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Top 5 Locations To Visit on your Door County Wisconsin Road Trip

Door County should be a "must" on your travel bucket list. The self-anointed crown of the Midwest offers unmatched adventures and tourist amenities.

If you have never traveled to Door County, Wisconsin, make sure that this treasure is on your travel bucket list.

The peninsula is flanked between the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan ensuring you will be subject to fantastic sunrises and sunsets.

Entering the corridor of Door County promises a pristine connection with nature and all the bells and whistles of a tourist mecca. This crown of the Midwest delivers quaint nooks of a Scandinavian heritage sprinkled with whitewashed buildings adorning Highway 42. Once you cross the powerful drawbridge in Sturgeon Bay you are guaranteed an experience free of chain stores, chain restaurants and the gleaming neon of most tourist attractions.

Door County travelers flock to this destination for the abundance of water activities. Summertime offers the experience of regattas dotting the waters and the adventure of waterskiing, parasailing, jet skiing and lazy days soaking up the sun. Door County's 35 named islands make this area a boater's dream. Venture to the islands or view them from afar from a kayak, canoe, ferry, chartered boat, or guided cruise.

According to Door County is haled for it's cherry blossoms every spring, supper clubs, ocean-like lake views and being home to extraordinary Wisconsin traditions: Door County is a destination unlike any other. Its extensive shoreline stretches with views of Lake Michigan’s clear blue waters with beautiful nature and thriving communities dotting the peninsula. This sure is a destination that brings visitors back time and time again.

Attractions in Door County

Cherry blossoms are a main attraction in Door County and an experience that you can explore via Segway as you travel through fields of white-flowered trees. Highlighting the rugged rock formations, distinct stone cliffs and turquoise calm waters, these are best seen when sliding by zipline. What better way to see more views than while sipping wine in a vineyard? There are 8 wineries here for relaxing, making memories and soaking up the sun. There are 11 lighthouses in this county with some being easier to spot than others. Peninsula State Park is a highlight of Door County with its hikes through the unique terrain and lakeshore views of the clear water perfect for a friendly rock-skipping competition.

Here is our top 5 places to visit when traveling to Door County, Wisconsin:

1. Al Johnsons- Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant, Butik & Stabbur ( Al Johnsons is an iconic Swedish restaurant that serves their signature roasted coffee and stacks of Swedish pancakes. What makes this special is that the roof is covered with grass and goats sit upon the roof basking in their glory.

Beware, this iconic ice cream parlor is addicting. If you ask for a

single scoop, you will receive 2 heaping scoops of this mouthwatering treat.

3. Peninsula State Park: Peninsula State Park | Wisconsin DNR

Specifically, visit the spectacular re-modeled Eagle Tower. Eagle tower is a wheel-chair accessible tower that is perched amongst the treeline of Peninsula State Park. The views are majestic and unforgettable.

4. Whitefish Dunes State Park: Whitefish Dunes State Park (

Whitefish Dunes boasts 863 acres of forest and dunes on rugged Lake Michigan shore with a mile of sand beach, two miles of rocky shore, and the highest sand dunes in Wisconsin. Hiking, ski touring, snowshoeing, swimming, and fishing. 14-1/2 miles of hiking/skiing trails, one trail to Clark Lake. 1- 1/2 mile of interpretive trail.

5.Washington Island: Washington Island Chamber of Commerce – Experience Washington Island You can access this island via Ferry that is docked in Gils Rock.

Washington Island is a year-round Island community located approximately 5 miles off the northeast tip of the Door Peninsula in Door County, Wisconsin. The Town of Washington includes five other Islands in this watery neighborhood. They include Plum Island, Detroit Island, Hog Island, Pilot Island and Rock Island, a 900-acre island and Wisconsin’s only State Park on an island.

Listen to The Cultural Chameleon Podcast featuring behind the scenes Door County travel.

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