RV Camping to Upper Peninsula Michigan—Three ‘Must-Go’ Places

Camping on Michigan’s U.P.—the state’s Upper Peninsula—is something every RV traveler should add to their ‘must-go’ camping list. Here’s why: the region’s rocky shorelines, lush forests and picturesque campgrounds promise the kind of trip you’ll think about for years.

There are so many special places on the U.P. that it’s hard to narrow down to just three. We’ll introduce our favorite Upper Peninsula picks, and then encourage each RV camper to find their own treasured spots on the U.P. (please share with our readers, too!)

Straits State Park – St Ignace, Michigan            

The Straits of Mackinac, a five mile waterway that allows ship traffic between Lakes Huron and Michigan, is also the boundary between the U.P. and the lower ‘thumb’ of Michigan. The spectacular Mackinac Bridge spans the Straits and thrills RV campers who take the drive from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace on I-75.

Straits State Park offers unforgettable views of Mackinac Bridge, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan and easy access to the Mackinac Island ferries. The nearly four-thousand-mile-long North Country Trail has a section through this park, inviting hikers to explore the shorelines, granite cliffs and pine forests of the Upper Peninsula.

Indian Lake State Park – Manistique, Michigan

Skirt the shores of Lake Michigan west along US-2 from St Ignace to Indian Lake State Park near Manistique. A wide, shallow lake famed for its fishing holes, this favorite U.P. spot also features swimming beaches, lakeshore campsites and the vast beauty of Hiawatha National Forest on its boundaries.

The area surrounding Indian Lake is filled with historic towns, lighthouses and trails. You might also enjoy a stroll along the Lake Michigan boardwalk in Manistique.

Black River Harbor Recreation Area – Ottawa National Forest—Bessemer, Michigan

If waterfalls, hemlock forests and the scenic shores of Lake Superior call you to come camping, this is the place for you. A Western U.P. favorite, Black River Harbor is at the northern end of the fourteen-mile long National Black River Scenic Byway. Along the byway from Bessemer to Black River Harbor, you’ll follow the river past its five photo-worthy waterfalls.

Once you reach the Harbor, there’s a rustic campground with views of the water, or you can camp farther into the National Forest. Take the time to explore the beaches, a unique suspension bridge over the river and the trails that make up a section of the North Country Trail. One more tip for anglers—a number of Lake Superior sport fishing charters operate from Black Harbor, so why not book an outing before you come?

There’s so much more to see on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula! Here’s a link to even more information on Michigan campgrounds and attractions.

RV camping to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers an almost endless variety of things to see, things to do and friendly campgrounds on the shore or in the forest. An RV rental makes it all affordable, so why not head to the U.P. this camping season?

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Experience Michigan Fall Colors in an RV Part 2

When you are finished with your RV excursion through the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, it’s time to head north to the Upper Peninsula where the colors will soon reach their peak. The reds and oranges will be peaking in the middle of the month, so plan your trip as early as possible.

Fall Foliage in Michigan

Fall Foliage in Michigan

Your last stop was the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve and spending time here was a lot of fun, but it is time to move now before you miss the best fall colors that Michigan has to offer. Drive east to the middle of the state where you can catch Interstate 75 north to the Upper Peninsula.

St. Ignace, Michigan signals your entrance to the Upper Peninsula and the opportunity to enjoy marvelous fall colors. While here, make a trip to Castle Rock where you can climb up 200 feet for some incredible views. You also should visit the Straits State Park. This isn’t a huge park by any means, but you can hike, have a picnic, and if the weather isn’t too chilly, take a swim. Views of the Mackinac Bridge with the boats moving along the Straits are quite inspiring. You’ll find RV camping here too!

To continue on your journey, you will take Highway 123 through Sault Ste. Marie State Forest Area. This is where you will get to observe the changing colors as fall weaves its way across our continent. During the winter months there are ski trails throughout the region, but in summer and autumn you can ride off-road vehicles here to your heart’s content.

Moving on and stopping every so often to do a mini-photo shoot to capture the beauty of this land, you will come to the little town of Trout Lake. Use the lake for some of the best water activities you can imagine. Canoeing is fun but waterskiing is even better! Fish for… you guessed it – trout!

