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Discover Chelsea, MI

Welcome to Chelsea, Michigan, a charming small historic town, just 15 miles west of Ann Arbor, the home of the University of Michigan. With downtown boutiques, antiques, picnic spots and restaurants, and some of the best tours of the area available, this gem of a place is in a great location to branch out and explore this part of Michigan and the upper Midwest. Take a stroll on a historic walking tour, or visit an organic farm. Check out actor Jeff Daniels’ acclaimed Purple Rose Theatre Company, or enjoy a guided nature walk at the Eddy Discovery Center. You’ll see it all, from maple syrup processors to the beautiful sandhill crane migration tours. Spend a day, weekend, or week, and book an RV in Chelsea, MI, today.

Sites and Scenery

Chelsea is right in the middle of beautiful lake areas, offering all the recreational activities you can think of. First on most visitors’ lists is the Chelsea State Game Area, just a couple miles northeast of town. Situated around Fourmile Lake, you can camp and fish alongside bald eagles, or paddle out with a kayak or canoe. There are shower and restroom facilities, so you can really enjoy yourself here with the Chelsea rental RV.

Another local favorite is the Waterloo State Recreation Area, just a few miles northwest of Chelsea. Here you can enjoy campgrounds, pristine beaches, fishing and picnic sites, and an impressive 47 miles of multi-use trails, including some that are perfect for horseback riding. This recreation area is a great place to take your kids, even the four-legged variety, who are welcome at this park.

Within the trails at Waterloo State Recreation Area is a wonderful hiking trail, the Waterloo-Pinckney Hiking Trail. This trail connects the Waterloo park with the Pinckney Recreation Area. This is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon or early morning, exploring the great outdoors. There are pathway bridges, and interpretive signs, so you can really get to know this special place. It’s also a perfect place for a fall hike when the leaves turn to their vibrant autumn colors.

The Pinckney Recreation Area is an angler’s paradise, with several fishing lakes. Plus there are hiking and biking trails, along with campsites and lake beaches. The over 11,000-acre size means you can really get away from all, and find a “hidden” lake tucked away, deep in the woods. The trails are shared with bikes, and very popular in the fall for the beautifully colored leaves.

Twenty miles southeast, and an easy drive in your Chelsea rental camper is the shore of Lake Erie, and Pointe Mouillee State Game Area. Here you can see river bayous and wetland environments, with great hiking and hunting opportunities. This is really a hidden gem, as it also is a great place to explore the coastline via an extensive trail system.

Lake Erie itself is worth a stop. There are dozens of great places to stop and explore, with full-service marinas and harbors in and around Monroe, LaSalle, and Erie. You can either bring your own boat, or charter a boat for deep lake fishing or sailing. Kayaking is popular here, as well as stand up paddleboards. This paradise is a virtual playground for any and all water sports like water skiing and swimming. For quiet enjoyment, there are pretty beaches, nature trails and many picnic spots.

City Sites

Adorable downtown Chelsea has so much to offer, and a great way to learn what is here is to take the Sculpture Walk. Here you can see 12 large works of art, meandering through and across the charming downtown area. You can pick up a map of the Sculpture Walk at various locations, and sites of sculptures are marked with a big “S.”

The walk takes you through shopping and dining districts, the Chelsea District Library (voted one of the best small library systems in the country), the Purple Rose Theatre, and the famous Jiffy Mix factory.

In nearby Ann Arbor, make sure to bring the kids to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, which specializes in fun and interactive exhibits and displays with the goal of helping kids of all ages discover the scientist within. This colorful, four-story space invites kids to play and learn through over 250 science-focused exhibits.

The University of Michigan Museum of Art boasts one of the finest collections around, including works by Monet, Picasso and Pollock. Spacious and beautiful galleries house this collection of permanent and rotating artworks that span many centuries and cultures. Best of all free admission, but donations are always appreciated and accepted. It’s easy to find parking for your Chelsea RV rental, and there’s a small parking garage nearby, too, if you have a smaller rig.

You’ll love the Potter Park Zoo, in nearby Lansing, Michigan. The oldest public zoo in Michigan, this wonderful place is home to more than 150 species of animals and specializes in endangered or threatened species such as Amur tigers, snow leopards, red pandas, bongos and much more. The mission of the Potter Park Zoo is to inspire people to conserve the habitats of animals all over the world. Make sure to explore the Bird and Reptile House, the Discovery and Education Center, and a local favorite, Wings from Down Under.

Where to Park It

There are plenty of places to hang out in your Chelsea rental motorhome, from the state recreation and game areas, to beach parks, and RV parks that are located throughout the county. You can find primitive camping spots, or amenity-rich offerings with golf courses, lodges, restaurants and more. Walmart Supercenters are located within a 20-30 mile radius of town, offering convenient overnight parking options for the Chelsea camper rental.


In addition to great food offerings, from classic American to international flavors, this part of Michigan is also known for its growing craft beer and distillery industry. Check out any myriad of tours and tastings. The Chelsea Farmers Market is open all year round. In season, it takes place downtown on Saturday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons. In the winter, you can catch the farmers market at the Washington Street Center, on Saturday mornings. Look for locally produced maple syrup, grass-fed beef, naturally raised eggs, locally grown produce, handmade soaps and lotions, and much, much more.

