Regions

No two regions in Wisconsin are alike, and each is special in its own way. Across our six distinct regions, our state has everything you're dreaming about for a vacation with family and friends. 

The region you choose to visit depends on the reason for your trip. If you're planning a family winter retreat, visit the Up North region and explore the countless miles of cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. The Lake Michigan Shoreline is the perfect place to escape with your best girlfriends and enjoy a wine-soaked vacation at lush vineyards and orchards offering fresh wines and ciders. 

With so much to see and do in Wisconsin, you’ll want to do it all. Luckily, our highways and byways make it easy for travelers like yourself to get around and find adventure throughout our great state.

Find Your Center

The River Sands region, found in Central Wisconsin, has plenty of inland lakes, rivers and must-see attractions in this region for everyone in your group. 

One of the more popular cities in the region is the Wisconsin Dells, where waterpark hotels and amusement attractions reign supreme, offering families an all-inclusive experience. This region is also home to beautiful parks and forests, like Rib Mountain State Park, which features gorgeous views of the Wisconsin River. In the winter, spend a day skiing at Granite Peak, and unplug and reconnect with your family and friends. 

Other cities in the region include Stevens Point, home to one of the nation’s longest-running breweries and the rapids, where you can explore some of the largest cranberry marshes in the U.S. 

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Adventure & Exploration Along the Shore

Two of our regions touch the Great Lakes — Lake Superior and Lake Michigan shorelines. 

Discover a world of pristine nature, beautiful islands and water sports in the Lake Superior Shoreline region found in Northwest Wisconsin. The shoreline is home to charming harbor towns like Bayfield and dozens of islands, from Madeline, featuring a two-mile beach and state park, to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. One way to see this region and its many charms is along the Lake Superior Scenic Byway.

One minute an urban metropolis, the next a quiet harbor town, the Lake Michigan Shoreline in Eastern Wisconsin is a diverse one in itself. The region is home to Milwaukee, where you'll find a vibrant culture, dining and outdoor scene thanks to the Great Lake. Just an hour north, enjoy a slower pace of life in Sheboygan, home to sandy beaches, historic bed-and-breakfasts and golf courses. And further north is 

Door County, where wineries, orchards and lakeside resorts offer a more laid-back vacation. Hop on the Lake Michigan Circle Tour to explore more of the region. 

For Nature Lovers

The Up North region is home to some of the state’s most impressive waterfalls residing in Marinette and Iron counties. Many are accessible by foot, and although these natural wonders are beautiful in the winter when they freeze, we also love visiting them in the springtime. When the snow melts, the water show is even more spectacular. 

The region is also where you’ll find the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, encompassing over a million acres of our Northwoods. It’s the perfect playground for nearly every activity under the sun, from hiking, mountain biking and camping to water activities and winter sports.

For A Little Bit of Culture & Outdoor Livin’

The Driftless Region is found in the southwest part of Wisconsin and has just as many outdoor attractions as it does arts and culture venues. 

Along the Mississippi River, discover La Crosse, a river town and bike-friendly destination with historical monuments, a vibrant arts and culture scene and plenty of places to eat and drink. The area is home to the Hixon Forest, featuring trails for hiking and biking and the river is always buzzing with boats and river cruises. Farther north, in Eau Claire, discover an artsy, event-filled, family-centric town with orchards, wineries, museums and more. 

A great way to check out much of the Driftless Region is on the Wisconsin Great River Road, which showcases the area’s natural sights. While in the area, be sure to visit Taliesin near Spring Green and tour renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 800-acre estate.

For Historical & Outdoor Landmarks

In the Glacial Uplands region found in Southeast Wisconsin, enjoy an urban getaway in Madison and an outdoor refresh at one of many lakes or forests, like the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit and Lake Geneva, near the Lake Michigan Shoreline region. 

Madison is an experience in itself. Explore its art museums, breweries and historical landmarks, like the state Capitol building. On the water, kayak or canoe on one of the five lakes within the area. 

And you don't want to miss a hiking or backpacking adventure on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which spans over 1,000 miles, found in four of our six regions. The trail spotlights our state’s glacial landscapes following the last continental glacier in the state tens of thousands of years ago. 

Once you visit, you’ll want to come back and continue exploring the wonders of each of our regions.