You will find RV camping here at Trout Lake offers many amenities that will make your stay a total pleasure. Sixty sites have electric hookups and there is a dump station too.

When ready to carry on with your RV adventure, keep following Highway 123, with Tahquamenon Bay to the east and you will eventually come to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This is another perfect location to enjoy some recreation. There are a number of hiking trails anywhere from one mile long to over seven miles in length. RV camping is available as well. Paddle the Tahquamenon River with lovely views of its waterfalls. One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi river is right here in the park – the Upper Falls. It falls almost fifty feet and is more than 200 feet across.

You can turn around now if you can bring yourself to go home. The combination of outdoor fun and fall foliage certainly has made this an awesome trip and it is hard to let it end. Come back again. It will be here next year too!

Picture credits: The picture of Fall Foliage in Michigan is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Experience Michigan Fall Colors in an RV Part 1

Although the fall colors in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula peak anywhere from late September to late October, you have to travel the Lower Peninsula to reach the Upper Peninsula where the peak fall colors arrive mid-September. A trip up the western edge of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is worth taking this time of the year, however. You still may glimpse the turning of the trees, but you also get the chance to visit the lovely beaches and parks on your way.

Autumn leaves in Michigan

Autumn in Michigan

Start your fall trip in Grand Rapids. This city has been rated tops for recreation and fun for the whole family.  A favorite pastime is to take a chartered boating trip and do some salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. There is a children’s museum if you have kids with you, a beautiful sculpture park (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park) and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to explore. Everyone loves the John Ball Zoo for an afternoon of visiting with the animals.

But you want to get on your way up the coast along Lake Michigan. First stop will be Duck Lake State Park where you can hike or fish all day. All kinds of great adventures await you here. Traverse the terrain at the edge of the lake, climb the towering sand dune, or explore the hardwood forests. The Duck Lake Paved Trail is a half-mile hike worth taking. Five miles north you will come upon the White Lake area and you may find some great gifts when shopping in the fine gift shops.

Continuing your trip, you will reach Silver Lake State Park where the family will want to get out into nature, fit in some more hiking time and enjoy the lake in the autumn sun. The weather might even permit a dip in the lake, and there is a beach house where you can change. If you brought an off-road vehicle with you, there are trails to ride. Be sure to stay aware of the changing colors. This should be starting about mid-September.

Charles Mears State Park is the next stop. You can fish, hike, swim or have a picnic along the shore of Lake Michigan.  You will find RV camping here with electric service and a playground for the kids. Hike Old Baldy Interpretive Trail for one mile and see what sights there are to see.

Off to the east is Manistee National Forest and if time allows, you must venture into the forest and discover all the recreation opportunities. Wildlife viewing is one activity you will want to do while here. You can fish in any of the lakes, ponds or streams and hopefully make a trophy catch. Bird watching is the best in Manistee National Forest. There are more than 400 species of birds that make their home here. The Kirtlands warbler is an endangered species that lives in the forest and you can get a guided ranger tour so you can view these gorgeous birds.

Remember, you are actually headed north to the upper peninsula to catch the peak fall colors, but as you go, be sure to stop at Ludington State Park with some great RV camping, and the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve farther north so you can experience the coastal marshes.

Picture credits: The picture of Fall Foliage in Michigan is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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An RV Vacation of Beauty around Whitefish Bay, Michigan

The Great Lakes and Michigan have a lot more to offer than you may imagine. An RV vacation is the perfect way to experience this amazing countryside and the sparkling waters of Whitefish Bay. Starting out in Chicago, you can head north and start an adventure sure to please those of all ages.

Driving to northern Michigan to the Lake Superior region, you will take Interstate 75 North. The real start of your journey will be in Brimley, Michigan, but on the way there are some great places to stop. For instance, Mackinac Island is a definite must-see. Once you drive over the Mackinac Bridge, you’ll find signs to Mackinac Island State Park. No vehicles are allowed, so not only is it quiet and peaceful, the views are magical.

Another great place to visit for history and one amazing attraction is Sault Ste. Marie. The Tower of History soars 210 feet above the Soo Locks, with observation platforms from which you can see the world’s busiest shipping channel. Take a boat tour of the Soo Locks and witness this shipping lane up close and personal.

