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Old 05-16-2020, 01:36 PM   #1
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In a few weeks we will be leaving Petoskey MI heading to Spearfish SD. Weve got a couple weeks to get there. Any suggestions on routes or campgrounds or must see spots? We like upscale RV resorts. Thanks in advance
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Take Hwy 2 across from the UP. A lot more pleasant than an interstate.
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Take Hwy 2 across from the UP. A lot more pleasant than an interstate.
US 2 to about Iron Mountain and then drop down o US 8. US 8 is very rural across WI and MN, so plan ahead. Max speed is probably 55 MPH.

You want to work your way down toward I90 near Minneapolis.
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We went across WI on 29 , it was a very good road.
Probably the highest end campground we found was the Walmart in Escanaba ��
Not a lot of places to choose from.
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Badger Ferry.
https://www.ssbadger.com/schedule-fares/
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Not sure I would be comfortable with letting a stranger drive my rig , let alone without my supervision. But if that wasn't the case I'd be all for it.
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Not sure I would be comfortable with letting a stranger drive my rig , let alone without my supervision. But if that wasn't the case I'd be all for it.

I'm not aware that you can't drive your own RV onto the Badger if you desire to. There is a service for people that are not confident and need help to load a vehicle. I was able to load and secure my own motorbike when I used the Lake Express Ferry.
I'm sure a "loading operator" is more than qualified to load your motorhome, if that service is required or needed.
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If you take I-90 you may want to stop at The Corn Palace in SD. Also Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Mt Rushmore, Crazyhorse Monument, and the city of Deadwood and Sturgis.
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I'm not aware that you can't drive your own RV onto the Badger if you desire to. There is a service for people that are not confident and need help to load a vehicle. I was able to load and secure my own motorbike when I used the Lake Express Ferry.
I'm sure a "loading operator" is more than qualified to load your motorhome, if that service is required or needed.

If you read their Section " Important Information" Under vehicles it reads:


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Due to security restrictions, vehicles are not accessible during the cruise. "Vehicles will be loaded and unloaded for you by LMC personnel."


So good luck trying to do it yourself. at least call ahead and verify.
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If you read their Section " Important Information" Under vehicles it reads:


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Due to security restrictions, vehicles are not accessible during the cruise. "Vehicles will be loaded and unloaded for you by LMC personnel."


So good luck trying to do it yourself. at least call ahead and verify.

If that is the case, I'm sure they are highly qualified and know what they are doing. I do know you are not allowed access to the vehicle deck while sailing.
Semi truck drivers load their own trucks onto the ferry.
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Take Hwy 2 across from the UP. A lot more pleasant than an interstate.
I have taken this road back in "84 on a return trip to CA and enjoyed it . Although I can't give you any advice or suggestions (Just too long ago) it does seem that going thru the UP would be a better way than crossing the lake by ferry, since you are already that far north. But I'm sure you already figured that out.
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We were at Mt. Rushmore last year and came home thru the UP. I will say Rt 2 thru the UP is a nice scenic drive. Also took some 2 lanes that ran thru the Detroit Lakes area. Didn't see much in the way of up scale RV resorts. We did stay in a couple of COE campgrounds and state parks that we thought were nice. Lot of parks are w/e or electric only sites.
As you pass thru the Badlands, there is a Nike site museum and you can get a tour of a Nike launch command bunker, only 8 people per tour so reserve ahead of time, they sell out quickly. If you haven't been there, Wall Drugs is an interesting short stop - lots of touristy shops under 1 roof if you are interested in that kind of thing.
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I have taken this road back in "84 on a return trip to CA and enjoyed it . Although I can't give you any advice or suggestions (Just too long ago) it does seem that going thru the UP would be a better way than crossing the lake by ferry, since you are already that far north. But I'm sure you already figured that out.
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