Wisconsin August 19, 2016
11 Hidden Gems You Have To See In Wisconsin Before You Die
If you live in Wisconsin, you are aware that there are loads of great places. But many are hidden – even from people who have lived here all their lives. So make sure you hit up these 11 Wisconsin attractions.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Elroy Sparta Trail
Once upon a time, this bike trail used to be for trains. They have kept some of that old charm in this rails to trails experiment. Look for two tunnels that still have doors--these doors were closed to keep snow out of tunnels so that trains could move through.
2. Holy Hill
This church is stunning in itself, but place it on this hill, and you have an unbelievable sight. This church is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Go inside and see the surrounding area from above--it's a jaw-dropping view.
3. Apostle Islands
These gorgeous islands are located in northern Wisconsin. Known for their intense colors and incredible rocks, these islands also have sea caves. You can access the sea caves by boat or by foot when the water has sufficiently frozen over.
4. Kohler Andrae State Park
Wisconsin isn't known for its sand dunes. But this is the best area for sand dunes on the western shores of Lake Michigan. Golden sand and blue water will make you want to stay a while.
5. Lion's Den
This is a little known park located in Grafton. It might just be one of the best views of Lake Michigan. And it is one of the last stretches of undeveloped bluffs along the lake.
6. Amnicon Falls
Wisconsin has loads of waterfalls, but you might get the biggest bang for your buck at Amnicon Falls.There are foot trails and bridges from which to see the waterfalls. There is also a spot where you can swim in the waterfall--talk about amazing.
7. Cave of the Mounds
Cave of the Mounds is one of the best caves in the entire Midwest. It is a natural limestone cave. Don't worry--smooth trails and good lighting make this safe for anyone to walk through.
8. Devil's Lake State Park
As Wisconsin's most visited state park, Devil's Lake has a lot going for it. First, there is the 360 acre lake. But the beautiful rocks along the side--especially those that have fallen or formed uniquely--are super cool.
9. Chain O'Lakes
22 lakes make up this gorgeous chain of lakes. Some are filled with speed boats, while others are slow and are just for canoes and kayaks. The lakes are stunning and clear.
10. Horicon Marsh
This is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. It is home to lots of wildlife. Walk out on a boardwalk to go right over the water.
11. High Cliff State Park
These cliffs actually go from Wisconsin to New York (Niagara Falls). Large rocks and beautiful trees make this a place to see. There is also a great statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird.
Check out some other
natural areas in Wisconsin.