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The Ultimate RVing Stops in the Mitten State—Michigan!

Michigan is a wonderful state to go RVing in! All year long our state boasts exceptional beauty, a plethora of outdoor activities, and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. From the bottom of the Lower Peninsula to the tip of the Upper Peninsula, you’ll come across everything from small-town villages to picturesque waterfront towns to big cities that come alive at night with concerts, professional sports, and art festivals. There is no shortage of things to see and do in the Mitten State, so an RVing trip to Michigan is always a good idea. And to get you started in your planning, here’s a list of ultimate RVing stops to make while visiting the Mitten! 

Tawas Point State Park

Referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” you’re in for a charming visit when you visit this state park located above the thumb of Michigan. Situated on Tawas Bay, the campground is loaded with amenities that you’ll love, including swimming in the warm bay waters, fishing for perch, walleye, bass, and more, hiking the Sandy Hook Hiking Trail, birdwatching, metal detecting, and so much more! And don’t leave Fluffy behind! This state park has a pet-friendly area right on the shoreline so you and your dog can enjoy swimming together. Touring the Tawas Point Lighthouse, built in 1876, is a popular activity at the park. The modern campground offers electrical hookups, modern restrooms, and a dump station.    

Port Crescent State Park

This state park is a great beach destination as it sits on three miles of sandy beach along Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay at the very tip of Michigan’s thumb. Families will have fun swimming, fishing, hiking, and canoeing during the warm summer months and cross-country skiing in the winter. There is a pet-friendly area along the Pinnebog River, so bring your fur baby along too. For RVing you’ll enjoy electrical hookups, modern restrooms, and a dump station. 

Grand Haven State Park

Spend time along Lake Michigan’s shoreline in beautiful Grand Haven and reserve your spot in the Grand Haven State Park—but do so early because it fills up fast! Located right on the beach and next to the boardwalk, there’s always a flurry of activity day and night. Quiet and serene it’s not, but fun and lively it definitely is! This 48-acre park has 160 campsites and it offers 30 & 50 amp electrical service, modern restrooms, a playground, a picnic shelter, and a dump station. The city of Grand Haven has tons of boutique shopping, great restaurants, ice cream shops, the world’s largest Musical Fountain, and a beautiful pier that extends out into the waters of Lake Michigan. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

From the thumb of Michigan to the tip of the pinky finger, there is beauty from coast to coast, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a prime example of how Michigan offers awe-inspiring sights and experiences. With sand dunes that tower 450 feet above the azure-blue waters of Lake Michigan, miles of wooded hiking trails, the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and the scenic 7.4-mile Pierce Stocking Drive within the park, this is the perfect family RVing destination in northern Michigan. The Platte River Campground offers back-in and pull-thru sites for RVs, along with electrical hookups, potable water, bathhouses, and a sanitation station. With the quaint village of Glen Haven right around the corner and the jaw-dropping panoramic views from the dunes, it’s a great destination for nature lovers and village hoppers alike. 

Traverse City State Park

Described as an “urban park,” this 47-acre state park is fun for the whole family! Close to Traverse City’s amazing shopping and eating district near the water, the year-round park has over 300 sites with electrical hookups, modern restrooms, and a sanitation station. The beach along East Bay is right across the street and easily accessible via a new pedestrian overpass. Traverse City is also a popular destination for winery and brewery tours up and down the lakeshore, the annual Cherry Festival, and exhilarating outdoor winter activities. Book your campsite early, as Traverse City is one of the top northern Michigan destinations year after year! 

Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground

Two hours north of Traverse City you’ll find beautiful Mackinaw City. Located right on the Straits of Mackinac, Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground has received many campground awards, and it’s easy to see why when you start to explore it. It offers a mile of lakefront beauty along Lake Huron and spectacular views of the Mackinaw Bridge. The area is rich in history with Fort Michilimackinac—a National Historic Landmark and State Park—and a Revolutionary War period water-powered sawmill. Hop aboard the ferry and spend a day touring Mackinaw Island where you’ll find horse-drawn carriages (no cars allowed), fantastic fudge shops, boutique shopping, great restaurants, and bikes for rent so you can ride around the island. This northern Michigan stop is certainly a family favorite! 

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

A spectacular place to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a must-see destination in the Upper Peninsula of the Mitten State! The park is famous for its waterfalls, and for good reason—the Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Amazingly, over 50,000 gallons of water per second has been recorded flowing over these falls! About four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, which consists of five small waterfalls that are just as breathtaking as the larger one. The falls are notable not just for their size but also for the amber color of the water and the excessive amount of foam that swirls through them. Spanning over 13 miles, the densely wooded area has tons of wildlife and offers great outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, and canoeing. There are multiple campgrounds within the state park that offer full hookups and modern bathrooms.   

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

If you head west in the Upper Peninsula along the shores of Lake Superior you’ll come to the stunningly beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. You definitely do not want to forget your camera when you visit this amazing destination, as the colorful sandstone cliffs that tower above the pristine waters are very photo worthy. There are nearly 100 miles of trails to hike, but if possible, hop onto one of the boat tours that gets you out on Lake Superior so you can see the cliffs from the water—definitely the best view! While the park itself does not offer RV camping, there are a few campgrounds nearby that do: Munising Tourist Park Campground, Wandering Wheels Campground, and Bay Furnace Campground. Reviews for all three parks state that they offer great amenities and offer lovely accommodations. 

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Mountains in Michigan? Yup, Michigan has mountains—and they’re gorgeous! Head almost to the Michigan/Wisconsin border in the U.P. and you’ll come to the largest state park in Michigan, the Porcupine Mountains. Affectionately named “the Porkies”, this 60,000-acre mountain wilderness area offers all the outdoor activities that hugely popular western mountain ranges do. In the summer you’ll enjoy mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, and bird/wildlife watching. When the snow is flying, get out and go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and hiking. And again, bring your camera because the park boasts numerous photo-worthy waterfalls all over! For RV camping, head over to Ontonagon Township Park right on the shores of Lake Superior where you’ll find premium amenities for a great stay. Some lakefront sites have direct beach access. Other sites are more wooded for privacy. Take your pick! All the sites offer hookups and there are modern restrooms. 

The Mitten State has an unending supply of wonderful RV destinations from coast to coast and from the Lower Peninsula to the Upper Peninsula. You can’t go wrong with any of the spots on this list, or go out on a limb and choose one of your own! Once you start exploring our great state, you’ll make RVing in Michigan an annual tradition!

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