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!
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Apostle Island Ice Caves
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
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
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
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
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?