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Old 07-30-2017, 08:28 PM   #1
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The great lakes

so the wife and i are trying to figure out where to go on a week (or more) long trip next year. we are from PA and haven't traveled north very much. we are thinking about Michigan or upstate New York near the great lakes. any suggestions or favorite spots? Ideally we would park the travel trailer at one place with alot to do there and take day trips to near by attractions.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:45 PM   #2
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Please refer to recent post "Niagara Trip Suggestions".

Many things to do and see around Greater Buffalo & Niagara Falls region.
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:20 PM   #3
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Thousand Island region is beautiful. We camp at Grass Point State Park between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, NY every year and take our boat. You can see the Antique Boat Museum, two castles, boat tours, fishing, light house overlooking Lake Ontario. Don't expect chain restaurants or flashy stuff, this place is a "summer only" economy.

In Michigan, you might want to check out Young State Park on Lake Charlevoix. It's near the town of Charlevoix on Lake Michigan.

There are other places I would recommend while you're up there in Michigan. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is right on Lake Michigan and it's amazing! You think Florida has sand? Wait 'till you see this. It's a bit of a drive but worth the trip. Be sure to check out the "climbing dune". I don't think you can camp in this park.

Another would be the Mackinac Bridge. After you cross the bridge you can find parking for a ferry that will take you to Mackinac Island where you can step back in time--no cars allowed! Be prepared to eat some fudge; they make it everywhere. There's a nice Irish Pub.

I've boated on nearby Torch Lake. The water is a beautiful blue color (some sort of mineral does it I think) and they say that when conditions are right you can see 100 feet down. There's no camping on this lake that I know of. You could grab some lunch in the town of Alden and check it out.
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:21 AM   #4
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Traver City, MI has a nice campground right across from lake.Nice relaxing area. Michigan has a lot to offer. I wasn't impressed with Maciknaw Island, tourist trap. Currently been exploring New York Sate. Pretty cool state. We did Niagara Falls, 1000 Islands, Lake George, Watkins Glen, Letchworth SP and now Lake Chautauqua. I think 1000 islands and Watkins Glen were our favorites. Lots to do from Watkins Glen. Water Falls, Wineries and lots of hiking. All within 10-40 minutes. If I had to pick single place with most to do it would be Watkins Glen.
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Traver City, MI has a nice campground right across from lake.Nice relaxing area. Michigan has a lot to offer. I wasn't impressed with Maciknaw Island, tourist trap. Currently been exploring New York Sate. Pretty cool state. We did Niagara Falls, 1000 Islands, Lake George, Watkins Glen, Letchworth SP and now Lake Chautauqua. I think 1000 islands and Watkins Glen were our favorites. Lots to do from Watkins Glen. Water Falls, Wineries and lots of hiking. All within 10-40 minutes. If I had to pick single place with most to do it would be Watkins Glen.
I'll be camping at Watkins Glen this weekend but not at the state park. We camp on the infield of the race track for NASCAR weekend; not exactly a quiet, peaceful setting!

I've never camped at the State Park but it looks beautiful. I've hiked the gorge--downhill, took a bus back to the top. It's really nice and a great place to take pictures.

I camped earlier in the month at Keuka Lake State Park. I like it there because I have a boat but you cannot see the lake from your campsite. The finger lakes are a really special place and it should be noted that in addition to wineries, they are getting into breweries--that got my interest; always need something to do on a rainy day!
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Lake Chautaugua KOA currently. Patio sites at rear of CG has a lake view. Huge private baths and showers. One of the nicest KOA's we've been too.

The Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen kicked my butt lol. Walked the whole thing and about 900 steps.
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North shore Lake Superior . Stunning scenery. Far better than the south shore which is nice enough.
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Traver City, MI has a nice campground right across from lake.Nice relaxing area. Michigan has a lot to offer. I wasn't impressed with Maciknaw Island, tourist trap. Currently been exploring New York Sate. Pretty cool state. We did Niagara Falls, 1000 Islands, Lake George, Watkins Glen, Letchworth SP and now Lake Chautauqua. I think 1000 islands and Watkins Glen were our favorites. Lots to do from Watkins Glen. Water Falls, Wineries and lots of hiking. All within 10-40 minutes. If I had to pick single place with most to do it would be Watkins Glen.
I just got back from a week in Traverse City State Park. Agreed that there is a lot to do! Also close to Empire, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and a 4 mile bike ride to Traverse City itself where there are many restaurants, cafes, breweries, and wine tasting. Close to Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, Sutton's Bay, Northport, and Petosky if you want to make a little drive. Lots of coastline to watch sunsets, and take tours on a sailing ship (we did a wine tasting tour catered by a local restaurant)...etc.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:57 PM   #9
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I have camped thru out Michigan my whole life ! Many great places to go and see! The Traverse city area is great old mission peninsula, leelanaw peninsula sleeping bear dunes and much much more same is true for the whole west and east coast of Michigan. Mackinaw city and island is are a mother great area and you need a week just for the upper peninsula. Could gone for ever ! Michigan state park campgrounds are outstanding but most are electric only!
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As a life long Michigander our Upper Peninsula offers some breath taking scenery, wonderful sites and historic attractions.

Fayette State Park, and old iron smelting town
Kitch-Iti-Kipi
Fort Wilkins State Park, Civil War era Military Fort
Lake of the Clouds
Just to name a few.
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