Here is our Top Ten list. It's totally subjective and based on the area, not just the campground.
10. Holland, Michigan
Our first stop in Michigan and a scenic one. We enjoyed the Dutch Village , and although we were too late for the tulip festival, the Windmill Island Gardens more than made up for it. And the sunsets were incredible.
The Apostle Islands were a beautiful addition to the grandeur that is Lake Superior. Having never seen the Great Lakes before, it was an awe-inspring sight to behold. Our private boat tour around the Islands was not anything I'm liable to forget!
Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City started with a wonderful campground - Traverse Bay RV Resort. It was truly a resort, with 12 ponds and beautifully landscaped campsites. The MIssion Point Lighthouse and the Sleeping Bear Dunes were an incredible sight to behold.
Of course, I'll never forget that Traverse City was where we got the Golf Cart stuck in the mud!
No top ten list would be complete without our stay in Manistique. Nestled on the banks of Lake Michigan, Manistique Lakeshore Campground is a City owned campground that was fantastic! We listened to the waves crashing onto the shore every evening we were there. The highlight of our stay there was the Pictured Rocks Cruise on Lake Michigan.
Door County, Wi is well known for its scenic drives and country beauty. It definitely did justice to the tales of beauty. Every corner we turned brought into view another scenic village. No trip through Door County is complete without a scenic drive on Hwy 42.
Our stay at Voyageurs Sunset Resort was completely different from anything we had enjoyed up to now. A fishing camp, the sites were just a piece of grass with some hookups. But what the resort lacked in resort ambiance, it more than made up for in getting back to basics. The entire week we were there, we had no cell phone or wifi signals.
But what we did have was a beautiful Ash River, leading out into the harbor. Twice, we took a small boat out for fishing. I caught my first fish, a walleye, and Dave caught several Pike. We were able to take the dogs with us and they enjoyed the water as much as we did. Rustic and homey, the Ash River will always hold a special place in our hearts. And it made Dave's bucket list, who wants to go back up and go ice fishing.
Orr will also stay in my heart for the wonderful Bear Refuge located there.
While Dickinson was not very scenic, it was the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Upon entering the NP, you feel like you've entered another world. Between the landscape and the Bison, TRNP was truly one of our favorite Parks!
Although towards the beginning of our Summer, our stay in Mackinaw was truly one of our favorites. Our campground, Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground, blessed us on our first night with a fireworks show over the Mighty Mackinaw Bridge.
We enjoyed many long drives through the immense campground. Our favorite day, though, was the day we went to Mackinaw Island. Good fortune smiled on us as we learned from our breakfast server a novel way to tour the Island. Instead of getting on the tourist trolleys pulled by horses, we went to a different livery and were able to rent our own horse and buggy. Dave was able to drive the horse and buggy around the entire island and it was so much more fun to do it by ourselves instead of with 50 other people. That server did get a big tip!
While the town itself was small, boasting only the infamous Wall Drug as its scenery, we fell in love with the Badlands National Park. We loved it so much, that we decided to attempt our first Boondocking trip. The scenery was incredible and I could have stayed there for days, on our ridge overlooking the beautiful Canyon. But we ended up going back a day early because the winds were too strong - way too strong. But I'll always have beautiful memories of our stay there and the possibilities of doing more Boondocking. Yes, that bug has bitten.
I can't say enough about the Custer area. We fell in love with it and would actually live there, if not for the winters. The area abounds in natural scenery as well as many tourist attractions. From Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse to Deadwood and Needles Highway, we stayed for two weeks and wanted to extend our stay another two months. What an end to a glorious summer! Sylvan Lake, the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop, the list is endless.
We spent many a day fishing in the Parks and once we landed in Black HIlls National Forest, we knew we had to see it up close. So, off we went to the local Ace Hardware, bought a tent, sleeping bags and other needed items and we spent two days camping in the Park. Dave will never forget eating his own fish he caught and I'll never forget watching the Chipmunks at play and relaxing in my own hammock. The Black HIlls Wild Horse Sanctuary and Bear Country USA were places I'll never forget.
Custer had its own charm. We celebrated our Anniversary at one of the Steakhouses in town, sitting on the Upper Deck and looking out at the mountains.
Custer was our favorite stop this season and we look forward to going back, sooner rather than later. If you've not been to the west side of South Dakota, then you're missing out on one of Nature's most beautiful scenes.