Best Scenic Drives in Wisconsin

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Wisconsin. Use this list to plan your next Wisconsin scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive: Kettle Moraine State Forest


This 115-mile drive follows the Kettle Moraine, a long ridge of forested hills that mark where two great arms of the last glacier butted up against each other. The route follows the Kettle Moraine Sce…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Slinger, WI - Scenic Drives - 115 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view allBestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Lake Michigan: Sand Dunes and Submarines


This drive tours the Lake Michigan shore from Sheboygan to Algoma, passing sand dunes, high bluffs, lighthouses, farms, and museums. The area’s flavor and history are closely tied to the lake through…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Manitowoc, WI - Scenic Drives - 50 miles
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#3. Lake Superior: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore


For the simple, raw, powerful beauty of nature, perhaps nothing in Wisconsin can match the Apostle Islands found along the shore of Lake Superior north of Ashland. These twenty-two islands, twenty-one…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Bayfield, WI - Scenic Drives - 150 miles
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#4. Door County: State Parks and Shoreline


More than 250 miles of shoreline dotted with lighthouses and 40 islands await you on this 130-mile drive through Door County. Limestone bluffs, rocky shores, dairy farms, cherry and apple orchards, an…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Sturgeon Bay, WI - Scenic Drives - 130 miles
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#5. The Lower Wisconsin River: Frank Lloyd Wright and Ancient Sites


This 100-mile drive follows the Lower Wisconsin River from its confluence with the Mississippi River at Wyalusing State Park to Sauk City. The river has cut a deep, bluff-lined valley through the hill…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Richland Center, WI - Scenic Drives - 100 miles
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#6. Northern Highland American Legion State Forest: Lake Country


This 105-mile drive runs through the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest and the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation. The area has one of the highest concentrations of lakes in the world. Th…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Rhinelander, WI - Scenic Drives - 105 miles
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#7. Great River Road Part II: La Crosse to Dickeyville


This 120-mile drive follows the Mississippi River from La Crosse to Dickeyville, rolling past magnificent river bluffs and corn-filled upland prairies. Much of the length of the river along this drive…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Prairie du Chien, WI - Scenic Drives - 120 miles
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#8. Janesville to Baraboo: Clowns, Trolls, and Terminal Moraines


This 115-mile drive follows the curving line of hills from Janesville to Baraboo that marks the final extent of the last Ice Age glacier. This border land between the glaciated southeastern part of th…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Mount Horeb, WI - Scenic Drives - 115 miles
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#9. The Driftless Area: Trempealeau County


This route runs like a roller-coaster ride through the heart of the Driftless Area, the hilly southwestern corner untouched by the glaciers that scraped across the rest of the state. This rolling upla…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Whitehall, WI - Scenic Drives - 60 miles
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#10. Namekagon River: St. Croix National Scenic Riverway


This 85-mile drive follows the Namekagon River, one of the two branches of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, as it winds its way through northwestern Wisconsin. There are few towns but many reso…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Trego, WI - Scenic Drives - 85 miles
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#11. Great River Road Part I: Prescott to La Crosse


The Great River Road (so named in 1938) follows the Mississippi River from its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico. Marked by signs showing green steamboat wheels on a white ba…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Fountain City, WI - Scenic Drives - 125 miles
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#12. Great Divide National Scenic Byway: Into the Woods


If you’re looking for a vast expanse of forest, you’re in the right place. The town of Clam Lake (blink and you’re past it) is about the only interruption of the trees on this route. The drive approxi…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Hayward, WI - Scenic Drives - 47 miles
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#13. Great Divide Highway


A 29-mile paved highway through forests and rolling hills, past lakes, streams, and marshes. Located in the middle of the Chequamegon National Forest, the Great Divide Highway travels an obscure line…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways East & South"
Glidden, WI - Scenic Drives - 29 miles
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#14. Wausau and Environs: Smack Dab in the Middle


This drive wanders through the part of the state I know best, the rolling hills of central Wisconsin around Wausau. Starting at the waterfalls and rocky river trails of Dells of the Eau Claire County…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Wausau, WI - Scenic Drives - 130 miles
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#15. Wisconsin Dells: Failed Canals and Ancient Lakeshores


This 95-mile drive follows the highway as it runs along the border between the flat lands to the east (the bed of what was once a huge lake) and the hilly lands of the Dirftless Area to the west. Star…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Wisconsin"
Tomah, WI - Scenic Drives - 95 miles
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#16. Wisconsin Highway 54: Cranberry Country


This drive follows the highway from Black River Falls to Hartman Creek State Park near Waupaca. Central Wisconsin’s cranberry country is a wide, sandy wetland that was once the bed of a huge Ice Age l…
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Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Scenic Drives - 90 miles
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#17. St. Croix River: Prescott to Riverside


The St. Croix River has two faces—the lower and the upper. The lower St. Croix (from Prescott to St. Croix Falls) is dotted with river towns that began as ferry points and lumber mills. On rolling hil…
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Somerset, WI - Scenic Drives - 130 miles
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#18. U.S. Highway 12: Black River Falls to Hudson


This drive starts in Black River Falls and follows the main highway northwest to Willow River State Park, near Hudson. Special attractions: Dells Mill Museum, Beaver Creek Reserve and Wise Nature Cent…
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Menomonie, WI - Scenic Drives - 120 miles
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#19. Iron County: Copper Falls State Park to Arrowhead Drive Bridge


The Gogebic Iron Range, stretching from Lake Namekagon east 80 miles to Bessemer, Michigan is known for two things: iron ore and waterfalls. This 80-mile drive takes you bushwhacking through the Iron…
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Hurley, WI - Scenic Drives - 80 miles
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#20. Heritage Drive


A scenic drive through a hardwood forest in a region rich in history. Heritage Drive consists of two connecting roads that form a Y shape. Freshwater lakes and forests of northern hardwoods and pines…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways East & South"
Eagle River, WI - Scenic Drives - 15 miles
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