The 5 Best Places for a Michigan RV Road Trip
by Paige Reid, on May 20, 2019 12:02:45 PM
Now that the weather is warming up and the clouds are rolling away, it is time to start planning your summer vacations and road trips. Michigan, being surrounded by the great lakes, has plenty of outdoor adventures including hiking, boating, beaching, and so many more. We have compiled what we have found are some of the best places to take your RV road trip this summer.
- Holland State Park
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
- Traverse City
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
- Mackinac Island
Holland is home to sunbathing, water sports, and swimming. There are also two campgrounds, including Lake Macatawa Campground and Holland-Beach Campground, two of Michigan’s all-time favorite campgrounds. Not far from the state park is the Big Red Lighthouse, a fan favorite being Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse. Not only does Holland have the beach vibe at the state park, it also has a charming downtown area with unique restaurants and shops for everyone. Check out Grand Haven, just 30 minutes north, and get yourself a Pronto Pup snack as well as walk their beautiful and newly reconstructed pier.
Found on the banks of Lake Superior, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore was America’s first National Lakeshore. The park is free and includes hiking and walking trails for the family. The beautiful and famous Pictured Rocks cliffs, which the park was named after, stretch over 15 miles from Sand Point to Spray Falls. The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore should find itself on any Michigander’s bucket list. The Bay Furnace Campground and the Munising Tourist Park Campground are great places to stay when visiting.
Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort is a beautiful campground just 8 minutes from downtown. Traverse City is found on the 45th parallel, sharing this latitude with France and Italy. What do these places have in common that’s so great? The delicious winery trails. The Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas are call Traverse City home. The Chateau Grand Traverse, Black Star Farms, and 45 North Vineyard & Winery are popular favorites. Not into the wine? That works too! Traverse City’s beautiful beach looks out on Lake Michigan and is nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (see below). Traverse City also hosts the Cherry Festival, one of Michigan’s greatest traditions to bringing ‘pure; local agriculture to one of the most beautiful places to stay in Michigan.
Sleeping Bear Dunes is beautifully old and covers 65 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline. Great views of the lake and land can be found from the top of Sleeping Bear, Pyramid Point, and Empire. Lake Michigan also includes many activities and water sports like canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and many more. The Platte River Campground is a wonderful campground found in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, however for a more extravagant stay, check out Indigo Bluffs RV Resort. Before you go check out the Sleeping Bear Dunes Legend here!
Last but most certainly not least is the incredible Mackinac Island. Home to some of arguably the BEST fudge, Mackinac also has beautiful architecture, scenery, and unique features. Transportation is only by foot, bicycle, or horse buggy, following the Victorian theme. Unfortunately, some vehicles are not allowed on the island, so we recommend treating yourself to staying in the Grand Hotel, built in 1887 and is considered one of the best hotels in the country. If you would rather stay in your RV, that’s fine too! The Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island KOA is a great campground and offers free shuttles to island ferries available.