After all this sightseeing, you are ready to proceed to Brimley. Surrounded by plenty of outdoor recreation, you might prefer to try your luck in any one of the number of casinos. But Brimley State Park should be on your itinerary. Here you will hike, fish or camp along the shore of beautiful Lake Superior.

Continue your excursion on West Lakeshore Drive around Whitefish Bay towards Whitefish Point. Lighthouses are always a fascinating sight, romantic and inspiring. The Point Iroquois Light Station and Museum is all of this and more. This lovely spot is a perfect place to experience some of Michigan’s natural history, and a wonderful place to stroll with the family. Climb to the top for some panoramic views.

You are now in Hiawatha National Forest, and there is a lot more to do and see here. National forest campgrounds are located at Monocle Lake and Bay View. Wildlife watching, hiking and more history to absorb are here for you in this wooded wonderland. If you love waterfalls, there are dozens to captivate your attention and awe.

Continue on Highway 123/Whitefish Rd to get to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. You will simply have to get out and stretch those muscles. You will find many great hiking trails, from short treks of a mile in length on Tahquamenon-Emerson Trail and Tahquamenon-Nature Trail to the longer ones of Tahquamenon-Wilderness Loop (7.4 miles) and Tahquamenon-Clark Lake Loop (5.6 miles). Visit the Upper and Lower Falls for some picture-taking opportunities.

When you reach Whitefish, Michigan, be warned that this is fishing country, and you hopefully brought along your rod and reel. And if you’ve come at the right time of year, Paradise will be holding its annual Blueberry Festival. At Whitefish Point, you will certainly not want to miss the Whitefish Point Light Station which has been on duty protecting ships for many years.

After this wonderful trip in your RV, you can now head home knowing you have seen the best of northern Michigan’s Great Lakes region and have made some lasting memories.

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RV Camping – The Hunter’s Best Lodging Option

Whether you spend hunting season up a tree in a deer stand or tucked into a duck blind sipping coffee, a comfortable place to call home at night is essential. If you’re planning to travel in search of game this year, why not consider comfortable, affordable RV camping close to the action? Let’s see what RV campgrounds around the US are offering hunters this year:

Twin Creeks Campground in Buffalo, Wyoming features game racks, a hunters’ lounge and quality campsites close to Big Horn National Forest. That’s where hunters will find pronghorn antelope, wild turkey, elk, moose and deer in abundance. If you’re heading for the Big Horn Mountains this year to hunt, reserve your campsite in Buffalo before you go.

Hunting in Colorado this season? Mt Princeton RV Park in Buena Vista really caters to hunters, with space to process and hang game and affordable campsites every hunting season. A couple of hours south of El Monte RV Rentals in Denver, it’s a prime spot to set up camp while hunting elk and mountain goats in the Buena Vista area.

Picture of the Lincoln National Forest

The Lincoln National Forest from Crest Trail

Big game hunters will find state-managed hunting right next door to the RV campsites at Gillespie Ranch RV Park in Mayhill, NM. Elk, deer and wild hogs are just three of the big game species found regularly near the campground. You’ll find this first-rate hunters’ campground four hours south of Albuquerque in the heart of Lincoln National Forest.

If you’re headed for Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains this hunting season, book your campsite now at Honobia Creek Store and RV Park. About three hours north of McKinney, TX El Monte RV Rentals, this RV campground hits the bulls eye for excellent wilderness hunting accommodations. Wild hog hunting is popular in this southwestern Oklahoma region, so ask the RV park owners to schedule a guided hunt. Keep an eye out for Bigfoot!

One more premier hunting and RV camping experience can be found on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Sherman’s Resort on South Manistique Lake. Not only do they offer first-rate RV camping amenities, they also have a guide service for hunters hoping to find black bear or white-tail deer. Duck hunting is another star attraction for this area, so be sure to reserve your campsite early.

Haven’t hit your style of hunting with our suggestions? No worries – any style hunting expedition is made easier with deluxe RV accommodations. Pick your favorite hunting spot this season and then contact us to book your RV rental. We look forward to helping make your hunting trips memorable!

