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We are heading out on the road for 3 weeks in August with the camper. As it stands now our route isn't completely planned yet except for the first week.

We leave home here in Thunder bay Ontario on the north shore of lake superior and head towards sault ste marie Michigan where we'll cross into the states. Head down through Michigan and cross back into Canada in Detroit. Then spend a few days near Niagara falls before crossing into buffalo to start working our way back. We should be passing just north of Columbus Ohio heading towards Chicago. From there we'll start working our way back north towards Duluth Minnesota then onto Hibbing for the labor day racing shootout.

After we cross back into buffalo from Niagara falls we have no real plans. Any suggestions on must see attractions for a family with 5 kids? If I'm not mistaken a few members here might live close to that route?
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Years ago when we took our kids to see Niagara Falls we came back to Detroit via the Canadian side. QE Highway. Wow the cars flew on there. 80 and 90 MPH. Fun trip though.

From Niagara if heading to Chicago you'll probably go through North Ohio / Cleveland. You'll find the Cleveland Indians there if you want to take the kids to a ball game, and the Rock and Roll hall of Fame is there. It's also worth a visit. You play so I'd guess you would enjoy that.

I'm 3 hours from Cleveland and 2 hours from Columbus. I'd advise staying off I-70 if possible. Lots of trucks an rather busy. 5 kids and an RV for 3 weeks. You are a brave man. Wishing you a GREAT trip. Hope all goes well.
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If you do get near Columbus, with 5 kids I highly recommend the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It's huge and it's hard to see the whole thing in one day. Attached to there is a waterpark called Zoombezi Bay. The kids would love that.
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Yes the QE is crazy. Actually any highway in southern Ontario is crazy which is why we are crossing into Michigan to head down in order to avoid the cesspool of immigrants otherwise known as Toronto. We may end up there at some point but not hauling the camper.

It's the best way to travel with kids. All we need is a campsite to stay at and we're good. Imagine staying in a hotel every night and eating in restaurants for 3 weeks? Much more economical this way. I'd rather use as many back roads as possible.
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Google maps is your friend. It will help you decide on your route.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sa...!4d-84.3453169
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Yep. I plan on relying heavily on Google maps. One bonus about travelling in canada for me is that I get in any provincial park for 20 a night due to a new law that allows people who display a handicapped pass that opportunity.
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It would be cool if you could make it to Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and do a lighthouse tour. Lots of things to do there.
Can be a bit pricey though.
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We'll be going right through there on the third day. We actually plan on staying there that night. With my current condition about 3 hours driving is my max. So we have it kinda planned to drive the three hours to a campground. Stay there a couple days. Then continue on. From here to Niagara falls is about 17hrs. We plan to cover that in 5 days. The longest day should be 4hrs on the first day.
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We'll be going right through there on the third day. We actually plan on staying there that night. With my current condition about 3 hours driving is my max. So we have it kinda planned to drive the three hours to a campground. Stay there a couple days. Then continue on. From here to Niagara falls is about 17hrs. We plan to cover that in 5 days. The longest day should be 4hrs on the first day.
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I agree with PG. So many RVers turn traveling in to a test of endurance, like my S-I-L. Me??? I'm a 300 mile a day guy. I may go a few over to get to a campground I want to stay at but not many more and sometimes it's a lot less. RVing is supposed to be simple and relaxing, doodling along the road until you find someplace you want to park for the night ... or a few days. No schedule, no real timetable, ultimately flexible and just enjoy the experience.

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Yep. That's the mindframe we go by.
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So we're working on a travel plan for the trip. Looks like we'll be just north of Warren Ohio for a couple nights. Anything to do or see around there?
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Haven't ever been to Warren long enough to stop and see the sights, but this might help.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...rren_Ohio.html

National Packard Museum?
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Thanks. We're also looking at the Joliet area as a one night stop before working up to Wisconsin Dells. Of course, itd be great to meet up with a few members along the way if you're close by.
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We've been watching Facebook vicariously this week as my brother is doing the same trip with his (my old) camper aside from subtle differences such as the roads taken. They ended up at Niagara falls and crossed into the states via Detroit. We'll be doing Niagara falls then into the states there. They are doing Wisconsin dells. So are we. All this we planned more than a year ago without knowing their plans.
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Two weeks away and we've got quite a list of things to see and do while we're on the road. They include:

Neys provincial park for 2 nights
Sault locks in Sault Michigan.
Niagara falls
Marine land
Dirt track racing(a few nights)
Wisconsin dells for four nights
Labor day shootout at Hibbing raceway

We'll be covering a good chunk of Ontario and 8 different states all south of the great lakes. I've always wanted to do the great lakes tour one day ever since I was old enough to drive. It only took 25 yrs. Lol

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First leg of the journey. Only 230km from home. North shore of lake superior. Neys provincial park. Lots of BIG hills to climb but the Yukon held it's own despite fighting a strong sidewind the whole way.

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Brian ...check out "thehouseontherock.com" we stopped there after a visit to the dells and on the way to Mall of America. It is a collection of collections. Have a safe trip.
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So much for the beach today. It's pouring rain. We're in a weather watch. Calling for 20-40mm of rain today. But looking at the weather map we're smack dab in the middle of a major cell coming up from Minnesota and Wisconsin and it's hopefully breaking up coming across lake superior. It was supposed to start raining 2 hours ago. Instead it just started now.

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Since neys was a bust due to the weather we moved on. Stopped in wawa Ontario for a picture of the big Canada goose. Stopped in white river for a picture of Winnie the pooh. It's the recognized birthplace of Winnie. Now we're in Sault Michigan.

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