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Top Wisconsin Winter Travel Destinations

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If you love to travel but winter has you wondering where to go, check out this list of amazing travel destinations right in your backdoor. These top winter travel destinations in Wisconsin are beautiful, scenic, and leave me reminiscing of a romantic holiday movie – just make sure your vehicle is winter travel ready before you head out!

Apostle Island Ice Caves

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Nestled on the scenic north shore, the Apostle Island National Lakeshore in northern Bayfield County boasts beautiful ice caves once Lake Superior freezes along the shore. Access to the ice caves is only permitted once the National Park Service deems it safe for walking so be sure to check for notifications before you make the trip!

Northern Door County Scenic Drives

Door County, Wisconsin

If you are looking for a beautiful drive through the country, northern Door County provides the Upper Midwest with its own Cape Cod experience as you drive through 40 miles of coastal towns. Find local shops, individually owned restaurants, and a wonderfully romantic winter travel experience. Starting in Sturgeon Bay and heading up highway 57, you may make it all the way to Gills Rock at the top of the peninsula, or you might just get caught up in the scenery as you are enjoying the drive.

Green Bay Botanical Garden

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The Green Bay Botanical Garden is an oasis of 47 acres of gardens and natural areas, but the showpiece in winter is the annual Garden of Lights show. Featuring more than 250,000 lights in botanical-theme displays, you are sure to have a wonderful experience! Be sure to dress warm, the half an hour walk through the display can get chilly!

Cave Point Park in Door County

Cave Point-Door County (11)

If you are already heading to Door County for the scenic drive, you may want to venture out to Cave Point Park.  In winter, be especially careful of slippery rocks and ice formations – but the majesty of Cave Point covered in snow and ice is breathtaking.

Grandad Bluff Scenic Overlook

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Take a drive along the Mississippi, and be sure to stop at the number one scenic spot in western Wisconsin, Grandad Bluff. Nestled on the top of a 600-ft high bluff, it overlooks the city of La Crosse, and the view of the Mississippi River Valley includes the three states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.  In winter, the 15-million year old geology that created the great Mississippi Valley is even more impressive than ever with a nice dusting of snow.


What are your favorite places to visit in Wisconsin during the winter?


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20 Responses to Top Wisconsin Winter Travel Destinations

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 10, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    I have never thought of going to Wisconsin before. I had no idea there was so much to do there.

  2. Ninja Mommers December 10, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Omgosh! What a gorgeous place. We have never been to Wisconsin before!
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  3. Kelly Hutchinson December 10, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Wow! The Cave Point Park is absolutely breathtaking. The botanical gardens would be a big hit with my family.
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  4. Kelsey Apley December 10, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    those are some beautiful views! I love love love outdoors! If I ever visit Wisconsin I will have to check out these spots!
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  5. Shauna December 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    I want to go to each of them. I miss snow and holiday drive throughs. What fun

  6. Maria December 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I have never been to Wisconsin, but, after seeing this, it is definitely now on my list of places to visit in the USA.

  7. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos December 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Wow, it’s so beautiful there, I had no idea. I’ve never been but would love to visit one day!
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  8. Dawn December 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    The Apostle Island Ice Caves look amazing. I’ve love to visit those.
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  9. Chelley @ AisForAdelaide December 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Cave Point looks so cool! I love natural treasures I never would have found without blogs! Thanks for sharing!
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  10. lisa December 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    These are beautiful! I definitely want to visit all of these places.

  11. Meagan December 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    What a beautiful winter wonderland! Those ice caves are breathtaking!
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  12. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet December 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Those ice caves are amazing. Didn’t do much in Wisconsin in the winter except go up to Milwaukee and check out everyone’s amazing Christmas decorations. Boy do people go nuts!
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  13. Lisa Bristol December 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    Those beautiful Ice Caves would be the first place i would want to go to when i make out to Wisconsin. I am hoping to get there sometime in 2015.

  14. Liz Mays December 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Those ice caves are incredible.This is on my list of places to visit!
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  15. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) December 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Wow! Ice caves look COOL! We were in Iceland recently.They have these up north.

  16. Aimee Smith December 10, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    I have never been to Wisconsin before! Cave Point looks breath taking!

  17. mykidsguide December 11, 2014 at 1:20 am #

    Those ice caves look so beautiful, I’d love to see one up close!
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  18. Amy Desrosiers December 11, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    Looks like some great places to visit in Wisconsin! I love the scenery and those lights are stellar!

  19. ann b December 11, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    I love door county. I have been there many times as I only live about 3 hours from there. It’s so peaceful and pretty! great pictures.

  20. Autumn @MamaChallenge December 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    I have never been to Wisconsin before. Never have I thought I would want to go there either! These places look wonderful!
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