The beauty of Michigan ranges from sand dunes and beaches to farmlands and forest, to thousands of lakes, some that contain islands where horses and bicycles are the only means of transportation. In fact, in Michigan, you are never more than a few hours far from a Great Lake, of which Michigan has four.
Blueberry farms, cherry festivals, and apple trees are notorious in Michigan. Now, if you happen to be an RVer planning to visit Michigan, here are five places perfect for RVing. When visiting, be sure to give yourself ample time to explore in each location. You’ll be glad you did. We lived in Charlevoix and Petoskey a combined total of almost 40 years. It was difficult to narrow it down to 5 areas. Northern Michigan is simply gorgeous!
Downtown Petoskey Michigan
5 Michigan Getaways For RVers
Petoskey Michigan is nestled along the little traverse bay. Surrounded by historical homes, and with an amazing downtown full of locally owned businesses Petoskey is a year-round destination. So if you’re an RVer looking to visit Petoskey this summer, here are a few campgrounds and places to visit during your trip to Petoskey.
RV Campgrounds –
Petoskey KOA Campground
Endless blue water is everywhere, wildlife can be found on the shores, boaters can be found on the waves, and there is no limit to the fun you can have here. This is the beauty of Lake Michigan and this is the beauty of the Petoskey KOA campground.
This vacation location is located to a destination of 30-miles south of Mackinac city, and the Mackinac Island. This campsite has over 185 RV campsites of which are all paved with concrete patios and each site is groomed every day to make sure that the grass is green.
This campsite has a site for tents and cabins that ranges from rustic versions with bunk beds to sofas to models that offer comfortable couches, spacious kitchens, and private bathrooms.
Facilities and amenities available are a swimming pool, hot pool, hot tubs, café, volleyball and basketball court, golf, tennis, playground, WIFI, laundry room, a store and a lot of sightseeing places. It is no wonder that campers keep coming back for more.
Hearthside Groove Luxury Motorcoach Resort
Thinking about an RV park that will bring you close to nature? In the lush countryside of Northern
Michigan, you will find a resort that is rich in luxury and craftsmanship as it is in natural beauty- Hearthside Groove. A luxurious motor-coach resort resting on a secluded 140 acre of land in Petoskey Michigan, Hearthside is a popular tourist destination.
Most people come here to get away from the hot steamy weather of the south. And this resort is known for its million-dollar sunset. Beyond that, it is surrounded by three beautiful communities including Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, and Mackinac Island, offer motorhome owner a perfect reflection of the surrounding areas.
The facilities and activities at this park include a clubhouse with spa, private bungalows, pool, fitness room, business center and laundry facilities, state of the art hookups, full irrigation, and complimentary WIFI.
If you’re bored during your stay at your campground, below are a few places you can visit.
Places to Eat in Petoskey:
Roast and Toast
Looking for a way to kick start your morning with a cup of coffee? Well, the place everyone visits when they want to start their day right with a cup of coffee is Roast and Toast. Being in business for 25 years, Roast and Toast offer the best house-roasted coffee in Petoskey. In addition, they offer a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch and supper from 7 am till 7 pm. Feel free to get yourself the ” Autumn Sunset Coffee” and tell me how it tastes.
Just as Roast and Toast is known for its home-brewed coffee, Johan’s bakery is known for their doughnuts. Being in business since 1958, this bakery prides itself on using the best ingredients they can and that’s where their quality comes from.
All doughnuts are handmade and made with the equipment that has been used for years, giving the doughnuts the perfect finger licking taste. Everyone goes to Johan’s whether you’re a local or a traveler. When you pass by during your RV trip do not forget to try my favorite doughnut which is the “Long John”.
Shopping in Downtown Petoskey;
If you love shopping then the best place to be in Petoskey is downtown. Downtown Petoskey is so vibrant and fun with its wide variety of stores. With shops like Bear Cub Outfitters, Lake Street Dry Goods and Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts (which is one of my favorites), you have all the shops you need to purchase your favorite clothing, food or gift. Make sure you get yourself a Petoskey stone.
Petoskey Stones – a treasure for rock enthusiasts. Petoskey stones are a fossil of a coral that lived in the sea that covered the Great Lakes Area approximately 350 million years ago. When the rock is dry it looks like ordinary limestone. Only when the surface is wet can you see the six-sided rays of the rising sun. The Petoskey Stone was named after the Ottawa Chief of Pe-to-se-ga, which means Rising Sun.
2. Traverse City
One city in Michigan which might surpass your imagination is Traverse city. Who could have thought that right in America’s heartland in the mid-west, you could have some of the best beaches and clear water in the world? There are so many activities in Traverse City, and if you’re an RVer looking to visit Traverse city, here are a few campgrounds and places you can visit.
RV Campgrounds –
Traverse City Bay Resort
If you’re looking for that RV park that is more like a community then Traverse city bay resort is the right place for you. For an RV park, there is so much to do here in this resort and every day is different. From happy hours to big crowds on the patio, clubhouses for a group meeting, social life never gets boring at this resort.
