The Best Places to Visit in Wisconsin
Wisconsin, also referred to as “Badger State” or “America’s Dairyland”, is located
in the Midwest and Great Lakes Region of US. It is home to many desirable travel locations
from big cities to national parks, offering a range of sights and attractions for thrill
seekers, nature lovers and families. Travelers can find amusement and relaxation year-round
in Wisconsin though tourists should be prepared for any
type of weather if they want to have the best possible vacation. We could have made the
list twice as long, it was really hard to choose among the many beautiful places the
state has. So, explore the best of Wisconsin at the most beautiful places in the state
that you never knew existed. 1.Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors
experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present.
The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources.
Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.
Though today a walk along most trails on the Apostle Islands will give the hiker a feeling
of wilderness, it’s well to remember that not so long ago, people called these islands
home. If you know what to look for, you can still see evidence of their homes and workplaces
in the island landscape. Sometimes the traces of past lives are easy to spot: stone walls
like fortress ramparts loom above the quarry pit. 2.Big Manitou Falls
The 165-foot tall Big Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park near Superior is the fourth-tallest
waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Impressive, for sure!
The water comes from the Black River, meandering 22 miles southwest of the park on the Wisconsin-Minnesota
border. As it passes through Pattison, its first drop is actually 31 feet over Little
Manitou Falls. Then it reaches the awe-inspiring Big Manitou Falls. The best vantage point to see Big Manitou
is from the south, where two overlooks provide head-on views of the waterfall.
Another “National Natural Landmark in Wisconsin and also the “jewel box” of America’s
major caves, named as such for the delicacy of its formations, number 3. is the Cave of
the Mounds. The main cave began forming more than a million
years ago as acidic water dissolved the limestone bedrock. The cave was accidently discovered in 1939
when workers removing limestone from a quarry blasted into rock, revealed this stupendous
underground cavern with rooms, galleries,nooks and crannies. Today, more than 25,000 people
visit the cave each year. Choose a hot summer day to visit – the cave
has the same temperature every day of the year, a cool 50 degrees.
4. Devil’s Lake State Park Devil’s Lake State Park, not far from Wisconsin
Dells, is the most visited state park in Wisconsin. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors
enjoy the 360-acre spring-fed lake, the 500-foot bluffs teetering over it and the 30 miles
of trails that comprise the trifecta of this natural wonder. Scientists believe the bluffs were formed
1.6 billion years ago, making them one of the most ancient rock outcrops in North America.
Part of the Baraboo Range, this “ancient rock and roll” consists of hill ranges surrounding
a canoe-shaped depression. The ranges are resplendent for their plum-colored
quartzite, a metamorphic rock formed from sandstone put under great heat and pressure.
5. High Cliff State Park and the Niagara Escarpment
The locals call it “The Ledge” – the limestone cliff that runs through High Cliff
State Park, situated on the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest lake.
Mind that!, this is no ordinary limestone cliff. It’s the Niagara Escarpment, a 440-million
year old cliff that begins in Wisconsin and extends 1,000 miles to Niagara Falls.
In Wisconsin, this major land feature is rich with fossils, old native forestland, rare
plant species, caves, waterfalls, and is a migratory stop for birds in the spring and
fall. This rock corridor also has petroglyphs, pictographs and effigy mounds, clues to the
state’s Native American past. No trip to High Cliff is complete without
scaling the Lookout Tower in the upper park where you can see 30 miles to the north, west
and south. 6.The Dells of the Wisconsin River Sometimes called the Wisconsin Dells – though
this is often confused with the touristy town of the same name – the Dells of the Wisconsin
River is a spectacular five-mile gorge on the state’s largest river. This area of outstanding
natural beauty boasts many unique sandstone rock formations, canyons, and cliffs, some
as high as 100 feet. The Dells area is also home to an abundance of unique flora and fauna,
such as cliff cudweed, found in only one other location on the planet, and six species of
dragonfly. Given its fragile ecological state, it’s not the easiest place to access, and
those wanting to experience its beauty must do so by boat. A variety of regular excursions
are available, taking in both the upper and lower areas of this spectacularly beautiful
region. 7.Chain O’Lakes
If one Wisconsin lake is wonderful, then how would you describe 28 lakes, all interconnected
no less? The Chain O’Lakes deep in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is the largest inland chain of
lakes in the world. The depth of these lakes varies widely from one to the next, providing
sufficient space for whatever floats your boat, be it water-skiing, wakeboarding, pontoon
cruising, canoeing, kayaking or fishing. While the lakes themselves are 100 percent
natural, it was the work of humans that connected all of them. Dams were built to dam up the
Wisconsin and Eagle Rivers as a way to connect the lakes to serve the logging industry and
generate electricity. The Chain O’ Lakes crosses Vilas and Oneida counties
and a number of the lakes border the Nicolet National Forest on the east shoreline of the
chain, and this is wooded land that will never be developed. 8.Amnicon Falls State Park
The 825-acre (334 ha) park is located in South Range, Wisconsin, southeast of the city of Superior. It
features a series of waterfalls on the Amnicon River as it flows around a small island and
under a historic covered bridge.There are four waterfalls in Amnicon Falls State Park.
The Amnicon River forks around an island, with two waterfalls on each side. Upper and
lower Amnicon Falls are certainly pretty, especially with the old covered bridge over
the lower falls, and temperamental Now and Then Falls is interesting. But Snake Pit Falls
sounds like a badass place to go skinny dipping. 9. Parfrey’s Glen
Parfrey’s Glen , Wisconsin’s first state natural area near the popular Devil’s Lake
State Park . The glen is a deep gorge cut through the sandstone of the south flank of
the Baraboo Hills. It’s cool, damp, and often foggy or misty, making for some creepy
photo ops. The walls of the glen are sandstone, but with striations of various geological
periods. This is a must for any rock and mineral lover. 10.Lake Minocqua Lake Minocqua is a large lake in Oneida County.
Tourists can find many vacation rentals around the lake and access the water from parks and
public boating landings. The destination is most popular in the winter for snowmobiling
and in the summer for waterskiing and boating. Fish found in Lake Minocqua include Walleye,
Musky, Panfish, Largemouth and smallmouth bass and Northern Pike.