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LuckyFlagstaff

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Hi everyone,
We're new to the TT life (and rv forums), just bought a Flagstaff 829bhss last year. We have a few 4 day weekend trips under our belt but We have yet to set out for a long vacation in it.
We live in Michigan and have a state park pass. I'm looking for places to go either in Michigan or Northern Indiana, Ohio, etc that we can go in June or July.
Anyone have a tried and true campground/State Park that they love? Two kids, both under 5
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METZCOOL

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If OHIO Hocking Hills is on top of my list, lots of hiking, forest, and laid back area.

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Sterling State Park in Monroe, MI but make reservation early.





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Welcome! I love Ludington and Grand Haven there in Michigan, but nearly impossible to get reservations. All of the Indiana parks we've been to have been very nice, too.


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mbutts

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Posted: 02/21/13 05:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lakeport State Park is a nice park for a weekend and it's a short drive from the Metro Detroit area.


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Matt_Colie

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Lucky,

Michigan is a big and varied place. I can probably be more help if you start by saying where you are, how long you are willing to drive and what sort of place you want.

What ever it is, it is probably in range. Now all you have to do is find it.

Sterling was mentioned. It is not our cup of tea. It is a treeless parking area. Only a portion of the sites have more than shore power. The only real entertainment is the lake beach. Others have more.

Matt - Near DTW


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If you are looking for a place to entertain the two little ones, think about checking out the Port Huron KOA. Lots of activities for the little ones (splash pads, water slides, go carts, etc).

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How about a newly retired couple from the St Louis area looking to spend some time in Michigan after the kids are back in school. Don't know where to go and don't want to make reservations and be locked-in. We are B campers and flit about often. Have y'all got any suggestions? We've got some time and want to see what Michigan has to offer.
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Matt_Colie

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garmp1 wrote:

How about a newly retired couple from the St Louis area looking to spend some time in Michigan after the kids are back in school. Don't know where to go and don't want to make reservations and be locked-in. We are B campers and flit about often. Have y'all got any suggestions? We've got some time and want to see what Michigan has to offer.
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Gramp,

Again, it would help if you gave some idea what you want to do. With spring approaching, you should plan to get to tulip time in Holland. There is so much to see that, other than offering the usual generalities, it is difficult to make suggestions.
History People?
There is the Henry Ford/Greenfield village in Dearborn. Your B will not be a problem there.
The Edison Museum in Port Huron is great.
As you are coming about that way, look up the Gilmore Automotive Museum in Hickory Corner.
Just driving along the lake shore can be amazing enough, but then you can always stop at the Sleeping Bear Dunes NP and play in the sand and clean water.
At the tip of the thumb is the Strait. There is also the history that is easy to find and you can still avoid the tourist trap that is Mackinac Island.
With a B you will still get knicked crossing the bridge. If it doesn't look like at car, you pay 2.5X the fare. (And they charge us half again more because they can't count. Can you guess why I avoid crossing that bridge?)
There are folk, jazz and other music festivals all over the state all summer long. Not to mention fishing contest and other such things.

Good Luck and Safe Travel

Matt

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Thanks Matt. We plan to try that area in the fall (late August - early Sept.) rather than spring. We love the outdoors, and nature sights. Museums are nice, but want to avoid cities. Driving along the lake shore and take in the sights sounds like our type of thing to do. Thanks for the tip about Mackinac Island being a tourist trap. Leelanau State Park caught our eye. Might just work our way up the shore of Lake Michigan to Leelanau and then . . . Haven't gotten that far yet. Maybe cross the bridge and head over to Wisconsin and down the western shore of the lake. Or head back down the middle of the state. Do you feel we'll have a problem getting campsites with no reservations at that time of the year?
And the Bridge. Our B is a Sportsmobile and the top folds down. Other than a 4" extension on the roof and different windows, it looks like a regular passenger van. Even has a bench seat in the rear and no visible bed. Interesting to see how they price this.
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garmp

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