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An RV Road Trip along Michigan’s Whitefish Bay

Well-traveled RV camping fans will attest there are few places in America more beautiful than Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. One of the most scenic drives in that region is along Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay, reaching from the farthest East Michigan town of Brimley around the Bay to Whitefish Point.

If you’re coming north from Chicago, it’s about an eight hour drive across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, across the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula and then up to Lake Superior’s shore in the town of Brimley. You’ll then go west along Whitefish Bay on West Lakeshore Drive, join Lake Superior Shoreline Drive and then go north on Hwy 123 to Whitefish Point, the westernmost promontory on Whitefish Bay.

It’s a wonderfully scenic sixty-mile tour, but plan at least three days to enjoy the sights (and the fantastic Upper Peninsula RV camping!) You’ll find your own favorite spots along this scenic byway, but here are our suggestions for stops along the way (in order from Brimley to Whitefish Point):

  • Brimley State Park is a great place to catch your breath if you’ve driven in from Chicago. A modern campground on the shores of Lake Superior is just the beginning of a beautiful day spent learning to love the beauty of the Upper Peninsula.
  • Point Iroquois Lighthouse is just seven miles north of Brimley on West Lakeshore Drive. A beautifully preserved tower and keeper’s dwelling offer unforgettable vacation photo opportunities.
  • Paradise, Michigan is highly-rated by folks RV camping in Michigan as a place to stop and play awhile. Comfortably ensconced on the Lake Superior shore, it offers sandy beaches, access to first-rate hiking and biking trails and an August Blueberry Festival that’s not to be missed!
  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park is definitely worth the twenty mile side trip from Paradise! In addition to several RV campgrounds, the park offers spectacular views of both Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. Active RV campers will want to follow the sixteen mile North Country Trail for the very best views of all.
  • Centennial Cranberry Farm is located between Paradise, Michigan and Whitefish Point near the northern end of your journey. Tour this historic farm to learn how cranberries have been grown since 1876.
  • Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum – Whitefish Point Light Station: Explore a lighthouse built during Abraham Lincoln’s administration and then learn the tragic stories of lost ships in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.
  • Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is the jumping off point for Spring and Fall migrations for tens of thousands of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and waterfowl.

These are just a few of the places that will capture your imagination along Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay. Let us help you with an RV rental for the trip, and plan to lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Lake Superior’s southern shore.

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RV Camping at Michigan’s Van Buren State Park

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park is an active RV camping family’s wonderland. With a gorgeous beach, scenic hiking trails and affordable RV camping, this state park meets our seal of approval for a great vacation spot.

Just two hours’ drive from Chicago along I-90, the park is easy to reach. Once there, here’s what you can expect to enjoy at Michigan’s Van Buren State Park.

Van Buren State Park Campgrounds
Doesn’t it whet your RV camping appetite to read “220 campsites just 400 yards from Lake Michigan?” These up-to-date campsites offer electric hookups (some 50-amp), as well as clean, modern restrooms and showers just steps away.

The Van Buren State Park setting is best described as “rolling dunes, a mile-long stretch of sandy beach and beautifully-wooded recreation areas.” You can reserve your Van Buren State Park campsite here. At $22 for the most expensive site, this is definitely a bargain thrifty RV campers will appreciate.

The Van Buren Trail
One of the best reasons to travel to this Michigan state park is for the chance to travel the 14-mile Van Buren Trail. With a dirt and gravel surface suitable for biking, hiking and horseback riding, it’s a great day trip for active families. The trailhead is located just minutes away in South Haven, MI.

The trail is also very affordable, just seven dollars for a family day pass and three dollars for individuals. That pass will also give you access to the 33-mile Kal-Haven Trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo, if you’re planning to stay a little longer.

Van Buren State Park Beach and Dunes
We can’t mention a Lake Michigan campground without mentioning the beautiful beaches! Van Buren State Park’s mile-long stretch of beach is no exception. Lie on the sand beach and while away the day or splash in the waves of Lake Michigan. Photograph the area’s “high dunes” and watch for wildlife and birds through your camera lens. You decide how to spend your time on this state park’s idyllic beach front.