You will fall in love with the beautiful part of the state of Michigan, so start planning and search for an RV rental in Chelsea, MI.

RV Rentals in Chelsea, MI

Chelsea, MI is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Chelsea. Outdoorsy's Chelsea RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Chelsea are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Pinckney Recreation Area, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, and Highland Recreation Area.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Brighton Recreation Area Loop Trails Brighton Michigan
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Trail White Lake Michigan
Potawatomi Trail Unadilla Township Michigan
Bird Hills Trail Ann Arbor Michigan
Novi North Park (Tree Farm) Trail Novi Michigan
Stony Creek Metropark Trails Washington Michigan
Crooked Lake Trail Pinckney Michigan
Blue and Yellow Trail Loop Brighton Michigan
Highland Recreation Area Highland Michigan
Maybury Singletrack Trail Northville Michigan

Nearby Dumpstations

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Rest Area SB Davisburg, MI 48350
Southbound, 25 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB Davisburg, MI 48350
Northbound, 25 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

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Rest Area WB Belleville, MI 48111
Westbound, 30 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Handicap (R)

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Rest Area EB Chelsea, MI 48118
Eastbound, 37 truck parking spaces, Restrooms (R)

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Rest Area SB Carleton, MI 48117
Southbound, 30 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Handicap (R)

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Rest Area NB Fenton, MI 48430
Northbound, 25 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area SB Clarkston, MI 48348
Southbound, 30 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB Canton, MI 48188
Northbound, 30 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area EB Eagle, MI 48822
Eastbound, 25 truck parking spaces, Construction until July 2011, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

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Rest Area SB Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Southbound, 35 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Nearby Campgrounds

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

attraction Ann Arbor, MI
A place for children of all ages and for adults who want to learn and explore. There are exhibitions such as Critters up Close, 3D printing up close, where you can interact with a 3D town. You can explore over 250 exhibitions that allow you to learn about math, science, technology, engineering and art.

University of Michigan

attraction Ann Arbor, MI
The oldest University in Michigan, with over 34 million square feet to roam. You can enjoy a game at the stadium, have a bite at one of the many great restaurants or have a drink. Visit the law school to see some great architecture, there are several museums throughout campus, and many historic buildings.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

attraction Ann Arbor, MI
A 10,000 square-foot conservatory with many walking trails, outdoor and indoor display gardens that showcase Tudor styles, 100 native wild plants, tropical plants, labyrinths, restored prairies and more. Enjoy the hands on learning opportunities and other events.

Pinckney Recreation Area

campground Pinckney, MI
Pinckney Recreation Area is a paradise for backpackers, mountain bikers, anglers and other recreation enthusiasts. Pinckney is known for its extensive trail system and chain of excellent fishing lakes. Over forty miles of multi-use trail with remote campsites afford a backcountry experience. The area also includes a designated camping area perfect for your RV rental trip at Bruin Lake Campgorund.

Wayne County Fairgrounds and RV Park

campground Taylor, MI
The Wayne County Fairgrounds & RV Park in Taylor, Michigan, is very conveniently located for exploring the greater Detroit and Dearborn areas, and is probably the closest campground to Detroit and its western suburbs. Just a short hop from the interstate, the park offers gravel roads that lead to level pull throughs and grass back-in sites with full hookups and good Verizon signal, in a pet friendly environment. The absence of trees allows for great satellite reception, and free wifi is available. Although the park is really quiet, it is not so much a destination campground as there is no pool or playground, but it serves really well for events and rallies because of the ideal proximity to many facilities, and the Detroit Metro area in general. Some of the nearby attractions include the Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum, IMAX Theater, Belleville Lake, Huron Clinton Metro Parks, Yankee Air Museum, Detroit Zoo, and the Detroit Metro Airport.

Haas Lake Park Campground

campground Lyon Charter Township, MI
Discover your family again at this family park. With an onsite lake, game room and family fun your RV rental trip will be blast heaidng out to this destination. Close enough to get away but far enough to feel away.

Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area

campground Waterford Township, MI
Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area just outside of Troy, Michigan, has an up-north wilderness feel to it, even though it isn't far from the city. The campground is set back far enough from the road to feel like you really have left it all behind. Not all sites will suit a big rig, but many will. The park has a nice well-kept beach which is accessed via a hiking trail from the campground. Sites have electricity. The park has a playground, hiking trails, and also features some of Michigan's most popular mountain biking trails. These trails are best suited for experienced and intermediate bikers. Campground showers and washrooms are kept clean. Sites have concrete pads, and some are shaded with a woodsy feel while others are open and grassy. All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Sit on the pier and catch fish, or watch the airplanes cruise by overhead. Enjoy the sandy beach area, and cool off in the water. Pavilions in the park can be reserved for large group events.

Comerica Park

attraction Detroit, MI
Baseball fans will have a great time in this stadium watching the Detroit Tigers and other teams, but there?s something for everyone. A Ferris wheel, a large water fountain in center field that is synced to music, a pedestrian museum located on the main concourse.

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