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theoldwizard1

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rk911 wrote:

US RT 2 thru the Upper Peninsula is a must.

Few people know just how "wild" the UP of MI is !

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Any trip up the West Coast of Michigan will be well worth it. Michigan does New England better than "New England". Towns like Saugatuck, Petosky is amazing, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Ludington, etc. along Rt. 31 are not to be missed. Take time to cut over to Traverse City. Beautiful! From TC you would visit the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore. From there, a day trip up I believe Rt. 22 all the way to Northport. The towns along the lakeshore are again better than New England, and the folks are mid-Western friendly. Enjoy your trip.


Cut over to M-22 if you're headed North along 31, since 31 goes inland for about 30 miles. It's a nice winding road that hugs the lakeshore and eventually goes right to Sleeping Bear ... Take M-22 all the way to Northport and then keep going to the tip of the peninsula if you have time. Maybe park your rig at a campground near sleeping bear and take the bike.


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I think it is Sandy shores Campground (Google campgrounds Mears Michigan) say Hi to Hank for me (he's a camp host).

Ask him nicely and you can talk to me, and several others, long about 945 AM most days


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We spent almost a week in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area last fall. That's a great base to use for exploring the area.


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Hard to go wrong with many suggestions, but a couple of interesting things to do:
Silver Lake, Michigan, north of Muskegon has sand dunes on Lake Michigan and is a popular off road area. You can rent a Jeep and go on the dunes. Solo or with a guided group. We did this and it was a blast.
A little out of the way is the shipwreck museum near Whitefish Point in the U.P. I'm not a boat person, but I found it really interesting.
On the way back down in Wisconsin you can skip Chicago by taking a ferry across Lake Michigan. I don't know if they can handle your rig and it would be expensive, but you'll probably never forget the ride.
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Posted: 05/10/20 08:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take the trike thru the Tunnel of Trees.





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Lynnmor wrote:

Take the trike thru the Tunnel of Trees.


x2. If they're open, stop by Legs Inn in Cross Village.


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I second the review of the shipwreck museum in the U.P. Somewhat small but packed with a lot of really interesting exhibits about great lakes shipping. It sits on the shore of Lake Michigan at a Northern Point with a sandy beach. If the weather permits it is a great spot for a picnic, although we were there in late July and there was a cold 20 mph wind blowing off the lake.

The museum isn't really far from the Mackinac Bridge, maybe an hour at best. There is a large Michigan State Park with many campsites 20 minutes away from the museum which in itself is a must-see of the river and waterfalls. Beautiful! We stayed there 3 nights, peaceful and only two gas stations in the area and one very small grocery store.

Sandy Shores Campground has gotten good reviews on CampgroundReviews.Com website. Also nearby is Traverse City State Park with almost 400 treed sandy sites two and a half miles outside of TC city center. Awesome....

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The shipwreck museum is on the shore of Lake Superior in Whitefish Point

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The park near the museum is Tahquamenon Falls State Park





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