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Scenic Byways

Experience the wonders of Wisconsin by following our Scenic Byways. 

These five non-interstate highway routes were put together by local communities and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to highlight the state’s stunning landscapes, historical landmarks, charming towns and other unique attractions that make for memorable rest stops. 

With over 600 miles of adventures waiting for you and your crew to explore, there’s so much to discover together. Follow the signs with Wisconsin’s state flower, the wood violet, towards unforgettable outings on these special roadways. 

Five One-of-a-Kind Routes 

Take a 250-mile journey with friends and family along the scenic Mississippi River on the Wisconsin Great River Road. This national scenic byway has been designated as an All American Road and weaves through 10 other states, but it’s only here you’ll find over 30 charming Wisconsin river towns ready to welcome you with lively festivals, tasty restaurants and awe-inspiring views.  

Weave through lush landscapes and spend quality time with loved ones in vibrant coastal communities on the 70-mile Door County Coastal National Scenic Byway. Explore by car, motorcycle or road bike to discover panoramic views of Lake Michigan, historic lighthouses, craft wineries and Peninsula State Park. 

Travel to Wisconsin's Driftless Region on the Lower Wisconsin River Scenic Byway to be transported back in time to an extraordinary landscape untouched by glaciers. This 100-mile route winds through bluffs, valleys and streams with plenty of parks and charming towns for to explore along the way. 

Immerse yourself in the impressive beauty of Northern Wisconsin by tracing the Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway. Take your time and soak up all the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has to offer, including plenty of opportunities to hike, kayak or mountain bike with friends. Stay in a cabin or at a campsite together on this 145-mile route for the full Up North Wisconsin experience. 

Journey to the very top of the state to follow the Lake Superior National Scenic Byway that gets you and your loved ones access to sandy beaches, the Apostle Islands, engaging museums and the first Native American-owned distillery in the U.S. Good times are guaranteed on this 70-mile roadway that offers jaw-dropping views and rich history everywhere you look. 

It’s About the Journey 

Whether your Wisconsin getaway lasts one day or two weeks, hopping on a Scenic Byway is a great way to explore the heart of some of the state’s most popular regions. Pack up the car with your favorite people and be prepared to be amazed by the surprising sights and experiences you can only find in Wisconsin.