One of our favorite places to spend time is none other than our home state of Wisconsin. While it misses the bucket list of some, Wisconsin actually has a lot to offer. There are great attractions, vibrant cities and lively state parks for you to visit – and we’re not just saying that because we’re from there! We are going to show you why you should pack up the car this summer and head to Wisconsin for a one of a kind road trip.
Wisconsin is home to some great local art and culture scenes for you to explore, as well as microbreweries, museums, and many more things to do. And we may be a little biased, but there really is something for everyone to enjoy!
We think the best way to explore Wisconsin is on a road trip. But before hitting the road make sure to head to Tires Plus first to get your vehicle ready and up to date for any necessary services like an oil change, new tires and anything else you need to have a worry free trip.
While we always love seeking out new spots, There are always a few places we always come back to over and over again. To help you make the most of your time in our state, here are our top five favorite places to visit in Wisconsin.
1. Wisconsin Dells
One of the most popular places to vacation in the state, Wisconsin Dells is located just an hour north of Madison. With an abundance of incredible scenery in the form of its amazing rock formations, beautiful rivers and sprawling forests – it is an outdoor lover’s paradise!
While some people prefer to hike along the trails and paths that dot the scenic landscape, others prefer to take a cruise along the river, with ziplining and kayaking also popular activities. Although it can be hard to choose what to see and do, the Witches Gulch canyon and the larger than life Stand Rock are special spots to check out.
In addition to the natural beauty, Wisconsin Dells is a very family-friendly place to vacation too. The city is home to a huge number of water parks, so you’ll definitely want to bring your swimsuit with you! With indoor and outdoor water parks, plenty of mini-golf courses, spas, and shopping options available, the Dells is one of the best places to visit in Wisconsin, and you’ll certainly never get bored. And the fantastic natural beauty sets it apart from the rest and makes it a must-visit destination.
2. Door County
Known as ‘The Cape Cod of the Midwest’, Door County is a must visit with five gorgeous state parks and a plethora of charming towns and villages to explore. Located on a narrow peninsula that lies between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, there are lovely shorelines to hike, boat or kayak along.
Mid-May to mid-June is a particularly popular time of year to visit, as this is when you can see the pink and white cherry blossoms in bloom. The interior of the peninsula is covered in patches of white and pink. Door County has a very laid back feel to it with many quaint and historic towns and villages. However, it also hosts a thriving arts and culture scene with several interesting museums, art galleries and theaters to explore.
Offering the perfect combination of history, culture, and nature, you’ll fall in love with Door County the moment you arrive!
Almost surrounded by water, the town of Minocqua is located on the shores of a large lake that bears the same name. People flock here for the nearly endless array of great outdoor activities.
In summer, waterskiing, fishing and boating on the lake are all very popular, while hiking in the forests and camping beneath the stars are also fun to do. In wintertime, you can go cross-country skiing, as Minocqua turns into a winter wonderland. Ice-skating and snowmobiling are also very popular activities.
The state’s capital is perfectly set between two lakes and has a very trendy vibe. In addition to being the capital, Madison is also home to the state’s largest university which means there is always something fun happening in town. The centerpiece of the city is the regal Wisconsin State Capitol building. Popular restaurants, bars, and entertainment options line the capital grounds making it one of the best areas to visit and to stay while in Madison.
In addition to the entertainment options there is plenty of natural beauty here as well. Nature lovers will not be disappointed with a trip to Madison. Hop on a bike and explore the miles and miles of trails or jump in a boat or kayak on one of the many lakes in the area.
The largest city in the state, Milwaukee is the place to head if you want a good beer. It has lots of great breweries both big and small – and, at one time, it even produced the most beer in the world! Taking a brewery tour is a must, and you’ll definitely get lots of tasty samples to try out.
The city has much more to offer than just delicious brews though. There is a lively arts and culture scene for you to discover, with numerous interesting museums dotted around town. Among the best are the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum. Each of them offers interesting, informative and entertaining exhibits.
Downtown Milwaukee has lots of great bars, restaurants and no shortage of nightlife. There are also a number of concert venues and theaters if you feel like going to see a show while you are in town. Another memorable thing to do in Milwaukee is to go and watch the Brewers play a game and be sure to come early to take in a tailgate, Milwaukee style.
In addition to all this, Milwaukee is known for its amazing public park system. The fact that it is located on the shore of Lake Michigan means that there is a plethora of great outdoor activities for you to enjoy. All in all, Milwaukee is certainly one of our favorite places to visit in Wisconsin, offering up the perfect package of culture, nature and brews