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Far away from Detroit and Lansing, close to the tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you can book an RV in Houghton and discover a part of the country that not many people know about. The winters may be cold and snowy due to the lake effect, but summers in the area are an absolute dream.

Houghton is named for famed geologist and doctor, Douglass Houghton, who dedicated a large chunk of his life to exploring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the rich natural wonders it holds. The region’s legacy for mining copper dates back thousands of years, as natives saw the importance of mining for this valuable element. This industry would continue well into the 20th century, with a particularly high number of Cornish, Finnish, and French-Canadian immigrants moving to Houghton to work in the mining metallurgy industries.

There are many reasons to rent an RV in this lovely town. A variety of events like Strawberry Fest, Bridgefest, and Seafood Fest are held in town, contributing to its potent culture, and the natural beauty of the area is unparalleled in the Midwest.

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The Great Outdoors

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is full of glorious landscapes and pristine beaches on both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. When you have a camper rental in Houghton, you won't have to drive very far to get to one of the region’s best parks, forests, or beaches. Twin Lakes State Park is several miles south of Houghton on the shores of Lake Roland. When you take a ride to Twin Lakes, you can go swimming, fishing, or boating on the lake. Hiking is always an option too, with lots of trail circuits that double as snowmobiling and cross-country skiing trails in the winter. There are cabins and campgrounds for the Houghton campervan rental too.

If you want to take a trip to the beach, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park enables you to camp out in style by the water in your Houghton motorhome rental. This amazing park truly has it all, from pristine shores to high mountain vistas overlooking the water, and a diverse assortment of wildlife. Black bears are commonly seen near the lakes, and there are even skiing and snowboarding areas for use in the winter time.

You may not be able to bring your Houghton RV rental, but Isle Royale National Park is definitely worth a visit when you visit this region of Michigan. The island national park is accessible by boat, and one of the most remote places in the United States. The island is situated in the middle of Lake Superior quite close to the Canadian border. Not many visitors make the trek to this hidden gem of a park so you will likely have the splendid scenery all to yourself.

RV Parks

Houghton’s location in northern Michigan lends itself well to camping and the great outdoors, so naturally, there are lots of camping areas and RV parks to choose from when you rent an RV in town. There are places like Twin Lakes State Park that can host you in rustic camping areas, ensuring you are close to nature and surrounded by forests, lakes, and hiking trails.

The City of Houghton RV Park could also a nice place to stay, overlooking the lake with fire pits, picnic tables, spacious campsites, cable TV, wireless internet, and many more amenities to make you feel at home. It is conveniently located close to downtown Houghton, so everything you need is within walking distance.

Sunset Bay RV Resort & Campground is situated on the shores of Lake Superior and named for its fabulous sunsets. This lakefront campground boasts incredible breezes to keep you cool all summer long, along with a gift shop, a bathhouse, boating and fishing areas, and a whole lot of space to sit on the beach or swim.

City Attractions

This small city is the seat of the eponymous Houghton County, so quite a bit of history is left for you to wade through and learn about when you rent an RV in Houghton. Considering that it was once a copper industrial powerhouse, the Mineral Museum being located in Houghton is quite appropriate. There are incredible rock and mineral specimens on display, some dating back billions of years, often pulled from local mountain ranges, quarries, and mines. The museum is small but full of literal gems, some of which can purchased in the gift shop.

The Carnegie Museum is another institution worth checking out, housed in the old Carnegie Library. This charming museum covers the history of this complex little town, from its native origins to its pioneer mining town founding. The building itself is quite small but sports some lovely architecture which can be appreciated for its aesthetics.

Houghton is essentially the birthplace of hockey in the United States. The old John MacInnes Student Ice Arena is home to one of the first American hockey franchises in the National Hockey League, the Portage Lakers. The Michigan Tech team now calls it home, but there is lots of history to be found in this amazing old rink.

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