Everyone from Wisconsin can agree that this state is beautiful, and many of us have explored the gorgeous lakes and forests. But there is so much more to this state for you to explore. Last year, we
profiled some awesome places. This year, we are highlighting some of our past favorites and some new ones for you to explore.
1. Apostle Islands (La Pointe)
The Apostle Islands are actually a group of 21 islands. Each island has its own character. Some offer sea caves that you can kayak through. Others have howling sand and gorgeous natural beaches.
2. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (Rhinelander)
This national forest covers a whopping 1.5 million acres. It is Wisconsin's Northwoods, so while forest headquarters are in Rhinelander, it stretches well beyond there. Bogs, wetlands and lakes break up dense areas of trees. You are sure to see wildlife such as owls and deer - and there are bears, so be careful.
3. Perrot State Park (Trempealeau)
This 1200 acre park is located in Northwest Wisconsin, where it is nestled within 500 foot tall bluffs. The real centerpiece of the park is Trempealeau Mountain. You can take it in from Brady's Bluff.
4. Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo)
Visited by over 2 million people each year, this state park is definitely Wisconsin's most popular. This stunning 360 acre lake is surrounded by towering bluffs with super interesting rock formations. There are loads of trails and ample camping opportunities.
5. Horicon Marsh (Horicon)
Who knew a marsh could look this great? This marsh isn't just any marsh, either, as it is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S. You can see all sorts of birds and other wildlife, as you explore on foot or by car.
6. Washington Island (Door County)
Washington Island is not very populated, and that's what makes this a place for you to get away if you are seeking tranquility. The island offers some great places to get out in the water. Schoolhouse Beach, with its smooth rocks and crystal clear waters, is one of the best spots on the island.
7. Holy Hill (Erin)
Holy Hill was built in 1926 as a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Nestled in 435 wooded scenic acres, this church is beautiful on its own. It receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
8. Peninsula State Park (Door County)
What doesn't this state park have? Whether you want to hike, bike, go on a sandy beach, watch theater outside, go golfing, or simply relax, there is a spot for you. We think that this park is great at any time of the year, but it is so awesome during the fall.
9. Cave of the Mounds (Blue Mounds)
This area of Wisconsin is riddled with caves, but this is the best one of them all. Cave of the Mounds has been a tourist attraction for over 75 years. You can see awesome crystal formations in this cave while walking along safe, paved walkways.
10. Amnicon Falls (South Range)
Wisconsin has a lot of waterfalls, and while Amnicon Falls isn't the largest, we think this park gives you the most bang for your buck. Actually, the park has a series of waterfalls and rapids located along the Amnicon River. There is even a delightful covered foot bridge that goes right over.
11. Avon Bottoms (Brodhead)
This wildlife area is 2835 acres, with large trees surrounding it. It is home to tons of wildlife. People have reported seeing swamp monsters here - you be the judge.
12. Kohler Andrae State Park (Sheboygan)
Sand dunes and whispering pines surround the shimmering blue waters of Lake Michigan. There are 2.5 miles of sandy beach here for you to soak up.