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Old 10-16-2014, 07:37 PM   #1
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Planning the Sept 2015 trip, Michigan?

I am able to take a 'leave of absence' in September. We are planning a trip out of the heat and humidity of the Everglades and were thinking of Michigan. In the spirit of adventure we have NO IDEA what is there or what we should plan for. We love hiking and history and most anything we can do with a friendly Beagle in tow. This year we did NC and focused on the Asheville area, year before it was Santa Fe, NM. Do you have any suggestions for the MI area? Other near by states?

So where is the hiking trail?
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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I suggest Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) Island and that entire area. We were there a year ago and really enjoyed it. From there we went up to the Upper Pennisula and visited Sault Ste. Marie to see the locks, and then went over to White Fish Point to the Maritime Museum, and then over to Munising to see the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We spent two weeks, but could have spent lots more because I know we just hit some of the main high points.

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Old 10-16-2014, 08:07 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by captmatt View Post
I am able to take a 'leave of absence' in September. We are planning a trip out of the heat and humidity of the Everglades and were thinking of Michigan. In the spirit of adventure we have NO IDEA what is there or what we should plan for. We love hiking and history and most anything we can do with a friendly Beagle in tow. This year we did NC and focused on the Asheville area, year before it was Santa Fe, NM. Do you have any suggestions for the MI area? Other near by states?

Traverse City. Best outdoor activities, best scenery, best food, best wine, friendliest folks. I'm a little biased, but when you do some research I think you'll find lots of support. Oh, and Mackinaw Island ferry is only two hours away! Let us know if you head up here!

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Old 10-17-2014, 05:25 AM   #4
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We did that exact trip this past summer. Stayed at Ludington State Park (beach beautiful, facilities nice, but campsites close together where we camped.) if you go after Labor Day and kids back in school, maybe you'll have more choices. Next stayed in Mackinaw City at Mackinaw Mill Creek. Large campground with sites of all types. What we especially liked was the bike trail from campground to the ferry to take us to Mackinac Island. If you're a bike rider be sure and ride the entire island. We had lunch at the Grand Hotel (100.00 for two), but checked that one off bucket list. Next we drove all the way to Copper Harbor. Here's where we made the mistake. Bit off more than we could chew in one day. So much to see in the UP, take your time, stop often, stop at visitor centers and get info on everything that there is to see. Stayed at Fanny Hooe in Copper Harbor. Nice, small family campground. Beautiful area. There is a state park up the road you might like. Google "Bond Falls, MI" and be sure and take the time. That was somewhere between Mackinaw City and Copper Harbor. Voted one of best waterfalls in the U.S. Have fun.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:32 AM   #5
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We love to drive the UP's Lake Superior end to the other. There are lots of inexpensive, county campgrounds and it is spectacularly beautiful.

Go to the Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Bay, be sure to get to Copper Harbor State Park and take the ferry from Bayfield to Madeleine Island....where you can camp in a state or county campground.

A beautiful part of the country, one of our favorites.

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Old 10-17-2014, 06:10 AM   #6
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While you are there, be sure to register for Urban Air in Eaton Rapids. This year we had 65 beautiful Airstream trailers (and one beautiful Interstate) camping out on Main St for three nights. Meet Airstreamers from all over the country, help a local economy, and have tons of fun. It's a win, win, win!
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:32 AM   #7
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The UP (Upper Peninsula) is fabulous! We were there for the first time several years ago when our son started school at Michigan Tech in Houghton.

Places like Copper Harbor, Keweenah Peninsula, Picture Rocks, Porcupine Mountains... just for starters. We were on the UP just a few weeks ago and the fall colors were spectacular! We love this area for its' beauty, hiking, biking, kayaking...

Last winter the area had a little over 28 feet of snow, but you are safe in September/October.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:05 PM   #8
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Michigan is a wonderful place to see with an Airstream. Now I am a bit biased because I grew up there.

