LOCALS HAVE KNOWN THIS FOR GENERATIONS, but the secret is starting to get out: There’s so much more to Wisconsin than cheese. Bordered by Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Wisconsin is known for its diverse topography within the Great Lakes region. Mountain peaks, lakes, rivers and rapids, forests and hot springs, waterfalls and sandy plains — the landscape of for being outdoors. Here’s a few more reasons why Wisconsin is worth a visit.

1. You can enjoy the countryside of the Wisconsin Great River Road.

Morning River Road Walk de Malinda Tamlyn en 500px.com


2. You can explore the Apostle Island ice caves at Lake Superior, Cornucopia.

Ice cave hikers de Susanne von Schroeder en 500px.com

3. And you can respect their stunning beauty in person.

Apostle Islands Ice Cave de Yinan Li en 500px.com


4. You can wake up to mornings like this in Milwaukee.

Amazing Grace de Phil Koch en 500px.com

5. Or to a sunrise over Willow River State Park, Hudson.

Glimmering Fields de Cassandra Oldenburg en 500px.com


6. And of course, there’s always Port Washington.

The Port de Josh Eral en 500px.com

7. Enjoy some of the Great Lakes region’s unique architecture. Strole through the grandeur and opulence of The Basilica of St. Josaphat, Lincoln Village, Milwaukee.

Basilica of St. Josaphat


8. You could end your day with a little fishing on Wapogasset Lake in Polk County.

Morning cast de Chad Briesemeister en 500px.com

9. Fall hues of Clear Lake in Polk County ain’t so bad.

Autumn at the park II de Chad Briesemeister en 500px.com


10. In fact, fall is stunning throughout the state.

Fall Magic de Dreamyguy en 500px.com

11. Visit the rocky coastlines, such as that of Door County.

Cave Point Daybreak de Kenneth Keifer en 500px.com


12. Enjoy a spot of evening swimming in Madison.

Summer Night at the Terrace de Karl Soehnlein en 500px.com

13. Stroll down pontoons of Wisconsin’s various marinas such as Racine Harbor.

Lighthouse de Elena Kovalevich en 500px.com


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