Area Attractions
Before you leave the South Haven, Michigan area, experience the charm of this historic resort town. Here are just a few ways to immerse yourselves in this Lake Michigan community:

The shores of Lake Michigan are a place all motorhome camping families should experience! Book your campsite at Van Buren State Park in South Haven to discover the lure this area has had for campers for more than a century.

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Traverse City – Michigan’s RV Travel Wonderland

RV travelers, you simply must plan a trip to Traverse City, Michigan, located on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. This cheerfully scenic city on the 45th parallel is an RV travel wonderland, thanks to the amazing range of experiences available. Whether you’re hoping to attend a wine-tasting at an area winery or enjoy the fall foliage on a scenic drive, Traverse City, MI has everything RV campers want on vacation.

The Natural Beauty of Traverse City, MI
When you arrive in Traverse City, expect to be overwhelmed by the area’s visual delights. Lake Michigan itself offers endless waterscapes, windswept beaches and lushly forested shorelines. A favorite destination of RV camping fans is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where a hundred miles of hiking trails and year-round outdoor activities will keep everyone in your group in motion.

Arrive in Traverse City in autumn and the fall foliage will have you stopping to take photo after photo. Scenic drives fan out along Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and showcase the best in area leaf peeping. As you roam the wooded hillsides, plan to take a break for fresh-pressed apple cider at one of the historic cider mills; there’s nothing else quite like it!

Another favorite scenic attraction for Traverse City visitors is the collection of historic lighthouses. Here are four “must sees” on your RV lighthouse excursion:

  1. Grand Traverse Lighthouse and Museum on the Leelanau Peninsula
  2. Mission Point Lighthouse, owned by Peninsula Township
  3. South Manitou Island Lighthouse, within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  4. Point Betsy Lighthouse near Frankfort, MI

Before we move on, we must also mention that Traverse City is in the heart of Wine Country! Plan your own leisurely tour to such wineries as Chateau Grand Traverse, Peninsula Cellars and Bowers Harbor Vineyards, or take one of the escorted wine tours offered by local firms. These wine country tours are especially nice in Autumn, when the fall foliage adds even more sensory pleasure to the experience.

RV Camping Near Traverse City, MI

Here’s another tip for RV campers-picturesque RV campgrounds are everywhere in the Traverse City area, making this Michigan town a natural for RV travelers. Here are some favorites reported by seasoned travelers:

If you’re hoping for a Fall RV trip that packs in leaf peeping, wine tasting and plenty of outdoor activity, Traverse City, Michigan is your destination. You’ll soon learn why this beautiful city on Lake Michigan is truly an RV travel wonderland.

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RV Vacation to Visit Lake Superior Lighthouses

Did you know that Lake Superior, largest of the five Great Lakes, is home to nearly three dozen lighthouses? That should be enough to get your RV out of storage and headed north to explore beauty and maritime history on an RV vacation to visit Lake Superior lighthouses!

Michigan Upper Peninsula Lighthouses
One of the most scenic spots on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is also the place to see a well-restored lighthouse built in 1871. Point Iroquois Light near Brimley features the original lighthouse tower and a picturesque two-story keeper’s dwelling. Just west down the shoreline, you can visit the site where the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald was lost. Skeleton-style Whitefish Point Lighthouse stands tall above the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum housed in the keeper’s quarters.

An additional thirteen lights have kept the shores of the Upper Peninsula safe over the years. Of special interest are Crisp Point Lighthouse, Au Sable Light Station on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, also home to an excellent maritime museum. When you need a rest from lighthouse viewing, Whitefish Hill RV Park near Rapid River comes well-recommended.

And we haven’t even mentioned the amazing collection of lights on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula! Many of these are on private property or in the process of restoration, and are best seen from the water via local charters. Two you can tour on land are Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and the Jacobsville/Portage River Light.

The truly intrepid RV traveler can park the RV for a bit and take a five-hour cruise from Houghton or Copper Harbor to Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park. This rugged park, known for its backcountry hiking, boating and wildlife viewing, includes views of four historic lighthouses.

Wisconsin Lake Superior Lighthouses
Where the waters of Lake Superior wash against the Wisconsin shoreline, you’ll find a collection of lighthouses standing guard over Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Nine great lights stand in varying degrees of operation, restoration or restored glory and some are open to guided tours. On shore, you can also see Ashland Breakwater Light standing out in Chequamegon Bay. An important RV camping tip: the City of Ashland offers very affordable RV camping at Kreher Park.

