Camping in the Midwest during spring break is a great option when the lakes and waterfalls melt and the animal’s flora and fauna emerge from their winter slumber. In addition to the vast expanses of cornfields, there is a glistening coastline on the Great Lakes, lush woodland, and a plethora of campsites where RVers may park and take in the sights and sounds of the region. Many campgrounds compete for your attention in the Midwest, which is why we’ve assembled a list of the top RV excursions in the Midwest to help you choose the ones that are most worthwhile of your time.

7 Best RV Trips In Midwest

Badlands To Black Hills in South Dakota

Badlands To Black Hills in South Dakota

The colorful peaks and wide volcanic rock terrain of the Badlands give it a surreal atmosphere. Slow down and enjoy the 40-mile scenic byway (SD 240), especially around nighttime when the national park transforms into molten gold and dusty pink. From here, go to Rapid City for an overnight before visiting the Black Hills National Forest the next day. Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial are among the must-see attractions in this 1.2 million-acre area. Bear Butte State Park, located north of Sturgis, is a great area to trek and a holy site for Native Americans.

Milwaukee To Wisconsin Dells in Wisconsin

Begin your adventure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s brewing capital, where you can see the MillerCoors Brewery and the Pabst Mansion, which was formerly the home of Pabst Brewing founder Captain Frederick Pabst in the 19th century. The Waterpark Capital of the World is just three hours northwest, and is the ideal family-friendly escape. America’s biggest outdoor water park (Noah’s Ark), America’s largest resort water park (Wilderness Waterpark Resort), and America’s largest wave pool (also at Wilderness Waterpark Resort) are all located in the Wisconsin Dells. The area’s outdoor activities make it a great place to visit in the fall and spring. Make sure to stop by the Wisconsin Deer Park, where kids may feed Wasa crackers to roaming deer, which is a lot of fun. 

Ludington State Park in Michigan

Ludington State Park Beach

Between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, is Ludington State Park, an exquisite place for hiking and camping. There are amazing views which include beachfront along both bodies of water, sand dunes and marshes, as well as woodland, and a 112-foot lighthouse that can be reached through a hiking trail. There are three campsites in the park, each providing tent and RV sites as well as power connections. By day, there is an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities: hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are all popular activities.

Grand Marais RV Park and Campground in Minnesota

Grand Marais Campground & Marina

Grand Marais Campground on Minnesota’s North Shore is an RV park with spectacular views in all directions. On one side, the campground is bounded by the Grand Marais Harbor, while on the other, it is surrounded by Lake Superior. There are about 300 sites available, some with full connections and others with only water and electricity hookups. There are also primitive campsites accessible, which offer great lake views as well as added isolation due to their location in the woods.

Starved Rock State Park in Illinois

Starved Rock State Park in Illinois

Towering trees encircle Starved Rock State Park on all sides, casting their shadows down towards the foot of the forest to provide shade for the wildlife. Visitors may explore the waterfalls that have melted during the winter and calmed after the stormy season in the spring and after the heavy rains. The Illinois River in the park is also suitable for fishing, ice fishing, and boating, and it provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. In the winter, cross-country skiing is permitted, and ice climbing is authorized under safe conditions by park officials.

The whole morphology of the canyons is made up of sandstone cliffs shaped by glacier meltdowns. The spectacular landscape around the walls has resulted from erosion, providing a magnificent view. On the grounds of the state park, Starved Rock Lodge offers log cottages with authentic knotty pine woodwork. Inside, you may chill off after a day in the canyons by relaxing in your hotel room, swimming in the pool, or refreshing yourself in the sauna. A spacious campsite with over a hundred premium sites with partial and full hookups, barbeque pits, and open places to pitch tents is also available.

Platte River in Nebraska

The Platte River is a broad, shallow creek with a marshy bottom that runs around multiple islands for the majority of its course. The stream’s path is frequently compared to a braid. Sandhill cranes and other species use the surrounding region as home during certain seasons, making it an ideal nesting spot for birdwatchers. They have viewing blinds carefully positioned along the Platte River for people to see the cranes roost. This place, known as Rowe Sanctuary, also contains hiking paths, a gift store, and a visitor center with beautiful architecture. After a day of visiting southern Nebraska, relax in the RV site at Mormon Island State Recreation Area. It retained its original name, which stems from its past as a first winter layover for Mormon immigrants moving west of the nation. This area of Alaska’s Chain of Lakes is open all year and has amenities including power and water connections, a bathhouse, and a laundry. Boating, kayaking, fishing, picnics, stargazing, hiking, and swimming are all available on site.

Indiana Dunes State Park in Indiana

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana may not seem like a place where sand dunes would exist, but here is a bit of Midwest paradise. With a large, sandy beach that borders the southern shore of Lake Michigan, postcard-worthy sunsets, and hiking paths that provide spectacular views of the Chicago cityscape, the park is a must-see destination for every RV enthusiast. 

Whether it’s a week-long adventure or a fast day trip to a nearby state park, the Midwest has plenty to offer everyone from outdoor aficionados to backyard explorers and everything in between. Because of the numerous picturesque roads, scenery, and activities that the Midwest has to offer, you will certainly have a great time on your RV journey.