The weather is warming up, and we are becoming even more aware that we are stir crazy. It’s time to pack some sandwiches and hit the road. But where to? Well, if you’re up for an adventure, Wisconsin has all sorts of spots to give you a trip to remember. Here are 10 Wisconsin spots for the adventurous.
1. Apostle Islands
The beautiful bold colors and rough shapes of these islands should inspire you to be adventurous. You can explore the islands on foot, but why not take a kayak out and go into the sea caves? It is an unreal experience.
2. Cave of the Mounds
This natural limestone cave is one of the best caves in the upper Midwest. The walking tours are available year round. Even though it's a cave, it's surprisingly easy for people of all ages to navigate.
3. Devil's Lake State Park
Summer is definitely the time to visit this Baraboo hot spot--and if you can camp, all the better. The 360 acre lake has sandy beaches that is perfect for taking a dip or just relaxing. There are also plenty of trails for hiking and biking.
4. Horicon Marsh
Who knew that the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States was located right here in Wisconsin? You can explore right onto the marsh by foot. And if you have limited abilities but still want an adventure, there is even an auto tour option.
5. Pewit's Nest
This gorge formed during the retreat of the last glacier. The result is a magical looking waterfall coming off of green rocks. Many people like to take a dip here.
6. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
This forest comprises 1.5 million acres in northern Wisconsin. Of the many activities you can engage in, there's horseback riding, hiking, camping, atv trails, and fishing.
7. Willow River State Park
This beautiful state park is just a touch under 3,000 acres. Many people come for the waterfalls. But you can also go rock climbing here.
8. Flambeau River State Forest
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This park is a massive 90,000 acres. As you can guess from the name of the park, river activities are a large part of the attraction. The river is navigable, but definitely is difficult at parts. Make sure to know which areas are best for novices or experts.
9. Perrot State Park
Stunning is the only word I can use to describe this park. Will the Mississippi River ever look better than viewed from a 500 foot bluff? Probably not. Hike until you can't move.
10.Wyalusing State Park
This state park is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. While it is one of Wisconsin's oldest state parks, it has a lot to offer current generations. There are trails for both hiking and canoeing. Of special interest are the Native American burial mounds.