Sitting on the shores of not one but two great lakes – Michigan and Superior – Wisconsin is all about beautiful coastlines, untouched landscapes and historic settings. If taking a grand tour of this midwestern state isn’t feasible, we’ve lined up the top 10 you won’t want to miss.
Experience how truly tranquil nature can be within the Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. This ecosystem, created when a glacier melted thousands of years ago, is home to a vast amount of species. Its biodiversity includes more than 300 different species of birds, which is why it has been designated a Wetland of International Importance and a Globally Important Bird Area.
If you wish to vacation like a Wisconsinite, spend a weekend in what’s been dubbed the Cape Cod of the Midwest, Door County, the state’s eastern peninsula and its adjacent patches of island. While you’re here, try the fresh cherries if they’re in season – they’ll be the best you’ll ever taste. Explore the charming shops of Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay and Ephraim, or learn about maritime history by touring one of the lighthouses dotting the shores of Lake Michigan.
In 1939, quarry workers accidentally discovered an enormous limestone cave system filled with colorful mineral formations while removing rock in the hills of the Blue Mounds. Rumors of the cave spread quickly and thousands of visitors flocked to what is now called Cave of the Mounds, a National Natural Landmark. Take a guided tour of the 400m-year-old cave system to see the mystical beauty beneath Wisconsin’s surface.
There are no excuses for being bored in the Wisconsin Dells. Besides being the self-proclaimed water-park capital of the world, there are opportunities to go on Duck tours – when you take an amphibious vehicle on a ride through the pretty Wisconsin river and Dell Creek – as well as spectacular cross-country ski trails, horseback rides through the countryside, zipline tours and plenty more. Prepare for an adrenaline rush as you look at natural Wisconsin from a more thrilling perspective.