Take In the View, Wisconsin

A mountaintop overlooking the majestic Burnett County forest or a cliff overlooking the coastline in beautiful Door County. How about a spot on the 40-yard line at Lambeau Field, about 15 rows up? We’re on a mission to find the best views in Wisconsin, and these are a few of our favorites:

Lapham Peak is nestled within the 1,000-acre hilly expanse of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The 45-foot observation tower is the highest point in Waukesha County and provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside. Formed by a glacier over 10,000 years ago, the terrain is excellent for hiking. Spring is a perfect time for a visit because guided hikes are offered for those curious to wander.

Lapham Peak State Park - Donald S. Abrams
Lapham Peak State Park - Donald S. Abrams

For the best man-made views, it’s hard to not think of Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers. It’s been said that there really isn’t a bad seat at Lambeau, and it’s true. With seats close to the field and no obstructions, there’s not much between you and the action on the field. Whether you’re a football fan or not, there’s something to be said for the rich history and family friendly- nature of the stadium. Settle in with a brat and brew and you can’t go wrong.

For one of the best Wisconsin views of the mighty Mississippi River, it doesn’t get much better than Perrot State Park. With narrow river valleys and magnificent limestone bluffs, you’ll get a panoramic view of the river and its leisurely barge traffic. A challenging, but worthwhile hike, Brady’s Bluff provides a spectacular view of the Mississippi River and nearby Trempealeau Mountain, a landmark 384-foot peak completely surrounded by water. The park adjoins the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge making for some great bird watching too.

From ancient art to modern masterpieces, the Milwaukee Art Museum offers a different kind of spectacle. Whether you’re standing four feet in front of an original Andy Warhol or Georgia O’Keeffe, it doesn’t get much better. Of course, the museum itself makes for a pretty great view. The world-famous architecture of Santiago Calatrava features floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lake Michigan. The Burke Brise Soleil is a moveable, wing-like sunscreen that rests atop the museum. The “wings” open and close each day, depending on weather.

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