In addition, some of the amenities available at the park include paved streets, cement patios, swimming pools, Cable TV, hookups, WIFI, and a laundry room. Besides these, some activities available at the park include boating, golf, knitting groups, Margarita nights, and a lot of activities available to encompass everyone at the park.
Beyond the fact that there is a lot of green nature and activities, this park actually has an area for Class A motorhomes, and also another area for Class C motorhomes and fifth wheels.
Traverse City KOA Park
Being in business since 1998, the Traverse city KOA park has a 119 sites including anything from rustic tent sites, all the way to deluxe camping site that includes full hookups, and a concrete patio, free WiFi for those of you who might want to work whiles camping, laundry service and free cable at all deluxe cabins.
Some services offered include wood delivery to your site, free trash picks up on your site so you do not have to worry about going to the dumpster, you’re escorted to your site when you check in for the first time, and upgraded mattress in the deluxe site together with free toiletries.
Campers will appreciate daily activities with the kids, along with amenities like a sand volleyball court, bike runnels to tour the campground, and a pet playground for your four-legged friends, swimming pool, miniature golf course.
Must Visit While In Traverse City –
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Do you like hiking? Then visiting sleeping bear dunes is the perfect recreation for you when in Traverse City. It takes 30 to 45 minutes for you to get to the top of the dunes, and there is a great pay off to those that make it to the top. And that is you get to see a clear view of the beautiful Lake Michigan. Hiking
Moomer Ice Cream
The best way to reward yourself after a long day of visiting the Sleeping bear dunes and having a great view of Lake Michigan is to get yourself some homemade ice cream. This shop is an iconic ice cream parlor that is known all around the city for having the best ice cream. And it is actually voted the number one ice cream place in the US. So, if you find yourself in traverse city and you have a sweet tooth then the Moomer Ice cream parlor is the right place to be.
Lake Leelanau RV Resort
Beyond the fact that this resort is close to the lake, it is known for its clean and serene environment. Some activities available on this resort includes a private sandy beach, boat and jet ski rentals, a visit to Leland by water from the docks on Lake Leelanau, kayak and water bikes, and numerous social activities. And during the summer, there is a free pipe organ concert.
Amenities available include WIFI, lodge, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, laundry facilities, private shower and restroom, and full-service sites.
Places to Visit-
As the name suggests, this is a little town in Leland where you can go to get fresh fish from fishermen. Besides that, you can sit next to the waterfall available and get yourself some food to eat. There is also a little village where you can get to do your shopping of artifacts and dresses inspired by this small fishing city.
4. Pictured Rocks
Pictured Rock RV Park
One feature about this park that I like is that they have trash cans everywhere to make the disposal of trash as easy as possible. At this particular Rv park too they also allow tent camping, which might be something you might want to do as a group since you have to pay for the full hook up spot.
For those of you who like to have an outdoor experience, we highly recommend this park. The surrounding sites are more wooded if you want that woodsy feel, and you’re pretty much going to be under the sun the entire time where ever you go.
As far as amenities, this park offers clean bathrooms, swimming pool, WiFi, sewer, and that’s about it.
Places to Visit-
Pictured Rocks Lakeshore
This place has a lot to offer, from a beautiful forest to hiking trails, beach, and Lake Superior nearby. This is the perfect place to get off your RV world and connect with nature. The water at lake superior is crystal clear, where you’re treated with awesome views of the water and sand dunes at the east. However, there are a lot of cool places such as a lighthouse, lake, beach, and waterfall nearby you can visit.
They say beauty is in the beholder, that it comes from the inside out, well some will say it lives in a small town in Northern Michigan where petunias blossom by the thousands, and manicured streets leads to stunning views. This is the beautiful city of Charlevoix, where nature’s stones have been carved into one of a kind home, and a magnificent castle stands tall beyond its era.
Fisherman Island State Park
Sitting 6 miles away from Lake Michigan’s shoreline on 2678 acres of land is Fisherman Island state park. Amenities offered by this park include pull-through site, electric hook up service, clean restrooms and bathrooms, and an area for tents.
Some activities you can engage in include rock hunting, and fishing.
Young State Park
If you have a big rig, then it should fit perfectly in this park. Found along the lake, this park offers some amenities such as pull-through site, electric hook up for 50 amp service, clean restrooms and bathrooms, and an area for tents.
Places to Visit-
Owned by a dairy farmer, castle farm was built to keep equipment of this dairy farmer. Not until 2005 this castle was renovated into a tourist destination, event space for family events and weddings, and a gift shop. First-time visitors are taken on a guided tour and briefed about the history of this magnificent building. Also, this castle can boast of the largest outdoor model railroad in Michigan, and a beautiful garden.
There are 28 of them, and these houses are made of special stones throughout the Northern Michigan area. Most people call them gnome homes or hobbit houses, but there is one in particular that looks like a button mushroom, so that is how they got their name mushroom houses. The locals refer to it as Boulder Park.
Here are the 5 beautiful places to visit in Michigan and I hope you have a great time.
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