As we roll in to the new year, it’s time to start planning out the parts of the state you want to visit in 2017. Whether you’re a life-long resident or a first-time visitor, there’s tons to see and do in Wisconsin. Here’s a list of 12 incredible towns in the Dairy State that should make it on your travel bucket list for the new year:
1. Mount Horeb
One of Wisconsin's quirkiest locales. Mount Horeb has embraced it's settlers Norwegian roots and named itself the Troll Capital of the World. There's plenty of opportunity for pictures, silliness and fun when you stop in Mount Horeb.
People come for Cascade Falls, but they stay for the charm of main street, the cool train history and the awesome eateries.
There's just something so very relaxing and, well, Wisconsin, about whiling away some hours enjoying our short spring and summer while trying to reel in dinner. Marinette was not only a historic fishing village, but it remains one of the best places to head off for a day of angling.
Oftentimes the best meals are the ones you were never expecting. If you're looking for awesome food away from the crowds and in a relaxed setting, head to Kansasville.
Sometimes there's nothing better in summer than to pack up the car, roll down the windows and check out the best Wisconsin has to offer. Bayfield is a great summer destination to enjoy lake life, taste some seafood, enjoy the artists who call it home and find the charm of a awesome Wisconsin town.
While there are plenty of towns up and down Wisconsin's western border with the Mississippi River, Trempealeau is one of our best-kept secrets. Much less busy than some of it's neighbors, Trempealeau features stunning scenery, Native American history and some of the best vineyards and orchards the state has to offer.
The perfect mix of city and town, LaCrosse offers some of the best scenery in the state, awesome bits of our wonderful state's history and of course, beer. Straddling the line between rural and urban, LaCrosse gives you the amenities of an important port city while also providing all the fresh produce that comes with being so close to the farms.
8. New Glarus
Settled by Swiss immigrants aided by their own countries government to seek a better life, New Glarus comes by it's "Little Switzerland" moniker honestly. Most well known for it's "only in Wisconsin" beer, there's actually a ton of charming things to keep you full and entertained in New Glarus, including the Swiss Center of North America.
If you're looking for a town chock full of legends, spookiness and ghost stories, Brodhead should be on your list. Whether the stories are tall tales or true life is difficult to tell, but the old architecture and spooky history definitely give it a ghostly aura.
Folks flock here in the summer for their festivals, but fall is such a great time to experience this small town close to the big city. A quaint town with tons of unique shops, the state's last covered bridge and some really scenic views along Cedar Creek, beat the summer crowds and wait til autumn to visit.
11. Prairie du Chien
Wisconsin's second-oldest town houses so much interesting and important state history as well as some of the best bald eagle viewing anywhere.
Normally known as a summer "up north" getaway, Hayward is worth adding to your holiday to-do list. From Black Friday through New Year's the city transforms and holds a ton of events to help get you ready for Santa.
Have you visited any of these great Wisconsin towns? What did you think? Where else should people be adding to their 2017 plans?