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10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Winter


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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
In winter, fewer people head to Pictured Rocks to enjoy the amazing lakeshore.
In winter, fewer people head to Pictured Rocks to enjoy the amazing lakeshore.
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Winter is actually one of the best times to visit Pictured Rocks. The National Lakeshore runs for more than 40 miles (64 kilometers) along Lake Superior, the largest and most pristine of the Great Lakes. Throngs head here in summer and fall to enjoy its impressive sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, lakes and the Grand Sable Dunes, a 5-square-mile (13-square-kilometer) area of unusual, overlapping dunes rising high above Lake Superior [source: National Park Service].

Yet in the winter, the crowds melt away, leaving the stunning lakeshore for those few who dare to come. You should be one of them. There's certainly plenty to do here: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice climbing, to name a few [source: National Park Service]. All campsites, however, are rustic. Make sure to keep your eyes open for the numerous animal tracks that are easy to spot come winter.