You may have visited Chicago, Cleveland or some other city on the Great Lakes, but have you ever considered a multi-day RV tour around one of the lakes themselves? People who treasure the Great Lakes and all they have to offer have developed a great group of driving excursions known as the “The Great Lakes Circle Tours.”
Sixty-five hundred miles of shoreline are there to be enjoyed on the Circle Tours. You’ll find these routes well-marked with special green and white road signs, and there are plenty of interesting places to stop along the way. Read through our highlights of each lake’s tour to help you plan your RV trip along at least one of the Great Lakes Circle Tours.
Lake Huron Circle Tour: Approximately one thousand miles long, this driving tour takes you through both Ontario and the State of Michigan. You’ll cross over the Straits of Mackinac on Mackinac Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. Other points of interest:
- Barrie, Ontario: Gorgeous, white sand beaches and an historic downtown area are only two reasons to make a stop along your route in Barrie. Consider camping at Barrie KOA, with their family, adult and pet-friendly RV camping sections.
- Bruce Peninsula National Park on Georgian Bay is an absolute showstopper, with rugged cliffs, sparkling waters and wonderfully diverse ecosystems.
- Port Huron, MI: This city on the shores of Lake Huron features maritime-themed museums and displays, as well as a working lighthouse, a lightship and a lively waterfront area.
Lake Michigan Circle Tour: This eleven hundred mile trek around Lake Michigan leads RV campers through Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Highlights: Mackinac Bridge, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and Manistique, MI, with its lighthouse, boardwalk and “The Big Spring.” Here’s the link to RV campgrounds at Sleeping Bear Dunes. You’ll also have a chance to visit the urban attractions of Green Bay, Chicago and Milwaukee.
Lake Erie Circle Tour: Only have a few days, but would love to get to know one of the Great Lakes? The Lake Erie Circle tour offers landscapes in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. You’ll cruise near such treasures as Niagara Falls and Cedars Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH. You’ll also tour towns such as Erie, PA, where you’ll find Folly’s End Campground and other great places to stop.
Lake Superior Circle Tour: RV camping fans who like international travel will relish this trip into Canada’s Ontario Province along Lake Superior. Before leaving the States, stop in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan for a look at this beautiful port city’s lighthouses and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Then drive your RV across International Bridge into Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada, a much larger metropolitan area. Here’s more information about what’s required for crossing the international border. Be sure to plan time for stops in Ontario’s Thunder Bay area, where unforgettable Kakabeka Falls glistens down twelve stories into a gorge and Fort Williams Historical Park educates and entertains about Ontario’s past. Happy Land Campground is perfectly located for trips to both attractions.
Lake Ontario Circle Tour: This 900 mile trek follows a shoreline shared by both Ontario and New York State. The largest cities along your route are Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Old Fort Niagara at the south end of the lake, complete with its famous lighthouse, and the fabulous 1000 Islands Region, where the St. Lawrence River meets the Great Lakes, are both fascinating side trips. Cross the bridge at Massena, NY into Canada and head southwest to Niagara Falls, then loop back up the Eastern Shore to complete your trip.
Whew! We admit to being a bit long-winded on this blog post, but we wanted to ensure you had the details you need to start planning. The Great Lakes Circle Tours present weeks of travel possibilities for the intrepid RV camper. Which one will you be taking this year?