Every year my travel squad hits the road. Last year we took a spontaneous trip to California. The year before we traveled down to Chicago for a concert (which I also did the two previous summers in a row). This summer, we crossed five states to go camping at Lake Michigan.
I’ve never tented before in my life (backyards don’t count). So we found an exciting place to explore and traveled almost 10 hours one-way for Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan. The park was stunning, the sand dunes were beautiful, and the beach’s blue-green water resembled Florida.
Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails, and a dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake with spectacular views. The park provides 1,952 acres of recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan. It’s perfect for a Midwest beach vacation, especially for camping. It also only 1.5 hours from downtown Chicago.
We stayed two nights and enjoyed it all–the hiking, the beach, the camping. Tenting was adventurous. Warren Dunes’ campgrounds were well-kept, beautiful and spacious. We pitched two tents and had nightly bonfires. It was so fun spending the day at the beach and then coming back to the campsite at night for dinner and smores cooked over the fire. We saw dozens of fireflies, some deer and raccoons and all sorts of critters. Sleeping outside in such a remote and unknown place had my emotions somewhere between terrified yet thrilled. I definitely would do it again.
On our way home we stopped in Chicago for deep dish pizza and sightseeing. We ate at Giordano’s, saw the bean in Millennium Park (also known as the Cloud Gate) and walked alongside the water. It was a beautiful day and such a fun road trip that went by quickly.
We passed through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and lastly, returned to Minnesota. Our time was full of laughs, good music, Redbull (lots of Redbull), late night walks, and so much more. If you ever find yourself near Michigan, you have to check out Warren Dunes State Park.
I can’t wait to see what kind of trip my travel squad comes up with next.
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