Destination Guide: Wisconsin

Notable Cities: Wisconsin Dells, Door County Eagle River

Summary

The Upper Midwest is a reminder that pretty doesn’t have to be flashy and excitement doesn’t have to be loud. Nothing exemplifies this mindset more than Wisconsin, be that in the attraction-heavy Wisconsin Dells or the naturalistic surroundings of Door County and Eagle River. Global Discovery Vacations offers each of these distinct areas and this guide will show you all the good times to be had in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Dells

There is plenty to do in terms of water parks, tourist attractions and the Wisconsin River. It’s located an hour north of the state capital, Madison.

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Mount Olympus Outdoor Water Park. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau.

Must-See Attraction: The Water Parks

Sometimes the best attractions are man-made, and the abundance of water parks makes this destination the unsung Water Park Capital of the World. Then, to turn it into a place where people could visit all year long, Wisconsin Dells built the first indoor water park and made it more convenient than ever for visitors to make a splash. From Kalahari to Mt. Olympus to Chula Vista, you’d regret missing out on any of these. For a full list of the water parks in the area, visit the Wisconsin Dell Visitor Bureau website.

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Door County

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Member Charles G. captured this striking sunset of Lake Michigan on his visit to Door County.

This peninsula contains around 300 miles of shoreline with Lake Michigan and the Green Bay on either side. The city of Green Bay is less than an hour southwest, which would make a nice day trip for any Packers fan.

Must-See Attraction: Peninsula State Park

Campers rejoice as one of Wisconsin’s main parks features 468 campsites, 18-hole golf course, beach, beautiful bluffs and much more. Grab your bike, skis, boat, fishing rod or any other outdoor accessory and enjoy the fresh air.

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Eagle River

Member Jen M. gave us a great view of the Upper Peninsula with this photo from Lake of the Clouds.

Member Jen M. gave us a great view of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with this photo from Lake of the Clouds, located near Eagle River, Wisconsin.

This area boasts vast amounts of wilderness, giving you ample opportunities to fish, bike, hike, snowmobile and more, depending on the season. It’s like camping, except your tent is a condominium .

Must-See Attraction: Eagle River 500

When you come to Eagle River, you’ll find that there are almost more snowmobiles than cars. That’s fitting, considering that it’s the Snowmobile Capital of the World. The professionals and enthusiasts in the area maintain 500 miles of trails that give riders a scenic ride through trees and lakes.

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Festivals and Events

  • Wo-Zha-Wa Fall Festival (Fall, Wisconsin Dells)
  • Automotion (May, Wisconsin Dells)

Trivia

  • Door County has more state parks (five) and more miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan (250) than any other county in the country.
  • Noah’s Ark, located in Wisconsin Dells, is the largest outdoor waterpark in the United States.
  • Eagle River is considered the Snowmobile Capital of the World.

Suggested Resorts

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Aerial view of Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

Member Feedback

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Member Betsy O. getting ready for a bike ride In Eagle River.

Adventurous member Betsy O. took to Eagle River, Wisconsin, in this informative Member Monday.

Another Member Monday, this time in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, has Charles G. showing you the gorgeous views around Door County.

“Our family of 5 had a wonderful vacation at the Wild Eagle Resort. We loved the beautiful, spacious condo. The grounds and location were perfect for snowmobiling but we would also love to go back for summer and fall. I’m sure it is breathtakingly beautiful all year round!”
-Chris Stuchly (Wild Eagle Lodge – Eagle River, Wisconsin)

Top photo courtesy of member James K.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.