My recommendation would be to tour the entire coastline of Michigan. I would start on the ease coast and run up the entire coast on Lake Huron to Mackinac Island, Go east once in the UP then go to Dummond Island, then go north to Sault Saint Marie then west along the shore of Lake Superior. In Munising we stayed at the city park and don't miss the Pictured Rocks boat cruise. Go in the afternoon. Head west to Marquette then west to Copper Harbor then south to the north shore of Lake Michigan then back to Mackinac, then follow the shore of Lake Michigan through Traverse City, then Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes then south to Holland. What a great way to spend a month or two. We used mostly National Forest and State forest campgrounds because they were cheaper and offered larger sites with privacy and we like to boondock.

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Old 10-17-2014, 10:14 PM   #9
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Upper Michigan in September

Upper Michigan would be an excellent choice for September!

The Mackinaw Bridge that spans the lake between the upper and lower peninsula is awe inspiring; a true wonder of the world.

Just across the bridge on the upper side is Mackinaw Island, a restored town that takes you back to early America and its fort system. Google the Island and you will find photos that would make any attempt of mine to describe it paltry by comparison. The Lake Superior coast is very interesting and if you drove all the way to the copper country (upper thumb of upper hand) you will find autumn colors that rival New England due to the preponderance of maple trees. Great history... Calumet once had more millionaires than any U.S. city outside of New York City. Copper was king and you can still find native copper (almost pure) sitting on top of the ground if you look.

Houghton (not Houghton Lake) is the home to Michigan Technological University, which I think still has its own sawmill for the Forestry Dept.

Watch the weather and check the almanacs. Some years September has beautiful color and pleasant afternoons, but others it gets instantly cold and rains, and the leaves drop almost overnight.

I lived in the Houghton area for 3 years, and could be talked into driving my 22 Safari up there (have my mother and some sisters and a brother in St Paul, MN so I could catch them on the way up). Thanks for making me think of it.

Oh, by the way, Isle Royale National Park is a 45 mile long island about 5 miles wide that sits about 45 miles from the Lake Superior shore in the Copper Country. It is not accessible by car or TT, but you can fly out in a pontoon boat or take the National Park ship out and it is also exceptional. I used to run it with a 20 foot Mako in 70 minutes in flat water, but the ship takes 5-6 hours. Plane is more expensive, but worth the ride.
If you have the time, it would also be a great side trip... look it up on the web. There are moose and wolves on the island as natural occupants. The lake has rarely frozen over, so there is a lot of debate about how they got there.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:47 AM   #10
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Michigan is like two Floridas, being two peninsulas. Just follow the coastlines for some beautiful scenery. The interior is flat, lake country, with its own features and appeal. Michigan is also trailer and Airstream centric, with more 'Streams than anyplace else I've been, it seems. Check out the Tin Can Tourists for some vintage raliys to stop at.
The Gilmore Car Museum near K'Zoo is worth going out of your way for, as is Greenfield Village near Detroit.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:55 AM   #11
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That snowfall meter is kinda scary!!!

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Old 10-18-2014, 08:01 AM   #12
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Consider Grand Marais next to Picture Rocks National Shoreline. Campground galore in the upper. Even national forest. The entire upper ( pronounced yupper). Going on the lighthouse trail also

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Old 10-18-2014, 08:08 AM   #13
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Make sure to include the Leelanau Peninsula (just north of Traverse City) in your itinerary. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the state.

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Old 01-07-2015, 09:32 PM   #14
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Wow this thread is great timing for me - I'm planning my first trip to MI (outside of a trip to Saugatuk two year agos) this July. Let me ask you Michigan folks - have any of you taken your airstream on this Ferry from Ludington to Manitowac? Based on this thread my iternerary is now Saugatuk (Holland State Park), to Mackinaw City, to Sleeping Bear Dunes, to Ludington where I'd take the Ferry to Wisconsin for Door County.

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