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Four Seasons of Michigan Beauty

The majesty of upper Michigan in the fallMid September-Early October: For spectacular scenery, take this color tour of the Western UP. Starting in Wakefield, go east along US 2 then head north on US 45 to Ontonagon. Here you can take M-64 west along the shore of Lake Superior. In Sliver City, take M-64 south to Lake Gogebic. After a brief stint on M-28 you'll be back on M-64. Head south to US-2 and go west back to Wakefield. Detour: From Silver City, take M-107 west to the Porcupine Mountains.

Late September-Mid October: Climb aboard the AuSable River Queen for a unique fall color experience. This double-decker river boat is an authentic paddle wheel, the only one of its kind in the north. The two hour cruise down the AuSable River provides breathtaking fall scenery along the river banks.

Late October: Start in Bay City and head east along M-25 to Harbor Beach for some gorgeous fall colors along Lake Huron. Great places along the route for photo ops include Bay City Recreation Area & Visitors Center, Albert E. Sleeper and Port Crescent State Parks, Point Aux Barques Lighthouse and the Harbor Beach Light. Pack a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day.

Tailgating guide

We Michiganders love our sports team—not just the game, but the fun of a good tailgate! An RV takes tailgating to a whole new level. There's no need to worry College kids tailgating in an RVabout the ice in your cooler melting or finding a place to heat up your snacks. You'll have a roof over your head in rain or shine, and you'll never again stand in line to use a public restroom!

If your team is known for attracting huge tailgate crowds, it's best to make reservations at a nearby campground for your overnight stay. Chances are RV sites will be more plentiful than hotel rooms on the big game weekend.

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Follow us on Pinterest for camping recipes, activities, and great Michigan travel ideas. You can also get involved with our Pinterest Pinterest page by pinning on the MARVAC “We Love Camping!” community board.

Like, follow, share and pin with MARVAC anywhere you travel. Share your stories and love of the outdoors with other members, and join a community of like-minded RVers and campers from across the state of Michigan.

Shopping for the perfect RV?
Here are a few tips to get you started

Finances: Knowing your price range is a great way to start your RV research. Deciding on whether to finance or pay cash will help you determine how much you can afford to spend on your new RV. Keep in mind that options and extras will increase the price, so leave yourself a cushion for items you think you may want to add.

Family size: Consider how many family members, including pets, will be traveling in your new RV. Make sure that you have enough beds and seating to accommodate everyone, and room for items that each family member may bring.

Storage: Not enough storage can leave everyone feeling cramped and uncomfortable. Determine how much cabinet and storage space you have to accommodate items such as bikes, grills, tool box, camp chairs, etc. Many RVs have exterior "basement" storage areas for bulky or oversized items, leaving the inside free for clothes, toiletries, housewares and other items you may need to access more quickly.

Introducing kids to hiking

Hiking is one of the easiest ways you and your kids can get out and enjoy the great outdoors while you are RVing. You'll see trees and flowers, meadows and streams, and maybe even wild animals and birds. Your child will get an early grounding in the fun of walkingKids hiking down a woodland trail, observing the natural world. If your child can walk for 20 minutes, you're ready to go hiking!

Getting started
Just pick a trail, throw on your tennis shoes, and go for a short little walk. That's your first hike, and it's the way you should hike (in very small doses) until you're both ready for more. Hikes should be fun, not exhausting, so be sure to take a watch with you and keep an eye on your time, making sure you turn around while you both still have plenty of energy. A 15-minute hike is a great way to start (or even shorter, if your child is small).
Plan to visit an upcoming

Detroit Camper & RV Show

February 4-8, 2015
Novi, Mich.

Battle Creek Camper & RV Show

February 19-22, 2015
Battle Creek, Mich.

Flint Camper & RV Show

March 19-22, 2015
Flint, Mich.

Northwest Michigan Camper & RV Show

March 27-29, 2015
Traverse City, Mich.

Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show

October, 2015
Novi, Mich.

FAQs on RVs and RV Travel

Web video by MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer, answers some frequently asked questions about RVs and RV travel.

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