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.

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

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    Slinger, WI

    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 ...
    •  115 miles
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    This 115-mile drive follows the Kettle Moraine, a long ridge of forested hills that mark where two great arms of the last ...

  • #2 Lake Michigan: Sand Dunes and Submarines

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    Manitowoc, WI

    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 ...
    •  50 miles
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    This drive tours the Lake Michigan shore from Sheboygan to Algoma, passing sand dunes, high bluffs, lighthouses, farms, and ...

  • #3 Lake Superior: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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    Bayfield, WI

    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, ...
    •  150 miles
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    For the simple, raw, powerful beauty of nature, perhaps nothing in Wisconsin can match the Apostle Islands found along the ...

  • #4 Door County: State Parks and Shoreline

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    Sturgeon Bay, WI

    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, ...
    •  130 miles
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    More than 250 miles of shoreline dotted with lighthouses and 40 islands await you on this 130-mile drive through Door County. ...

  • #5 The Lower Wisconsin River: Frank Lloyd Wright and Ancient Sites

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    Richland Center, WI

    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 ...
    •  100 miles
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    This 100-mile drive follows the Lower Wisconsin River from its confluence with the Mississippi River at Wyalusing State Park ...

  • #6 The Driftless Area: Trempealeau County

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    Whitehall, WI

    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 ...
    •  60 miles
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    This route runs like a roller-coaster ride through the heart of the Driftless Area, the hilly southwestern corner untouched ...

  • #7 Northern Highland American Legion State Forest: Lake Country

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    Rhinelander, WI

    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 ...
    •  105 miles
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    This 105-mile drive runs through the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest and the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation. ...

  • #8 Great River Road Part II: La Crosse to Dickeyville

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    Prairie du Chien, WI

    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 ...
    •  120 miles
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    This 120-mile drive follows the Mississippi River from La Crosse to Dickeyville, rolling past magnificent river bluffs and ...

  • #9 Janesville to Baraboo: Clowns, Trolls, and Terminal Moraines

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    Mount Horeb, WI

    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 ...
    •  115 miles
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    This 115-mile drive follows the curving line of hills from Janesville to Baraboo that marks the final extent of the last ...

  • #10 Namekagon River: St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

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    Trego, WI

    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 ...
    •  85 miles
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    This 85-mile drive follows the Namekagon River, one of the two branches of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, as it ...

  • #11 Great River Road Part I: Prescott to La Crosse

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    Fountain City, WI

    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 ...
    •  125 miles
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    The Great River Road (so named in 1938) follows the Mississippi River from its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to the ...

  • #12 Great Divide National Scenic Byway: Into the Woods

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    Hayward, WI

    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 ...
    •  47 miles
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    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) ...

  • #13 Wisconsin Highway 54: Cranberry Country

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    Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    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 ...
    •  90 miles
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    This drive follows the highway from Black River Falls to Hartman Creek State Park near Waupaca. Central Wisconsin’s cranberry ...

  • #14 Great Divide Highway

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    Glidden, WI

    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 ...
    •  29 miles
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    A 29-mile paved highway through forests and rolling hills, past lakes, streams, and marshes. Located in the middle of the ...

  • #15 Wausau and Environs: Smack Dab in the Middle

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    Wausau, WI

    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 ...
    •  130 miles
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    This drive wanders through the part of the state I know best, the rolling hills of central Wisconsin around Wausau. Starting ...

  • #16 Wisconsin Dells: Failed Canals and Ancient Lakeshores

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    Tomah, WI

    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. ...
    •  95 miles
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    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 ...

  • #17 St. Croix River: Prescott to Riverside

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    Somerset, WI

    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 ...
    •  130 miles
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    The St. Croix River has two faces—the lower and the upper. The lower St. Croix (from Prescott to St. Croix Falls) is dotted ...

  • #18 Heritage Drive

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    Eagle River, WI

    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 ...
    •  15 miles
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    A scenic drive through a hardwood forest in a region rich in history. Heritage Drive consists of two connecting roads that ...

  • #19 U.S. Highway 12: Black River Falls to Hudson

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    Menomonie, WI

    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 ...
    •  120 miles
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    This drive starts in Black River Falls and follows the main highway northwest to Willow River State Park, near Hudson. Special ...

  • #20 Lakewood Auto Tour: Nicolet National Forest

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    Lakewood, WI

    This drive follows the 65-mile Lakewood Auto Tour developed and maintained by the Nicolet National Forest. The roughly circular route explores the forest and forest industries past and present ...
    •  65 miles
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    This drive follows the 65-mile Lakewood Auto Tour developed and maintained by the Nicolet National Forest. The roughly circular ...