Minnesota Lake Superior Lighthouses
In the Duluth, Minnesota area on Superior Bay, six lighthouses are clearly visible. From Canal Park Drive in Duluth, you’ll be able to see Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light, Duluth North Inner Breakwater Light, Duluth South Breakwater Outer Lighthouse and the ruins of Minnesota Point Light on the grounds of Sky Harbor Airport. As if that weren’t enough for lighthouse lovers, a short drive north to Two Harbors yields view of two more historic lights – Two Harbors Breakwater Light and the picturesque red brick Two Harbors Lighthouse.

As you continue your lighthouse tour of Minnesota’s “North Shore,” plan time for a stay at Lamb’s Resort in Schroeder, MN, right on the shores of Lake Superior. That positions you perfectly for a visit to breathtakingly scenic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. You can then venture a little farther north to visit Grand Marais Lighthouse before turning back for home.

Three states, three dozen lighthouses and many excellent RV camping adventures… it’s the perfect formula for some serious travel fever! An RV vacation to visit at least some of Lake Superior’s lighthouses should be on the agenda of every maritime-history-loving RV camper.

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It’s Time for Gearheads to Take an RV Trip to the Motorsports Hall of Fame!

Where better to locate the place honoring the greats in American motorsports than Detroit, Michigan? That’s where car-loving gearheads will find the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and the centerpiece of an exciting RV vacation.

Located at the Detroit Science Center, the Motorsports Hall of Fame honors American drivers, builders, designers and others who have furthered motorsports during their careers. The Hall of Fame’s annual August induction ceremony is held in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

What’s there to see at the Hall of Fame? Plenty! Geared toward those who love cars, the Hall of Fame and Museum exhibits feature great cars, legendary races and exceptional drivers. Interactive displays, video presentations and memorabilia fill the galleries where American motorsports are constantly celebrated. Expect to see such things as:

  • Champion and record-breaking race vehicles of all kinds: Indy cars, stock cars and dragsters, just to name a few.
  • Vehicles like the Miss US-1 piston-driven hydroplane.
  • Art Arfon’s jet-powered Green Monster, Cyclops.
  • Photos and other memorabilia honoring Hall of Fame inductees since 1989.

By the way, admission to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is included with your ticket to the Detroit Science Center. The Center itself is worthy of a road trip, filled with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and exciting presentations in the Chrysler IMAX Dome Theater and Toyota Engineering Theater. Plan enough time to see the entire museum; it’s not just for kids!

Now that you’ve decided an RV camping trip to Detroit’s Motorsports Hall of Fame is on your horizon, it’s time to choose a campground. Here are three possibilities:

  1. Detroit Greenfield RV Campground – about thirty minutes away in Ypsilanti, MI
  2. Beautiful Haas Lake Park – forty five minutes from the museum in New Hudson, MI
  3. Family-friendly KC Campground in Milan, MI – an hour away from the congestion of downtown Detroit

Planning to spend a few more days in the Detroit area? Here are some of our favorite area attractions:

  • Detroit Institute of Arts is located on the same street as the Detroit Science Center. Well worth spending a day at this enormous museum; there’s even a “Family Fitting Room” where museum docents can help you plan your visit.
  • For the chance to attend one of Detroit’s frequent festivals, head for Hart Plaza. This enormous riverfront park also features a fascinating collection of outdoor sculpture and is adjacent to the Detroit Riverwalk.
  • Take a cruise! The Detroit Princess and Diamond Jack are the best-known Detroit River cruise offerings. They’ll introduce you to a whole new Detroit in just a couple of hours.
  • Detroit sports! Depending on the time of year you visit Detroit, there should be a professional sports team playing nearby. Four pro teams make their home in Detroit, giving you the chance to see Pistons basketball, Tigers baseball, Lions football or Red Wings hockey. Pick your favorite and plan your road trip to include a game.

Motor City’s Motorsports Hall of Fame is a fascinating tribute to America’s automotive history. RV camping gearheads should definitely be making plans to visit the city where America’s love affair with cars began.

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