2016 Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf
2016 Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf
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The town of McHenry sits 55 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop and 60 miles south of the culture-packed port city of Milwaukee, WI, in a classic suburban region close to the shores of Lake Michigan. When you book an RV in McHenry you can see the best that the Chicagoland region has to offer while avoiding the dense traffic and high prices that come with staying close to the city.
If you do decide to go into the city, the Union Pacific Northwest commuter rail line runs directly from the downtown McHenry to the Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Chicago Loop. The ride lasts about an hour and a half, about the same time it would take to drive there, and you won’t have to worry about parking or navigating the congestion with the McHenry RV rental.
Finding an outdoor adventure with your McHenry motorhome rental is easy, with several parks and recreation areas within easy driving distance. Moraine Hills State Park is only five miles from downtown McHenry and has miles of hiking trails that weave their way through several environments: prairie, wetlands, and riverfront open spaces. Volo Bog State Natural Area in nearby Ingleside is also quite popular and offers the chance to see some interesting flora and fauna around the bog, including insect-eating plants.
When you think of Northern Illinois, beaches probably aren’t first on your mind. However, Lake Michigan actually has some pretty great ones if you know where to look. Illinois Beach State Park is one of the closest to McHenry, about an hour’s drive to the east of town. The shores aren’t really made for lounging though, with most of them consisting of loose gravel. If you’re looking for swimming and kayaking though, it’s wonderful. For beautiful powdery sands, you’ll want to take a trip to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. With miles of hiking trails through the fluffy dunes, you’ll feel like you’re on the California coast with your McHenry camper rental.
Being on the edge of the Chicago, McHenry has quite a few RV parks that are within easy driving distance of the city. Grass Lake Marina and RV Park is one of the places to park your RV rental near McHenry, with RV sites offered for nightly or long-term rentals. Sites have full hookups and the park even has a boat ramp for getting out on the lake.
Lehman’s Lakeside RV Resort is another option, about 30 miles to the southwest. It’s right off Interstate 90 and has full hookups, kayak rentals, coin-op laundry, a pond for swimming, and lots of planned activities during the summer. The Chicago Northwest KOA park is a few miles north of Lehman’s and has a pool open during the warmer months, a mini-golf course, and dog park.
The nearest Walmart is only a couple miles north of downtown McHenry on Highway 31. If you’re only staying a couple nights with your McHenry motorhome rental, the parking lot could be a good alternative to staying at one of the dedicated RV parks. Just be sure to confirm your stay ahead of time with store management. One of the nearest truck stops is a 30-minute drive away but could be a good place to fuel up your McHenry camper rental without the hassle that comes with maneuvering around at a smaller service station.
With Chicago only a 90-minute drive away, you’ll never be short of things to do when you rent an RV in McHenry. However, if you don’t feel like venturing south to the city, there’s plenty to do in McHenry itself. For some yummy, fresh produce head to the local farm market, which has pick-your-own-vegetable experiences at different times during the season. They also have concerts on the weekends during the summer.
If you’re into classic cars, you’ll need to make a stop at the Volo Auto Museum in nearby Volo. All manners of transportation are on display: cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and even some outboard motors. If you love engines, you’ll love this place. When you want to see a flick in McHenry, you have two choices, indoor or outdoor. During the warmer months, the outdoor theater is the place to be with its classic drive-in experience and new movies playing every two weeks. At other times of the year, you might prefer a warmer, indoor location. The downtown cinema has three auditoriums and plays both new releases and a number of classics.
For a pint of good ale, head straight to the brewery in town. This is the perfect place to relax and sample some local brews. No food is served there, but you can bring your own or order from nearby restaurants.