We’re smack dab in the middle of the winter doldrums, where the holidays are long past but Spring feels like it’s never going to come. The only solution? A vacation – or at least, a small trip here in the wonderful state of Wisconsin to visit one of our amazing locations. These trips won’t cost you a lot of time or money, but they are incredible.
Ice Castle - Wisconsin Dells
This awe-inspiring castle is only up for a short time and it's weather-dependent, but man is it truly spectacular. Make sure you check it out at night when it's lit up.
This charming town is chock-full of things to do in all seasons, from hiking and biking to swimming and road races.
Stavkikre Church - Washington Island
This church is a hand-made version of the Viking Christian churches that dotted Europe in the middle ages. Its gorgeous construction and unusual architecture make it a must-visit.
Holler House - Milwaukee
The country's oldest sanctioned bowling alley, Holler House is a two-lane alley with live pinsetters that's been around since 1908.
Canopy Walk - Lake Geneva
Open year-round, you can cross five different sky bridges and zipline through 100 acres near Lake Como to get a bird's eye view of the area.
Wolfsong Adventures - Minong
Learn about these amazing sled dogs and hop on for a day or overnight trip through the Northwoods like you've never experienced it before.
Elroy-Sparta State Trail
The country's oldest rail trail, this 32-mile path from Elroy to Sparta is a converted railroad line and was the start of a 22,000 mile rail to trail conversion that happened nationwide.
Brunet Island State Park - Cornell
We've got a state park system and that means sometimes we overlook some amazing places. Brunet Island State Park is in the Chippewa River and has 69 campsites that abut the water.
For a small town, there are a ton of things to draw folks to Spring Green, from Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and The House on the Rock to the amazing canoeing and kayaking on the Wisconsin River, you'll never get bored!
American Science and Surplus
This strange little oddity shop on Milwaukee's southwest side is irreverent, fun and a great place to idle a way a few hours sorting through all their assorted stuff.
Natural Bridge State Park - North Freedom
The rock formation at Natural Bridge State Park has been enjoyed by the residents of this area for centuries. It's a gorgeous formation of sandstone that dates back more than a million years.
Dells Mill - Augusta
Built in 1864, this mill was a water-powered flour and feed mill. Now it's just an idyllic and highly-photogenic part of our history.
Milwaukee Public Market
Located just south of downtown Milwaukee on the edge of the Third Ward, the Public Market is a great place for locals to nab a business-day lunch as well as for tourists to get a taste of all kinds of great Milwaukee foods.
A-to-Z Produce and Bakery
With a gorgeous wood-burning oven, A-to-Z pushes out amazing bread and hosts summer pizza nights with the freshest ingredients grown right there on the farm.
Massive Candy Store
Being in the Dells brings out your inner child anyway, so why not indulge them at this amazing candy store that has everything to feed your sweet tooth.
Wisconsin's tallest natural point, Timm's Hill has to be on every Wisconsinite's Bucket List for the sweeping views of our gorgeous countryside.
Witch's Gulch - Wisconsin Dells
People head to the Dells for waterparks and entertainment, but don't forget the amazing natural formations that dot the landscape all around the area. Witch's Gulch is like a storybook, with layers of rock and narrow passages.
Eagle River Ice Castle
Sure, there's that new castle in the Dells, but the folks up in Eagle River have been harvesting ice locally and constructing an ice castle for decades. There's something so awesome about the simplicity of the harvest the rectangular blocks and the man-made structure.
If you've ever felt like you wanted to drive to the ends of the earth and then keep going, Rock Island is for you. No cars are a allowed and it feels a bit like the edge of everything, but it's serene and gorgeous and peaceful and a long way from the stress of real life.
Have you been to any of these amazing Wisconsin places? We want to hear about it in the comments!