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.