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Old 04-07-2019, 12:44 PM   #1
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E. Tennessee to Michigan trip timing and route help!

So, we have a 39ft motor home with a toad and looking for help as to route and the best time to escape crowds, going on rt75 I believe ,to rock hound in the north east Michigan area from East TN.
We have to find places with dog parks, as our pups are high energy, and need play space. We want to get moving by the beginning of May, any help, thoughts, suggestions would be mightily appreciated
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Take 25E to 75. 75 north to MI-28 in the UP. Head west to M-77. Go north about 25 miles to Grand Marais. Stay at woodland park campground. You will never find a better rock hound place. Take your jackets. That time of year you are almost guaranteed a nice spot.
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Thank you so much! Sounds awesome
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Don't take 75 through detroit. Cut over to 23 at toledo, up to 96 to lansing, then take 127 up to reconnect with 75. You can also cut across to Fort Wayne from around Lima area Ohio and then take 69 up to lansing, 127, 75. You get the idea.
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On the way thru Lower peninsula if you are looking for some stops, I would recommend Harrison, there is a MI state park there called Wilson State Park. attached is a photo from along the along side of the north loop.

Or if you are looking for a more leisure tour of the state, come up by Detroit and follow the shore line around. Wagner Park south of Harbor Beach is an excellent stop along that journey. Didn't have a good picture of the beach without kids in it but is it beautiful for the sunrise side.Click image for larger version

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Thank you for the great info 👍. I was concerned about going through Detroit as Iím sure itís similar to Atlanta 😕.
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Thank you for the great info . I was concerned about going through Detroit as Iím sure itís similar to Atlanta .
No. No where near as bad as Atlanta. Not going to say it will be a picnic but a lot better than Atlanta lol
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Easiest route around Detroit and shortest. At Toledo get off I-75, take 23 up through Ann Arbor keep going north to Flint where you are back on I-75.

Watch for the deer they are terrible in May for living on the shoulders of the highways eating the fresh greens. Avoid night driving if possible.

We are a bit north of your destination and hope the last snow is melted by May but be prepared for some very cool nights in early May in the upper peninsula.

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Great month to come to Michigan. Early enough to avoid the summer crowds. I make the same trip often, only in the reverse direction. It might be worth a look at a route that gets off 75 near Wapakoneta and heads west towards South Bend. North on US31 up the west side of the lower peninsula. Once you get north of Traverse City, lots of nice rock hounding and a lot nicer scenery than 75 or 23. Once your in Michigan there are nice rv parks near every town all the way to the bridge. Hidden place to find Petoskey stones is Point Betsie light house. Since you have a toad you could do a side trip. Enjoy your trip.
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Excellent thoughts, we are thinking about after Alpena, Frankfurt May be in our travels
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Wilderness state park by the bridge on the lower peninsula. The West loop was just redone last year I believe. That is a nice park too.
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I have not done the north/south I-75 in a few years (inlaws mover to MI) but the worst area was from just south of Cincinnati to north of Dayton, during rush hour. Actually, the middle of the day was not too bad (except for construction). Straight I-75 is MUCH shorter than either bypass. Keep to the right and "go with the flow". Toledo can get busy around rush hour also.

The northeast corner of the Lower Peninsula has a lot less tourist attractions than the northwest. It will be chilly in early May and down right cold in the UP !
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Great month to come to Michigan. Early enough to avoid the summer crowds. I make the same trip often, only in the reverse direction. It might be worth a look at a route that gets off 75 near Wapakoneta and heads west towards South Bend. North on US31 up the west side of the lower peninsula. Once you get north of Traverse City, lots of nice rock hounding and a lot nicer scenery than 75 or 23. Once your in Michigan there are nice rv parks near every town all the way to the bridge. Hidden place to find Petoskey stones is Point Betsie light house. Since you have a toad you could do a side trip. Enjoy your trip.


Ok, excellent thoughts, we are going up and stopping at a port Huron koa and traveling up the East side via 23n. Stopping in oscoda and continuing up 23 to our destination in Mackinaw City.
Do you happen to know if this is a Big Rig friendly rd.? (Low bridges)?
We are then coming back down on the West side of the state. Any thoughts?
Thanks again!
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Stay at state parks then you'll have nice trails to walk your dogs.
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