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5 Midwest Travel Gems

Owning an RV is the greatest way to explore all of the natural beauty, unique architecture and diverse culture that exists throughout this magnificent world of ours. It’s a freedom unlike anything other, providing you and your loved ones with countless opportunities for learning and growth.

Still, after several years of traveling, it can be difficult to branch out and identify new roads you’ve yet to discover. That’s why the folks at Newmar are excited to share with you a series of blog articles, each one focusing on a different region in the U.S. or Canada.

Today, we’d like to tell you about our five favorite lesser-known locations in the Midwest, each representing some of the region’s best locales.

Grand Marais, Minnesota

A friendly harbor town that sits in between Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains, Grand Marais is the perfect place to find inspiration thanks to plenty of natural beauty and fantastic events held all summer long. With several parks to explore and fresh seafood to enjoy, it’s no wonder Grand Marais was named a Top 100 Adventure Town by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

Where to stay: Grand Marais Campground and Marina

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Indiana Dunes State Park – Chesterton, Indiana

There may not be a better way to enjoy the shores of Lake Michigan than with a trip to Indiana Dunes State Park. Although the park attracts millions of visitors each year, it is little known outside of the Midwest. Apart from the towering sand dunes and gorgeous beaches, Indiana Dunes State Park is a paradise for both hikers and cyclists, and offers numerous RV-ready campsites.

Where to stay: Indiana Dunes State Park Campground

Custer State Park – Custer, South Dakota

Named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, Custer State Park is South Dakota’s first and largest state park. Located in the heart of South Dakota’s famed Black Hills, Custer State Park is home to breathtaking granite spires, meadowlands and a herd of 1,300 bison – the largest publicly-owned bison herd in the world. Covering 71,000 majestic acres, Custer State Park was named one of The World’s Top 10 Wildlife Destinations by Fox News.

Where to stay: Blue Bell Campground

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – Bayfield, Wisconsin

Combining 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland, the Apostle Islands, also known as the Jewels of Lake Superior, are home to more lighthouses than any other National Park Service area. A haven for kayakers and hikers alike, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore features a wide array of must-sees, from beaches and scenic overlooks to historic logging camps and old farm sites.

Where to Stay: Apostle Islands Area Campground & RV Park

Maquoketa Caves State Park – Maquoketa, Iowa

Most travelers would never expect to find such an abundance of caves and other rock formations in an Iowa State Park, and that’s the beauty of the Maquoketa Caves. Comprised of formations that date back thousands of years, Maquoketa Caves State Park delivers an unexpected hiking experience, with trails for all ages and abilities.

Where to Stay: Maquoketa Caves State Park

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