Travel Ideas: The Best Day Trips From Wisconsin

Wisconsin is rich with activities and destinations that are perfect for day trips, such as visiting a park, going spelunking, or taking a ride in a hot air balloon.

If you are a resident of Wisconsin, or even if you are just a visitor, there are plenty of day trips within your reach. The natural beauty of the Wisconsin area is boundless - there are forty-seven parks, thirteen forests, and thirty-four trails. Here are a few of the top trips and activities to enjoy alone, with a special someone, with a group of friends, or with your family.

Amnicon Falls State Park in Superior, Wisconsin will provide you will a wonderfully scenic view of breathtaking waterfalls and rapids. You can walk along the Amnicon River on trails or from a covered foot bridge. The foot bridge, also referred to as Horton Bride, is fifty-five feet long and it runs along the river at the Lower Falls. It was named after Charles M. Horton in the late 1800s, when Horton designed this and many other bowstring-style bridges. The foot trails are rocky, so make sure you have proper footwear, and if you are accident-prone, take the historic bridge instead. You can also picnic at this beautiful site, and you can learn about the Douglas Fault, which is the geographical formation that created the falls. The Douglas Fault was a string of earthquakes that happened about a half billion years ago, and when you visit Amnicon Park, you will be able to see first-hand the evidence of the quakes - solidified lava, the formation of sandstone, etc.

Another fabulous Wisconsin attraction is Whitefish Dunes State Park, located in Sturgeon Bay. This park, which was established in 1967, is on the Door County Peninsula. This is the most visited park in all of Wisconsin. Whitefish Dunes State Park boasts a lovely view of Lake Michigan, which you can walk alongside. They also feature guided tours with different focuses, including history, geology, and ecology. The forested sand dunes are stunning, and in the winter, there is space for skiing. This is a great day trip destination, no matter what the season.

Hot-air balloon rides are a great activity to enjoy in Wisconsin. This can be a romantic experience, as well as a fun family outing. WindDancer Balloon Promotions is a company located in Waukesha, and they operate all year round. Balloon flights last about an hour. Elusive Dream Balloons is another hot-air balloon company, and this one is located in Oxford, Wisconsin. If you want a more lavish ride in the sky, try the Lake Geneva Balloon Company. They offer champagne-catered flights over the scenic Lake Geneva countryside, and the sunset flights are especially romantic.

A spelunking day trip in Wisconsin is a great idea. Spelunking, or caving, is not something that you should try to learn independently. Rather, you should opt for a guided learning tour. Ledge View Nature Center, located in Chilton, is one of the best places to visit for a guided cave tour. You can choose between a two-hour walking tour which is not very physically challenging, or you can opt for the adventurous tour, which will give you a more hands-on look into at the hobby of spelunking. Ledge View is only open for tours on the weekends.

Wisconsin has a lot to offer to those who enjoy fishing, or even to the novice fisherman. Lake Tahoe is a terrific fishing choice, but fishing is only allowed during odd-numbered years, so plan accordingly. The fish that you are most likely to catch are rainbow trout. Wherever you go to fish, check the regulations, as they change somewhat frequently. The authorities in Wisconsin do their best to preserve the natural life and beauty of the state, and that is why there are often so many regulations to follow - it's for the good of the environment.

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