Wisconsin has a reputation for being a cold midwestern state, and also the dairy and cheese capital of the U.S., but there’s a lot more to it than that. There are some amazing and naturally beautiful things to see in Wisconsin.
Sometimes the best way to see the state and all it has to offer is by road trip. You can rent an RV in Milwaukee from Outdoorsy, or wherever you’re planning on starting your trip and go from there.
If this is your plan, the following are some of the best places you can’t miss.
Apostle Islands Ice Caves
Generally, the Apostle Islands are something you should see if you ever get the opportunity. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is great in summer or winter, and in the winter you can visit the ice caves.
The ice caves are at the western end of the Mainland Unit of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. If you visit in the winter to see the ice caves it’s about a 2-mile hike on Lake Superior’s ice, and it can be risky so you have to be aware of that, but most visitors find that it’s well worth it.
You’ll have to plan accordingly for this, because they’re often not accessible, and the last time visitors got to see them was in 2015 when the conditions were seen as being somewhat safe.
Even if you’re not there in the winter trying to see the ice caves, the Apostle Islands should be on the itinerary for any Wisconsin trip. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore includes 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland with several lighthouses as well as sea kayaking and sailing.
Natural Bridge State Park
Natural Bridge State Park is more than 530 acres, and it has the state’s largest natural arch.
There’s also the Raddatz Rockshelter located underneath that was used by the Paleo-Indians, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Marinette County Waterfall Tour
The Marinette County Waterfall Tour is as good as it sounds. It features a 125-mile loop that takes you around 14 waterfalls and cataracts.
A lot of people prefer to take the tour when it’s fall, and they can see the changing leaves.
Marinette County is also known for its whitewater rafting opportunities on several rivers which include the Pemebonwon, Peshtigo and the Pike. These rivers also offer hundreds of miles of some of the country’s best trout fishing.
Whitefish Dunes State Park
Whitefish Dunes State Park is set on the shores of Lake Michigan. There’s a mile of sandy beach to enjoy and two miles of rocky shoreline. It’s also known for having the highest dunes in the state. Activities range from hiking, swimming, and fishing, to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Finally, If you have any extra time you can also go to Big Manitou Falls, located within the Pattison State Park and on the Black River. It’s the highest waterfall in Wisconsin, reaching 165 feet.