Door County, WI
Distance from Milwaukee: 153 miles, 2.25-hour drive
Why it made our list: Door County is what makes up the thumb in the hand of Wisconsin, and it’s an outdoors lover’s paradise. There’s camping, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, and probably lots of other things we can’t think of right now. If hanging out around a campfire with your buddies after drinking Old Fashioneds at the closest supper club is your kind of thing, then this place is great. There’s also tons of cherry desserts since there are 2,500 acres of orchards, and lots of fish boils, which is like a showier, buttery-er version of the Wisconsin fish fry.
Pro tip: Take a haunted trolley pub crawl in Egg Harbor. You’ll tour and learn about some of the area’s haunted pubs and taverns, while of course stopping to drink at them.
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Lacey Muszynski is a Milwaukee native who loves the Dells just as much now as when she was a kid (except for that one time she got heat stroke at Noah’s Ark). Follow her @worthhersalt.