Wisconsin doesn’t have mountains or many high points, but there are still some spots where you can take in some pretty stunning views. You might not have vertigo, but these spots still might make your palms sweat.
1. Grandad Bluff
Grandad Bluff is located in La Crosse, standing 590 feet above the surrounding land. You can get truly panoramic shots of La Crosse from this vantage point. Also, you can really enjoy the Mississippi River from up here.
2. Devil's Lake State Park
You can get some truly stunning views of the lake from up high--we mean way up high. The lake is surrounded by 500-foot quartzite bluffs. The hiking can be strenuous, but it is worth it for sights like Devil's Doorway.
3. Holy Hill
There are definitely some amazing views inside Holy Hill, but views from the top are stunning. The church itself sits atop a 1,350 foot hill. In autumn especially, you can get an incredible view of the treetops.
4. Blue Mound State Park
This park is located on the highest point in southern Wisconsin. In fact, you are at 1,719 feet of elevation. As you can see from this phenomenal photo, you can see some fantastic views.
5. Maiden Rock
This bluff is set out among the Mississippi River. It extends for nearly a mile. You are 400 feet off the ground. It is also home to peregrine falcons, if you are lucky enough to see one.
6. Big Manitou Falls
Big Manitou Falls is the largest waterfall in Wisconsin, rumbling some 165 feet. You can see it in all its majesty, and be thoroughly terrified by seeing the mouth of the waterfall, looking down. This is located at Pattison State Park.
7. Timms Hill
Timms Hill is the highest natural point in Wisconsin. It is 1,951 feet above sea level. While you are visiting, climb an observation tower for a stunning 30 mile view of the Wisconsin Northwoods.
8. Ellison Bluff
This is part of the Niagara Escarpment, formed some 425 million years ago. The bluffs are 200 feet tall. Old trees, some of which are over 200 years old, dot the bluff.
9. Magnolia Bluff Park
Magnolia Bluff Park is located in Evansville, Rock County. It is approximately 120 acres. There are many steep area and rock outcroppings, so you want to use extreme caution. But if you can safely hike it, you'll get some truly amazing views.