3 Days in Wisconsin

Sometimes, you just need a quick getaway — three days in Wisconsin will do the trick if you're looking to experience new things and connect to what matters the most.

Bring the entire family along, reunite with friends who live states apart, or enjoy a long romantic weekend with your partner. Although three days isn’t enough time to hit up every Wisconsin treasure, you can always come back again and again.

So, pack your weekender bag because we have a couple of jam-packed three-day itineraries for you.

Northeast Exposure

From state-of-the-art arenas to family-friendly attractions and wondrous sunsets, three days in places like Green Bay and Door County will give you and your loved ones plenty to bond over on land and water. 

Day 1

Start your long weekend trip in Green Bay, and fuel up with breakfast at a local cafe or coffee shop before stopping by Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Once there, go on a guided stadium tour that takes you behind the scenes. Afterward, enjoy lunch at 1919 Kitchen & Tap, the on-site restaurant.

After lunch, hit up the Bay Beach Amusement Park, which has plenty of roller coasters and kiddie rides, or stop by the Children’s Museum of Green Bay, featuring dozens of interactive exhibits and programs. In the evening, gather your family and friends around the dinner table anywhere from breweries serving up delicious cuisine, including Copper State, to supper clubs, like Wally’s Spot.

Day 2

You can’t visit Wisconsin without exploring our forests and impressive aquatic gems. Luckily, just north of Green Bay is an enchanting world full of waterfalls.

Pack a picnic lunch and grab a quick breakfast before driving up to Marinette County, known as “the Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin,” for a good reason. The county boasts 15 waterfalls, including Strong Falls, and about half of them are part of the Marinette County Parks system. All are easily accessible and feature hiking trails, bridges and picnic areas with a backdrop of scenic falls, rivers and streams. 

After a day filled with adventure, return to Green Bay and rest up at your hotel before enjoying American cuisine in a casual setting at Plae Bistro. Reserve the chef’s table here and enjoy front-row views as the chef prepares six locally sourced courses.

Day 3

Another day means another scenic road trip. This time, drive up to Door County, a peninsula with pristine views of Lake Michigan, for a day of more relaxed outdoor fun. 

When you get hungry, you’ll find plenty of options, from waterside restaurants to pubs and even a train-themed eatery in Baileys Harbor called the PC Junction. Work off lunch on a short or long hike at our nature trails and preserves, including the Sunset Trail in Fish Creek. Depending on the season, you can visit a local orchard and pick fruit, including cherries, most ripe between mid-July to mid-August.

Then, grab dinner at the Log Den in Egg harbor, modeled after a log house with 10,000 square feet of space featuring a savory surf ‘n’ turf menu.

Southeast Comfort

For urban fun, American history and lake activities, spend a long weekend in or around our major southeast cities like Milwaukee and more. 

Day 1

Everywhere you look in downtown Milwaukee, you’ll find fun things to do with the entire family. 

Wake up early and enjoy a hotel breakfast before hitting the town and exploring nearby attractions, like Discovery World, a 120,000 square-foot science and technology museum on the shores of Lake Michigan. For an out-of-this-world experience, check out the MPM Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium.

Learn more about the city’s history on the Milwaukee City Tours, which offers walking, streetcar and hop-on, hop-off bus tours.

For lunch and dinner, enjoy locally crafted beer and delicious cuisine at the city’s breweries — Lakefront Brewery, Good City Brewing and City Lights, to name a few — along with legendary labels like Miller and Pabst. End the day with a stroll along the Riverwalk featuring shops, nightlife and restaurants before turning in for the night.

Day 2

Lake Geneva offers some of the most serene spots in south Wisconsin. 

Tour the lake on a mailboat, part of the Lake Geneva Cruise Line, which has delivered mail to lakeside homes for over a century. Then step ashore and explore the over 200 acres of forest and vast prairie at the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy

Complete the day with a luxurious treatment at Avani Spa inside The Abbey Resort.

Day 3

Spend your final day soaking up Badger State history in Madison

The Capitol building is a must-see attraction open for tours. The University of Wisconsin is a capital of culture with its very own Arboretum, which features three gardens and 17 miles of trails. The city is also home to the Henry Vilas Zoo, where you can connect with nature’s wildlife, big and small.

You may even have time to visit the House on the Rock attraction, about an hour-long drive from Madison, featuring dozens of unexpected exhibits, the world’s largest indoor carousel and more. 

Once you work up an appetite, grab lunch or dinner at a Madison hot spot like the Buck and Badger, which whips up made-from-scratch comfort food, or Harvest, offering a selection of dishes made using locally grown and organic ingredients.

Whichever region you choose to explore on your three-day vacation, you’ll feel like you’ve barely scratched the surface, and that’s okay. It just means you’re ready to plan your next Wisconsin getaway.

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