Summer is the season for road trips, and there’s no better way to see the Midwest than packing up the RV and hitting the road. We’ve tracked down some of the best places to park your camper and explore nature. So put these five stops on your RV to-do list and start driving.
Head north from Chicago and you’ll find Wisconsin’s Kohler-Andrae State Park, where you can pull your RV into one of the 52 sites equipped with an electrical hookup, campfire ring and picnic table. Restrooms, showers and laundry facilities are also on the premises. Spend the day on the sandy dune beaches of Lake Michigan, or hike the in-park trails.
Located southwest of Chicago, this park features 425 million-year-old rock formations and plenty of nature trails to keep you busy. Other attractions include 18 canyons formed by glacial meltwater and stream erosion as well as the roaring Illinois River. Starved Rock’s campground has 129 Class A Premium campsites equipped with electricity, grill pits and nearby toilets and showers.
Follow Lake Michigan south and you’ll hit Indiana Dunes State Park. This park’s backdrop is 2,000 acres of beautiful beach and sand dunes. It’s a quick RV drive, but you can spend days exploring the park. The campsites come equipped with electricity (all 50-amp service).
To get in a good drive, head to southern Illinois, between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, for a weekend in Shawnee National Forest. Here, you can pull your RV into an electrical site with showers nearby. Once parked, you can hike the rolling and rocky hills, canoe the park lakes and end the evening with a campfire and a nice night tucked in bed in your home on four wheels.
In northeast Illinois, you can find over six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline at Illinois Beach State Park. Here you can camp, swim, hike (over 5 miles of trails) and bike. The park is known for its beach. A campground in the southern unit provides 241 Class A Premium sites with electricity and access to showers and sanitary facilities.