Fall Foliage RV Road Trips to Remember

The fall foliage forecasts for many US regions are calling for early, but spectacular, autumn color. Before you plan your autumn RV road trip, use these tips to find the most colorful displays of the season.   

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

What looks good for 2017?

We’re glad you asked, because this year, the shrubs and trees across America are slated to outdo themselves. Here are our top suggestions for 2017 RV road trips to find fall foliage.

  • Drive along Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula from Charlevoix to Northport via US-31. It’s less than one hundred miles total, but you’re going to want to explore the side roads and fishing villages, as well as historic sites, lighthouses and wineries around Traverse City. Orange and yellow blazes of color will delight the eye as oaks and maples turn through October. Here’s a list of Michigan RV campgrounds to help you start planning.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio boasts thirty-thousand-plus acres of hiking trails and scenic drives custom-made for leaf peeping. Follow SR-303 across the park for especially lush fall color. There’s no RV camping within the park, but the National Park Service has created this helpful list of RV campgrounds near Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • Driving the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in Northern New Mexico is a magical way to spend an autumn weekend. A little less than ninety miles full circle, this route promises breathtaking autumn color late September to mid-October. You’ll circumnavigate Wheeler Peak from Taos north to Questa, then around the mountain down to Angel Fire. Plenty of wildlife, mountain passes and fall foliage combine for a drive you won’t soon forget.
  • Take a road trip to Quechee State Park, a few minutes west of I-89 at Hartford, Vermont, for outstanding leaf peeping opportunities. Quechee Gorge overflows with fall color, as well as views of the Outtauquechee River fall below. Park campgrounds are open through mid-October, allowing you to stay several days to explore the hiking trails.
  • If you happen to be in California’s Eastern Sierra this autumn, be sure to visit sites around Bishop, California to spy the luscious golds of aspens and cottonwoods against a backdrop of rugged mountains.  Owens Valley and the Lake Sabrina/Bishop Creek Canyon area, in particular, deliver autumn views worth slowing down to savor. Creekside RV Park west of Bishop is open through mid-October.

Where can I find more information on fall foliage?

There’s a wealth of information online to steer road trippers to the best fall color. One source often used by fall RV travelers is the Weather Channel’s annual fall foliage map. This map set reveals the forecasted peak of color for each region. There’s also a feature for uploading your own autumn foliage photos.

Be sure to visit local tourism offices or websites, as well, to learn where folks are seeing the best fall color. And don’t forget, this blog – Monty’s Musings – is searchable, so be sure to read through past blog posts on ‘leaf peeping’ and ‘fall foliage’ for more ideas.

It’s high time you hit the road for your own leaf peeping tour. You’ll enjoy cool weather camping and beautiful scenery on the same RV road trip. Who could turn down a chance to do that? We ramp up the enticement another notch with our Autumn RV Rental Special. Where will you go this year in search of fall foliage?

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Finding America by RV—Michigan’s Copper Country Trail

Hoping to find an RV camping destination where you can learn about America’s past along an epically beautiful lakeshore? Why not venture north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and learn how copper mining shaped the region along the Copper Country Trail? It’s one of America’s National Scenic Byways, and a route where fascinating history, splendid landscapes and excellent campgrounds come together for a trip you’ll long remember.

How Do We Get There?

To give you the overall picture of Michigan’s Copper Country, let’s start by saying that it lies in the Keweenaw Peninsula, that finger of land jutting into Lake Superior at the top of the Upper Peninsula.

The Copper Country Trail is a 47-mile section of US-41 that runs from Houghton, Michigan to Superior’s shores at Copper Harbor. The Keweenaw is about eight hours north of Chicago on I-90.

It may seem like forty-one miles of byway isn’t worthy of an RV camping vacation, but once you’ve discovered the beauty and historic significance of the Keweenaw Peninsula, you’ll find yourself wishing for more vacation time.

What Can We See and Do Along the Byway?

Let’s cover a little history before we highlight the wonders of the Copper Country Trail. From 1841 to the Great Depression, copper mining was the main economic force of the region, with a high percentage of America’s copper output being mined there.

