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Visiting Michigan on Your Next Road Trip

No state in the Midwest holds as much natural riches as Michigan, richly deserving its title as the "Maine of the Midwest." Midwest camping is plenty at Michigan campgrounds and Michigan RV camping resorts. The state's western reaches follow the shoreline of Lake Michigan and offer a dynamic drive along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The drive begins just north of Muskegon and heads north into the Muskegon State Park. This 1,160-acre park hosts miles of hiking trails and wonderful views as sand beaches and dunes tumble into Lake Michigan.

Head north and one finds nearly 1,000,000 acres of pristine forest at the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Of course, there’s more than just miles of wilderness. Also found here are the Muskegon, Manistee and Pere Marquette rivers, much to the appreciation of canoeists and anglers. Within the National Forest also lies the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area. Set along the Lake Michigan shoreline, this area offers more than 3,000 acres in a primitive setting complete with lakes, bogs, and sand dunes.

Those in search of more fantastic dunes should head north on the scenic drive to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This park trails the lakeshore for 35 miles and displays dramatic sand structures that meld into the lake.

As you head into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, be prepared for some of the most awe-inspiring natural beauty anywhere between America's two coasts. Starting at the scenic town of St. Ignace you'll head into the Hiawatha National Forest, an enormous park that is broken into two parts, which bookend the Upper Peninsula. North of the park, along the chilly waters of Lake Superior, visit Whitefish Point Bird Observatory to catch glimpses of the loons and other birds who frequent the area. While you’re at it, be sure to visit the Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery, which stocks the area's lake trout population.

Head west along the Upper Peninsula’s northern shoreline and you'll soon cross the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and some of the best scenery in the Great Lakes region in the form of limestone cliffs towering over Superior's shoreline.

Although winter weather in Michigan can be brutal, the winter sports abound and some Michigan campgrounds and Michigan RV camping resorts are actually open year round. Call ahead to be sure!

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