Door County Coastal Byway connects a multitude of unique natural and recreational attractions. For the Door County Peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin, a combination of geology, two major bodies of water, and geography create an ecosystem that is globally recognized for its diversity and its many rare and endangered species of plants and animals. These natural features provide travelers a wide array of active recreational options, from fishing and water-based activities to hiking and land-based activities. For those looking for a slower pace, the byway offers leisurely drives and parks with water views. The byway allows visitors to navigate and enjoy the more than 25 state and local nature preserves, plus the three state parks, ten county parks, and numerous local parks found along the byway. The charming coastal communities offer a wide array of visitor amenities along the byway.
Throughout history, the Mississippi River influenced many lives: the Dakota, Chippewa, and Hopewell cultures; early French voyagers; African-Americans seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad; and many more. Through its charming river towns and metropolitan cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts, today s Great River Road still links resources, people, and history.
The Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway follows the shoreline of the largest freshwater lake in the world and provides access to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and abundant opportunities for recreation along the way. The route starts at the Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Ashland and stretches along the Lake Superior shoreline. The byway brings travelers to the sandy beaches of the Port Wing Boreal Forest and hiking opportunities at Twin Falls hiking trail. The mouth of the Brule River, located within Brule River State Forest, is a world famous trout stream and wilderness area where five presidents have visited. The Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway holds an abundance of pristine natural features and recreational opportunities, making the byway an outstanding destination for all travelers looking for outdoor recreation and scenic beauty.