by Bennett Young
Wisconsin holds a reputation that includes everything from the flat landscape and frequent farms, to the Green Bay Packers and overwhelming cheese consumption. And, although Wisconsin does have phenomenal cheese, it has much more to offer that is overlooked far too often. What people don’t know is that Wisconsin is home to some of the most unique travel destinations in the country making it perfect for a summer road trip. Don’t believe it? Here are a few of the most unique destinations you have to check out, and hopefully add to your upcoming travel list. But before you head out, help get your car ready to explore it all with an appointment at Tires Plus. You can even schedule an appointment online!
Lake Michigan Coast
Lake Michigan borders nearly the entire east side of Wisconsin and happens to be one of the largest lakes in the world. Travel up I-43 to experience some of the most beautiful landscapes along the Lake Michigan coast, including Harrington Beach, Kohler-Andrae and Point Beach State Parks. The sandy dunes and the crashing waves give off an ocean-like vibe. If you’re lucky, you might even get the opportunity to catch some waves yourself on a windy day. Yes, you can surf in Wisconsin!
Lake Superior Coast
Wisconsin is bordered by not one, but two of the largest lakes in the entire world – one being Lake Michigan, the other being Lake Superior to the north. Although Lake Superior features less beachy vibes, the rugged coast is home to some of the most incredible rock features you’ve ever seen. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore off Bayfield, Wisconsin offers many kayak tours that lead you through ancient caves. The rough water makes for even better surf than Lake Michigan, but we sure to wear a wetsuit – the water is freezing.
Mississippi River & The Driftless Area
The Southwest corner of Wisconsin features scenic bluffs and winding roads on the way to the Mississippi River, known as the beautiful Driftless area. The Driftless area is a historic farming region with wide open green pastures, dirt roads and lush forests. The Kickapoo River also offers some of the best trout fishing in the state. Heading further west, you’ll be met by increasingly large bluffs until you run into the mighty Mississippi River, our nation’s longest river. Wisconsin is lucky enough to get a large piece of it, bordering the near entirety of the state. The beautiful small towns situated along the banks always feel like home.
There aren’t enough good things to be said about Door County and all it offers. Door County is considered the most beautiful part of the state by many, and features incredible wineries, quaint towns and scenic state parks along the northern coast of Lake Michigan. Be sure to stop at Peninsula, Whitefish Dunes and Newport State Parks. Also be sure to make a stop at Highway 42, one of the curviest roads you’ve ever seen. Fall is the best season to visit Door County thanks to the combination of colorful leaves and coastal bluffs.
Vilas County expresses the true essence of what it’s like being a Wisconsinite and calling the northern Midwest “home”. Wisconsin has an abundance of beautiful lakes in the northern wilderness and they all make for the perfect weekend away in the summer. They even create opportunities for great fun in the winter. There’s no experience like fishing on a frozen lake or traveling through the pines by snowmobile. The locals will be happy to treat you to a Friday fish fry or invite you to a signature supper club. Vilas County is home to some of the best fishing in the state, so sit back and relax by the campfire for an evening fish fry.
Although Wisconsin offers much more than cheese, it would be wrong not mention how irresistible the local cheese curds are. If you get the chance, grab a bag from almost any gas station. You can count on quality cheese curds from any place in the state. Also remember that a Friday fish fry means every single Friday at relatively every restaurant you can find.
Although less adventurous, it’s also worth noting that a trip to Madison or Milwaukee is always worth it – both have proud Wisconsin culture and are a large part of making this great state what it is.