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North Platte, Neb. to Sault Ste Marie, Mich - need route info


canyonier

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In mid-August we (my wife and I) will leave North Platte, Neb. and head for Sault Ste Marie, Mich. We are asking you route suggestions. Our main requirements are: No cities and as little traffic congestion as possible. Hopefully the routes will be scenic. We usually stay OFF THE INTERSTATES. Twisty mountain roads don’t bother me.
We tow a 30’ 5th-wheel. We have been to the Soo 3 or 4 times but have only traveled routes to/from N. Dakota and to/from southern Ohio. So, this time we’ll be coming from the southwest, and whatever route we take will be new to us.
We ask for your suggestions. Also, if you know of a good RV park or campground to stay along the route, please let us know. We are not into anything fancy or necessarily upscale. Some of our favorite campgrounds have been small-town city parks that have camping facilities. Those places usually aren’t listed in a campground directory.

Thanks in advance.

Glenn

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Here is a cut & past from my previous comment on your previous question.... :)

 

Looking ahead to Sault Ste Marie, Mich, one of the major route decisions you will have to make is traveling thru Wisconsin, or thru Michigan via Chicago. Both have pro's and con's. Michigan has a very pretty coastal road, US 31, that tracks along some beautiful Lake Michigan sandy shorelines, small towns, parks. The Mackinac Bridge connects the Southern Peninsula with the Northern Peninsula, very pretty but built in 1957 - Hence a very narrow 5-mile long transit. To go this route requires getting past Chicago using I-80... a stretch busier than most LA freeways. There may be routes that veer south of I-80, but we have discovered none yet that are suitable.

2gypsies mentioned US Hwy 2 going across Wisconsin and the Michigan Upper Peninsular... we took that route coming back from a Western States vacation over 15 years ago, and it was a very pleasant drive thru small town Wisconsin, and remote parts of Michigan. Something to definitely look at... and you avoid Chicago.

Jim

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I'm wondering if you are looking to get there fairly quickly, or do you want a route to see new things and new places and plan to spend time in route? If you have not been there, I suggest diverting to Spring Green, WI and spending a couple of days visiting the House on the Rock. Another stop worth some time is the air museum at Oshkosh.

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Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Bay on the UP. Visitors center in Duluth. Takonmin (SP?) Falls see both Upper and Lower.

You can get around Chicago by staying south. I forgot which interstate. Look at the map and its obvious. State park campgrounds in MN and MI charge a day use fee plus campground fee. Campground in the Soo has spots right on the river about two miles south of the locks for $25 per night last year.

Enjoy

Bill

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