Green Lake, Wisconsin
This quaint fishing community is a water lover’s paradise. Swimming, sailing, canoeing, and waterskiing take center stage come summertime. Unwind at the Heidel House Resort and Spa, a year-round eco-friendly shoreside retreat. After a busy beach day, hit up the resort’s Evensong Spa. Here, you can relax in a eucalyptus steam room, indulge in an therapeutic massage, or walk the indoor labyrinth.
The area is home to Sand Ridge State Forest, the largest state forest in the state. The park spans grasslands, pine plantations, and sand with more than 44 miles of marked trail, you’ll find plenty of space to explore. Pitch your tent at one of 12 backcountry campsites located along the trails. The park is one of the few spots in the state that supports desert plants and animals (coyote, gopher, prickly pear cactus) as well as an interesting collection of birdlife (indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, and veery.)