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Trip Ideas

Spend a weekend with family hiking along the bluffs and exploring our waterways on a paddleboat. If you love shopping, you can fill up an entire trip with charming boutiques, antique shops and outlet malls. Maybe you want to get away from it all and relax — stay at any one of our world-class spas and golf resorts.

However you plan to spend your time here, we’ve got plenty of trip ideas to inspire your next unforgettable adventure to Wisconsin.


Relax In Peace

We all could use a break from the busy. And a wellness getaway — a chance to treat yourself and reconnect with those who matter most — is within reach in Wisconsin. 

Find peace and relaxation at Kohler Waters Spa at Lodge Kohler in Green Bay, which features a muscle-relaxing steam room and a plunge pool to cool off. Other spa services include therapeutic massages, hydrating facials and body wraps. If you’re staying in Madison, refresh your skin at Derma 180, where treatments range from custom facials to microdermabrasion.

Spend the day treating yourself or stay overnight at a spa resort and enjoy other wellness activities like hiking, forest bathing and more. 


Make A Quick Getaway

When you don’t have a lot of time but want to get away for a bit, Wisconsin is the place to go. Plan a weekend getaway or three days in Wisconsin with friends or family to major cities, like Madison and Milwaukee, or any of our charming small towns. Here, time slows down and quick getaways make lifelong memories.

Reunite with friends and family at a pro-level golf course before catching up at a craft brewery or winery. For a romantic holiday, book a stay at a private cottage or a cozy bed-and-breakfast. If you’re looking to unplug, plan a short family camping trip to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where you can explore sea caves by kayak or on foot. 

Add the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail to any quick retreat. The self-guided tour, spanning nine counties in southern Wisconsin, showcases the art and design of world-renowned Wisconsin architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Trust us — after a quick getaway in Wisconsin, you’ll want to come back to explore even more of the unexpected and unique attractions that make up our state.

Drink & Eat Your Way Through Wisconsin

Treat yourself to a culinary getaway and enjoy locally-made cheese, beer and wine.

Explore a Wisconsin delicacy on our curated cheese trail featuring several Wisconsin restaurants and shops that cater to the dairy item. Visit places like Fromagination in Madison and the state’s oldest cheese store — Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern in Monroe. 

Don’t miss tasting another Wisconsin specialty — beer. While drinking is only for the adults, our beer culture is for the whole family. Explore the history of beer’s biggest names, like the Miller Brewing Company, or catch up with friends in the spirited, welcoming atmospheres of other breweries across the state

For a different taste of Wisconsin, join a wine-filled excursion and explore area wineries on the Great River Road and Fox River Valley wine trails, among others. 


Enjoy a Shopping Spree

If shopping is your favorite vacation activity, you’re in luck. Wisconsin is home to dozens of boutiques, antique shops and outlet malls. 

From big-name stores like Coach and Columbia, The Shops at Oshkosh offers variety and bargains galore. For more unique items, shop at local flea markets and specialty shops found at charming shopping districts in our major cities and small-towns. Up North, explore Eagle River’s small downtown area, a shopper’s paradise with wide sidewalks and plenty of antique shops to get lost in. 

Over in the Wisconsin Dells, treat yourself to souvenir shops, candy stores and antique shops located in the heart of downtown. There’s even a fun shopping district in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward with everything from specialty shops, furniture markets and clothing stores. 

Whatever type of trip you desire, you’ll soon discover that fun has more than one meaning in Wisconsin.