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Old 03-22-2018, 08:35 AM   #1
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FL to MI Road Trip

Planning a road trip from FL to MI for a music festival the end of June. Interested in great campgrounds in MI that are close to beautiful sites or cool little towns where we can settle in for a few days and tour before the festival! Also if you have ideas on towns to stop in between FL and MI that would be great too! We are planning a stop in Nashville for a couple of days - but not sure where else! Trip will take us through GA, TN, KY, @ IN. NOTE - we will have 2 dogs w/ us -- so options will be somewhat limited. Thx so much!!
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Not sure where specifically the music festival is, I'll assume Western Michigan as you're coming up through Indiana.

The entire Lake Michigan coast in Michigan has interesting small Harbor towns, starting right at the border with New Buffalo. This site has a good overview of some of the stops there: https://newbuffaloexplored.com/ Saugatuck, Grand Haven and the other beach towns up that way are worth some additional research.

If you have time to make it far enough North, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the smaller towns (Leland, Frankfort, etc) between there and Traverse City are beautiful and worth the stop.
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:21 AM   #3
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thank you! music festival is in Rothbury MI.
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Have you considered a more eastern path. Say through Jackson Center, OH? There's a lot of good camping 20 miles east and west of I-75 all the way up. You also have a chance to visit Indiana Dunes State Park as a setup for your last leg into Rothbury.
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From Rothbury I'd say it's definitely worth the extra 100 mile north detour to head into Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leelanau Peninsula, etc. Rothbury is just short of "Up North" in Michigan and it would be a shame to drive so far and miss it.

I'm sure others will weigh in with plenty of other great suggestions.
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Ludington is not too far north of the festival & has beautiful beaches on lake Michigan.
Manistee 30 mi north of there is full of beautifully restored Victorian homes. Plus more gorgeous beaches.
Both are worth going to.
Have fun. The festival looks amazing.
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If you prefer full hook ups, in Ludington try Vacation Station, and in Manistee, try Little River Casino Resort. Both Ludington and Manistee are nice towns, north of Rothbury and on the way to Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.
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Better check on having dogs at the dunes. I think there are restrictions.
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Onekama is a cool tiny town 12 miles north of manistee.
Some of the best apples in the world come from between manistee & onekama.
If you go to Onekama be sure to see the Portage Point Inn
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Thank you!!!

so excited to explore in our new little airstream!!! Thank you so much for all of the great recommendations. Curious if anybody have used dog sitting services when on the road? I'm trying out rover.com -- and there are people up in MI area that are listed.
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so excited to explore in our new little airstream!!! Thank you so much for all of the great recommendations. Curious if anybody have used dog sitting services when on the road? I'm trying out rover.com -- and there are people up in MI area that are listed.
We've done it before. Most boarding places also offer daycare type services that we've used on the road allow us to take a kayak trip or other activity that's not dog friendly. We use yelp/Google reviews to identify the best ones in the area we are in.

Request the most recent records from your vet right before the trip. Might not be required for rover, etc but most daycares/boarding etc will request them.
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We spent a day exploring the parks on either side of empire, MI and the short hikes there and loved it

I just did that route FL to Fort Wayne a couple weeks ago in my class a, my takeaways
Nashville has a couple nasty sections of potholes there's nothing you can do about

The next two combined to give me an ulcer.
465 going around Indianapolis has some terrible potholes in the lane you'll want, so you'll have to ride in one of the faster lanes
69 north of indy is absolutley terrible for a couple dozen miles in the slow lane. Again, you'll have to ride the fast lane
We did it at night in the rain, which didn't help, but they combined to make an hour that seemed like an eternity of relentless unending potholes every couple seconds that were beating the absolute living daylights out of the motorhome. As in potholes so deep we dropped in and it actually jarred opened our windows. The entire time I was amazed we hadn't yet lost a tire or the entire toad. Had we done it in any other weather conditions we probably would have been able to see to avoid them or change lanes.

Other than that small nightmare it was smooth sailing
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Sorry I opened this a bit late, but if you haven't already it may be la.te to get into the Michigan State Campgrounds, the good spots go fast, like a year in advance. We forgot to get our usual spot at Grand Haven for the Forth, great place, close to town, right by a great display, but sadly, full.
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so excited to explore in our new little airstream!!! Thank you so much for all of the great recommendations. Curious if anybody have used dog sitting services when on the road? I'm trying out rover.com -- and there are people up in MI area that are listed.
I have a dog and it is very hard to find a pet sitter in northern Michigan. At least where I'm at.
Seems like the ones listed in my area are "kids".
Not that there is anything wrong with that. I'm sure there are good ones.
Be sure to check references.
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