day consider walking the bridge. each Labor Day several lanes of the bridge are closed to vehicles to allow persons to walk across the bridge. I did this back about 10-yrs ago and it was a blast.

lots of other stuff to do and see in the interior of the UP. the lakeshore along US 2 is good but there is so much more.
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Thanks for the great ideas. At this point (subject to change as always!) we're going to go through Mt. Rushmore, then on up to Duluth, Minn. Then on up to Thunder Bay. Then...west or east...not sure yet.
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