Immigrants from many countries arrived to mine copper ore, run the businesses that supported the mining industry and share in the economic upswing. As with other industries at the time, however, the 1930s brought the collapse of copper mining and the closure of the last mine.

But that’s not to say that you won’t find plenty of evidence of this region’s copper-laden history as you travel the Copper Country Trail.  We start our journey in the city of Houghton, MI, the perfect access point to the Keweenaw Water Trail. This series of lakes, rivers and canals cuts across the peninsula to connect to Lake Superior at both ends. It was an important addition to the region’s ability to ship copper to other parts of the country, and is now a nationally-recognized water trail for kayak and canoe paddlers. There are lighthouses at both ends of the water trail, as well as developed and primitive campgrounds and access to inland trails along the way.

Travel north from Houghton along the Copper Country Trail (US-41) to find Keweenaw National Historical Park, an expansive collection of museums, mining-related buildings, historic mining towns and visitor centers that tell the tale of the peninsula’s past.

Quincy copper mine

Quincy copper mine

At the southern end of the collection is the Quincy Unit, where you can tour Quincy Mine on a cog rail tram and walk the historic village streets to explore a blacksmith shop, a mine office and other structures.

Farther north along the Byway, you’ll arrive at Calumet, MI, where the Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company brought unrivaled prosperity. Many of the historic structures built during the copper mining boom remain and can be located on the self-guided Calumet walking tour.

One more stop, just twenty miles north at the Delaware Mining Company, will complete your education on the valuable mineral that changed this peninsula forever. This mine, also part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park collection, allows self-guided walking tours suitable for families (and pets!)

Visiting these villages and mines will certainly give you a better understanding of the Keweenaw’s past, but the present-day beauty of the area will also capture your imagination. All along the National Scenic Byway, you’ll find mountain lakes and lush, tree-studded hillsides sweeping upward to tempt your eye.

When you reach road’s-end at Copper Harbor, there’s still more to discover. A visit to Fort Wilkins Historic State Park offers a restored 1840s military outpost, a developed campground and the chance to tour Copper Harbor Lighthouse. 

For RV travelers who enjoy a good hike, the Copper Harbor area is an outdoor wonderland! Just a couple of suggestions to get you started: for a short walk in the woods, consider the 1-mile Cathedral Grove Trail through the oldest white pines in Michigan at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary. To fully appreciate the rocky Superior shoreline and the coastal forests that surround it, hike the trails at Keweenaw Shore Nature Sanctuary just east of Brockway Mountain.

And speaking of that high point along the Superior shoreline, be sure to treat your fellow campers to nine miles of breathtaking scenery along Brockway Mountain Drive from Copper Harbor east to Eagle Harbor. The entire drive is awe-inspiring, and a stop at the top promises full-circle views of Lake Superior.

Where Can We Camp Along the Way?

Besides Fort Wilkins State Park campground at the northern end of the Copper Country Trail, the peninsula offers many camping possibilities, from private lakeside resorts to basic state park campsites. 

The City of Houghton RV Park along the Keweenaw Water Trail accepts self-contained RVs, with quick access to downtown Houghton, the Water Trail and an adjacent city park.

The Village of Lake Linden Campground, north of Houghton and just east of US-41 on Torch Lake, is also adjacent to a village park, within cycling or walking distance to shops and eateries.

McLain State Park, west of Calumet, is right on Lake Superior, with a modern campground, hiking trails and a sand beach.

One more tip for RV camping along the Copper Country Trail—Lake Fanny Hooe Resort in Copper Harbor is a popular place to stay while enjoying the sights at the trail’s northern tip.

For camera-grabbing views, interesting historic sites and friendly, scenic campgrounds, Michigan’s uppermost peninsula takes top honors. Be sure to send us your favorite memories as you travel by RV along the Copper Country Trail.

Photo Credit: NPS.gov, Keweenaw NHP Archives, Koepel–8×10–B.F. Childs–Quincy
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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.

The Lincoln National Forest from Crest Trail

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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