10 Best Places to Visit in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin (W-I-N-O-W-I-S-K-I) is the 23rd most populous state in the United States and the 10th most populous in North America. It’s located in the Midwest, and the region is known for its dairy farms and was the first state to produce beer commercially. Despite the size of Wisconsin, it has only one pro baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Wisconsin is also home to two pro football teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have a loyal following in the state and have a large fan base in Wisconsin. The state also has a football team in college football and is in the Big Ten Conference. The Green Bay Packers were invited to the first ever Super Bowl, which they won against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wisconsin has the following top 10 destinations for residents and tourists in Wisconsin:

Milwaukee – Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and sits along Lake Michigan. A lot of people know Milwaukee for its great beer and bratwurst. Milwaukee is also the home to the oldest German neighborhood in the United States, and the state’s largest Italian festival, as well as its annual Oktoberfest.

Pattison State Park

This park is tucked away on the northeastern shore of Lake Michigan in the Town of Cedarburg. Pattison is a family-friendly spot that’s surrounded by beautiful trees including maple, birch, beech and oak. Pattison offers a good variety of trails for hikers and bikers. You may also go by the Sunset Bay beach and lakefront on your boat, wilderness canoe or kayak.

Don't Miss: Guided Camping Programs for Families, Self-Guided Nature Trails and Self-Guided Orchard Loop Trail.

Cooking: Summertime visitors can sample Northwoods cooking at the park's new Visitor's Center. On the Ute Trail where the main park office is located, there are two picnic areas that feature charcoal grills and a pavilion. In the picnic areas you will find a few picnic tables, nine charcoal grills and a cooking center for hot dogs and chips.

Boating and Fishing: There are 10-boat-launching areas located across the lake. Some of the launch areas are at Sunset Bay, the Wisconsin River Shore Trail Camp, S.H. Bay, Campground, Upper Cedar Creek, Cable Park Recreation Area, Lower Cedar Creek, Burlington Bay and Oak Creek Point.

Cave of the Mounds

Lake Minocqua

There is so much to see around Wisconsin, but another great attraction to check out is Lake Minocqua. Known as the premier trout lake in Wisconsin, Lake Minocqua is a great place to experience a beautiful lake. The lake is bordered by State Forest with over 25 miles of planked walkways for visitors to explore. There are also over a hundred campsites on the lake itself, as well as plenty of other resources to make your vacation a fun one. Lake Minocqua is located about 20 miles south of Minocqua, Wisconsin. Getting there is easy, as it is only a four hour drive from Milwaukee to the lake.

Lake Minocqua is situated in a very scenic, hilly region, full of wildflowers in the summer and snowfall just in time for your holiday festivities in the winter. With a wide variety of outdoor sports and activities, Lake Minocqua is a great place to come for a family vacation. Camping, canoeing, swimming, and fishing are available in great abundance. There is a six acre lakefront park for picnicking and enjoying a summer concert.

Whatever your desired activities, make sure to put Lake Minocqua on your short list of Wisconsin destinations. This is a moderately priced destination that offers a little bit of everything.

Check out some fun things to do in Lake Minocqua, Wisconsin.

Geneva Lake Shore Path

The Lake Geneva shore path (or sometimes called the Geneva Lake Shore Path) is a flat, paved bicycle path that runs along the lake Geneva from Geneva Beach to Walker’s Point Park. It’s the perfect path to bike for a day if you don’t want to carry it all the way home. A big reward to the effort is that you get a great view of the lake from high above.

The path is roughly five miles long and goes through a few residential areas. Part of the path leads through Dickson Park.

Parking is available off Sunset Blvd.

Wisconsin Dells

Madison

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The city is a great example of the Midwestern work ethic. It’s progressive and exciting while maintaining a focus on tradition and history.

Public transit is used in an effort to curb the city’s high car dependency. No matter where you’re going, transit options include the bus, community transportation, jitneys, and bicycles.

Madison also encourages bicycle use. Bicycle racks are frequently available in the downtown core and at the airport. Both the Downtown Action Plan and the Madison Area Bicycling Plan have implemented strategic actions to reduce the amount of space taken up by automobiles and increase the amount of green space available to pedestrians and bicyclists.

