With stunning lakes and mountains, abundant art and culture, and a robust sense of identity, Wisconsin is the perfect place for a vacation, whether you love the city or the country. We’ve assembled some of the most interesting and impressive things to do in the state.
On the banks of Cedar Creek, in the southeastern part of the state, lies this charming historical town. Its old-style streets are like something out of a movie, and you can visit a preserved grist mill, a covered bridge and a winery, among other attractions. A great town to simply wander around for a day, Cedarburg is always throwing a festival for one holiday or another; recent events include the Strawberry Festival and the Winter Festival. They don’t make towns like this any more.
Located off the Wisconsin coast in Lake Superior, the 21 Apostle Islands are made of red sandstone and were created by melted glaciers eroding the land, leaving many strange and wondrous natural rock formations behind. With plenty of historic lighthouses, sea caves, forests and of course the lake itself to explore, visitors to the Apostle Islands will never be bored. You can fish, rent a boat, kayak between islands and even scuba-dive to see shipwrecks here.
A national scenic driving route, the Wisconsin Great River Road is 250mi (402km) long and takes in 33 cities along the way. Whether you’re a nature lover, fishing enthusiast or art and culture junkie, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained as you drive. The gorgeous scenery along this route is constantly entreating you to stop and look around – and there are plenty of hikes and camping spots along the way. Lakes and rivers accompany you the entire way – and don’t forget to check out the wineries too.