Have you ever gone to a place and thought it seemed like something magical, enchanted, like out of a fairy tale? There are a lot of places in Wisconsin that are incredibly enchanted, many off of the beaten path. Here are 13 of our favorites. The second one is so sweet.
1. Wind Point
Wind Point is a village in Racine that was clearly incorporated during the mid-1950s. Quaint, the houses are built around the historic Wind Point Lighthouse. You will love how it looks during sunset and into the evening.
2. Eau Claire Sunflower Strip
Along Highway 85 in Eau Claire, a strip is absolutely covered in sunflowers. They were planted in memory of a woman who lost her battle with cancer. The sunflowers were harvested and sold with proceeds going to help cancer victims and their families deal with mounting medical costs.
3. Chain O'Lakes
Is there anything more enchanting than the Wisconsin Northwoods? You could film a fairy tale up there. The Chain O'Lakes is a series of 22 lakes, each one more gorgeous than the last.
4. Lake Wingra
Lake Wingra isn't the biggest or most popular lake, but this is an absolutely gorgeous lake to get out on or observe from the shore. Vilas Park offers a beautiful vantage point.
5. Kissick Alkaline Bog Lake State Natural Area
Boy, the name doesn't make this place sound very enticing, but it's actually gorgeous countryside. It is a 10-acre wilderness lake accompanied by a northern wet forest. Bald eagles are known to frequent this place.
6. Cranberry Bogs
Cranberries might seem pretty basic in the grocery store, but have you ever seen them floating in a bog like this? The color and scene are absolutely amazing.
7. Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area
Wow, just check out that view. Stockholm, Wisconsin has some breathtaking views of the mighty Mississippi River off of the tall limestone cliffs.
8. Apostle Island Sea Caves
During the winter, you can actually walk through these sea caves at the Apostle Islands. They are so magnificent that they do not seem to even be from this world. Seriously, go check them out.
9. Big Manitou Falls
Big Manitou Falls are the most famous Wisconsin falls, but still, many people never get out here to visit. Head up to Superior to see these falls drop 165 feet.
10. Bois Brule River
The Brule River and the forest that surrounds it are truly hidden gems in Wisconsin. The river is amazing, with two distinct parts: a calmer part that crosses through coniferous bogs and a wilder part with cascades.
11. Blue Mounds
Blue Mounds is a magical place, featuring caves and great views of treetops. Can anything look more enchanted than this view from Blue Mound State Park?
12. Holy Hill
Holy Hill, in Erin, Wisconsin, is deeply spiritual. But there is something about this church set up on the hill and among the trees that gives it an almost magical feel.
13. Ellison Bay
Ellison Bay has some of the nicest, most secluded beaches in Wisconsin. The water is super clear and so shallow that you can walk a good distance off of the shore.