With tons of great restaurants to choose from and great sports and entertainment options, the city is a great place to live.

Work out at the Capitol and show off your muscles to governors and congressmen.

It’s a great place to live and offers many great things to see and do.

Door County

Wisconsin: Show this Wisconsin county a map of the world, and it will represent North America. With a population of just under 30,000, it is home to around 1 million acres of national forest and more than 90 unpampered Lake Michigan beaches. Close to the Chicago metroplex, Door County promises more than sandy shores. In fact, the county's historic resorts, include Marmion, one of the finest seaside havens in the U.S.

The county, which has become synonymous with the New England look, is known for artists, artists, and more artists. Founded in 1842, the Door County Art Museum consists of two fishing lodges from the county's earliest days. Other artists love the county as well. Frederic Remington lived part-time in the county, in a house on the cliffs of Sturgeon Bay. Agnes Pelton made many of her beloved sculptures here.

For walking, hiking and camping, the county is a paradise. Take the voyage down the Peninsula State Trail, which begins in Sister Bay and explores the peninsula's woodlands and the wilderness of Sturgeon Bay's inlets and bays.

Apostle Islands

Apostle Islands State Park is full of wild scenery and history. Located on Lake Superior, Apostle Islands State Park is open year-round for camping, fall fishing, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, ice fishing, and more. Like the rest of the Apostle Islands, the park is a popular tourist destination. One of the best ways to explore the park is by boat.

The Apostle Islands are known for their rugged cliffs and jagged rock formations. As a result, it is a popular site for cliff jumping. The park has a number of different cliff jumping options, depending on your height.

With a rugged landscape, Apostle Islands State Park is also a popular destination for hikers. The hiking trails are well marked and seldom crowded. The North Shore History Trail helps hikers see the notches that have been carved into the rock by the waves over the past 13,000 years. Visitors can also reach the history via the South Shore Trail, which climbs to the top of a ridgeline.

Though the park may be less crowded during the off-season, it can face heavy use in the summer months. If you intend to visit the park during the summer, try visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Milwaukee

Milwaukee residents love their city for good reason. There’s always a reason to get out and explore even though it’s relatively small. Milwaukee’s oldest breweries are scattered all over the city, waiting to be explored; while many restaurant options are located in or just outside the city center.

Milwaukee is an old town with high bridges and iconic architecture. The summertime can get hot, but even that didn’t stop Benedictine monks from founding a successful brewery in Milwaukee. What can’t Milwaukee do?

Milwaukee is also home to a robust music scene and is home to at least two live venues. The best way to experience Milwaukee’s sports culture is to attend a Brewers, Bucks, or Badgers game.

Milwaukee is less than an hour from the Great Lakes region. Being at the mouth of the many lakes provides city residents with easy access to beaches, unique shops, and isn’t separated from the outdoors by concrete or glass.

The rough topography in Milwaukee makes it a favorite for jogging and running.

If the sights and the sounds entice you, the best way to experience Milwaukee’s cultural center is by catching a production at the interesting Milwaukee Public Theater.

Bayfield

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On a clear summer day, you could be forgiven for mistaking Bayfield, Wisconsin, as the backdrop for a dream.

The forested hills that line the narrow bay have been wonderfully green for centuries. They are now home to 150 red-eyed vireos, 45 northern parulas, and a pair of Pileated woodpeckers.

For generations, the Native people who called all of Wiscon­sin home lived along the water of Lake Superior. Many of their ancestors were culturally and economically related to inhabitants on islands hundreds of miles south of this little city. Their descendants still live on Thunder Island.

Bayfield is an interesting place to spend a few days.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, this was the gateway to the Great Lakes. At the turn of the 20th century, it was the gateway to the outside world. When the Army Corps of Engineers finished building the Wisconsin Straits, the Great Northern Railway built this station as a depot in 1886.

What was old is new again. Recently, the Steamboat Co. restored the 1907 tourist packet, the USA and Canada. The pre-fab navigation of yore, for those who remember it, has been lovingly restored.