My parents were teachers so most of our summers were spent traveling around Michigan with our Coleman pop-up camper. We would camp for weeks at a time in the most rustic of places. We saw beautiful scenery and learned about nature and wildlife.
Camping brought my family closer together. We took nature walks together and swam in the Great Lakes together.
The best part was sitting around a campfire every night. We roasted marshmallows, made s’mores, told stories, and shared quiet time around a roaring campfire.
Rustic Northern Michigan Locations
Camping can give you access to some of the most spectacular landscapes. You can camp next to a beautiful beach or in a canopy of lush forest.
I prefer to camp in northern Michigan – lower and upper peninsulas – where I can be close to water. You’re never far from water in Michigan.
Camping is Not Expensive
Camping is extremely affordable, depending on the campground you choose. State parks have gotten a little pricier, depending on location and popularity, but camping is still cheaper than a hotel. Your biggest expense will probably be food.
My favorite camping spots are completely free, but they do lack any kind of amenity or service. Some people aren’t ready for that kind of camping.
Peace and Tranquility
If you find the right place, camping is peaceful. You could hear bird chirping, owls hooting, and waves lapping at the shore. I’ve camped in the Upper Peninsula where wolves were howling nearby and coyote were yipping while on a hunt.
Give camping a try. You might discover how magical it really can be.
Not ready to tent camp? Try renting a luxury RV!