Camping and Michigan simply go hand in hand. Not only residents of the Great Lakes State but visitors from around the country flock to Michigan each year for some of the world's finest most picturesque camping spots. True there are hundreds of campgrounds to choose from, but one has stood out as the best in the entire country.

Condé Nast Traveler sought out the most amazing places across the country for those who love sleeping under the stars and being immersed in nature. They put together a list of the best places to set up camp and take it all in. Their team focused on looking for those camping gems that were both affordable and accessible and sat within the national or state parks system.

A well-known camping spot in northern Michigan beat out every single other camping site in the entire state for the number one spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Even the name sounds like pure tranquility...Twelvemile Beach Campground, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here's what CNTraveler.com had to say about one of the most beautiful places in Michigan;

"Few campgrounds at Pictured Rocks come with a lake view, which makes Twelvemile Beach all the more desirable. Pitch a tent among stands of white birch and gaze out at the deep blue vastness of Lake Superior. And don’t miss kayaking around the park’s namesake rock formations—rentals and tours are available in nearby Munising."

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According to the campsite website, there are 36 sites including 2 universally accessible sites. Twelvemile Beach has water, pit toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, an interpretive amphitheater, and of course breathtaking views.

You may want to book early to make sure you can spend some time at the best campground in Michigan this season. Get more information here.  If you're looking to take your adventure on the road, check out the full list of Best Places to Camp in Every State by clicking here. 

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Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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$8.5 Million Log Cabin Island Retreat in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

No, it's not Montana or even the set of "Yellowstone". This breathtaking million-dollar retreat is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near the Wisconsin border and is everything a nature lover has dreamt of. With its 16 acres of wilderness and lakeside beauty, any fisherman or someone looking to escape from it all would simply love it. Over 10,000 square feet of space with 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, this log home Island family retreat on the famous Cisco Chain of Lakes is meant for large family get-togethers and big gatherings.
Take a look at what tranquility and heaven on earth really look like.

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