Big vacations don’t always require a big budget. Wisconsin is home to easy-on-the-wallet destinations that are perfect for families, couples and friends who love a deal. Enjoy world-class art, stunning outdoor beauty and unforgettable cuisine without breaking the bank. Here are four Wisconsin destinations that offer a fantastic vacation value.
Beautiful forest scenery: check. Sparkling glacial lakes: check. Miles of woodland trails: check. Boulder Junction checks all the boxes for an outdoors adventure while offering all the amenities of an upscale resort destination. This is a place where you can start your day with a latte and finish it with a microbrew and a perfectly-cooked steak. Need a bike? High-end rides are available for rent. But this robust vacation experience is well within reach for value-conscious travelers. Boulder Junction is an affordable destination, with comfortable motels, cabins and resorts right in town that fit any budget.
Think you have to travel a thousand miles west to find a great, wild river? Think again. In scenic Rusk County, you’re never far from beautiful rapids and tranquil pools. In fact, the county is home to four wild rivers—the Chippewa, Flambeau, Jump and Thornapple. The rivers provide an unforgettable backdrop to getaways, offering outstanding paddling and fishing opportunities. Ladysmith is a good place to launch a river vacation, with delicious and affordable restaurants, comfortable lodging and free shoreside attractions like Ed’s Machine Shed – Wisconsin’s Plow Museum.
Just minutes from Milwaukee, West Bend is an easy-on-gas getaway that offers a blend of outstanding attractions, like the renowned 31,000-square-foot Museum of Wisconsin Art. It has nearly 5,000 works of contemporary and historic art and is the largest collection of Wisconsin art ever assembled. Admission to this amazing place starts at just $15 – and it’s good for a whole year! There’s also plenty to do outdoors in West Bend. The community is the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest and every summer it hosts the West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h, an annual event that draws geocachers from around the world. West Bend has ample affordable lodging options and restaurants in the heart of town.
Ideally located between the urban amenities of Madison and the picturesque rolling countryside of southeast Wisconsin, Fitchburg is a place that has it all. With plenty of affordable lodging options, the community is a great place to kick off a Madison-area getaway, but you may not want to leave town! Fitchburg is home to a growing arts scene, outstanding bike trails and attractions like Yahara Bay Distillers.