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Visiting Northern Wisconsin


By Jennifer Weiss

When you want to get away from it all and soak in the great outdoors of the United States, journey to northern Wisconsin for some much needed fresh air. All is peaceful in this part of the country, where the sun sets on a striking purple-blue horizon and the numerous animals of this area tend for their young. So get out there and enjoy nature in an unspoiled environment, the experience is certainly like none other.

Door County is a great northern Wisconsin option if you enjoy the water sports that are plentiful in this area. Fishing is always the most popular option, but there are other choices including sailing, scuba diving, parasailing, or simply relaxing on the beach at one of the nearby state parks. The area is also steeped in tradition, and you can learn about its fascinating history at any of the numerous museums and historical attractions around town. However, to really take in Door County, visit Washington Island and travel around the island via the Cherry Train to get close to the most interesting cultural and culinary attractions.

When you arrive in the Door Peninsula, the area draws you in with its simple, yet dramatic outdoor beauty. The towering cliffs that descend into Lake Michigan are your first clue that the outdoors truly matter here, and the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife are around every corner, beckoning you to explore outside of the typical tourist draws. To get the most out of this scenic wonderland, visit the Ridges Sanctuary to see and learn more about the biological diversity of the area. Or, if you would rather take it all in for yourself, make your way to one of the town or county parks for breathtaking views of the area’s exceptional natural features.

When you venture further north to Minocqua, outdoor excursions become even more of a staple for the ideal vacation experience. With over 3,200 lakes, ponds, and streams in the greater Minocqua area, leading to the appropriate title the “Lakeland Area,” water activities are definitely the biggest allure. Rent a boat and feel the refreshing mist on your face, or take to the always popular fishing and reel in walleye, musky, northern pike, smallmouth bass, perch, and a lot more. Head out to the trails for some solitude as you hike or bike among the plentiful vegetation and numerous animals that call this area home. No matter what outdoor activity floats your boat or canoe, there is certainly a pristine hideaway just waiting for you to discover it.

One truly exceptional place to take in the flavor of northern Wisconsin is the Hayward area. Here, you will find the Lumberjack World Championships each summer and the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, each pointing to a popular outdoor pursuit that identifies the real culture of this area. The towns are classically northern, as visitors flock here each summer to stroll the small town streets in search of fudge and to relax on the unsoiled beaches. It is the perfect retreat for anyone looking to escape a hurried, hectic lifestyle and learn what it means to let the day occur naturally.

No matter which part of northern Wisconsin you plan to visit, your day will certainly be filled with an exciting outdoor adventure in the forests or on the lakes. To get the most out of your trip, stay within your natural surroundings in a Northern Wisconsin cabin rental. With the water a short walk out the back door, you can head to the beach whenever the lake beckons and take a midday nap in the comfort of your bed if the fresh air tires you out. The fully-stocked kitchen makes it easy to prepare the fish you caught during the day, which you can enjoy on your deck surrounded by towering maple and pine trees. Relax and listen to the music of the birds, this really is your vacation to escape from it all.

For an all-encompassing outdoor vacation, begin your search today for a northern Wisconsin vacation rental. There is sure to be one that meets all your needs and pushes you to experience all this outdoor wonderland has to offer!

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