5 days in Milwaukee & Door County Itinerary

5 days in Milwaukee & Door County Itinerary

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Milwaukee
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Sturgeon Bay
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Washington Island
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Milwaukee

— 1 night

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Grohmann Museum, then look for gifts at Wisconsin State Fair Park, then take an in-depth tour of Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, and finally see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Hill, then contemplate the long history of Old World Wisconsin, then contemplate the long history of Ten Chimneys, and finally admire the striking features of St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Milwaukee trip itinerary planning site.

Madison to Milwaukee is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Milwaukee can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sturgeon Bay.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Sturgeon Bay

— 2 nights
Sturgeon Bay is a city in and the county seat of Door County, Wisconsin, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Door County Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at The Garden Door, do a tasting at Door Peninsula Winery, then learn about winemaking at Lautenbach's Orchard Country, and finally stop by Wood Orchard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Door County Historical Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Off The Wheel Pottery, then enjoy the sea views from Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, then make a trip to Edgewood Orchard Galleries, and finally view the masterpieces at Popelka Trenchard Glass.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sturgeon Bay trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Milwaukee to Sturgeon Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Sturgeon Bay can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Washington Island.

Things to do in Sturgeon Bay

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Washington Island

— 1 night
Washington Island is located about northeast of the tip of Door Peninsula in Door County, Wisconsin. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Island Lavender Farm Market, then pause for some serene contemplation at Washington Island Stavkirke, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Schoolhouse Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Washington Island trip planner.

You can drive from Sturgeon Bay to Washington Island in 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Sturgeon Bay in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Washington Island, with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Door County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · State Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Door County owes its status as a top Midwest vacation destination to its 480 km (300 mi) of shoreline along Lake Michigan. Coupled with five scenic state parks, 11 lighthouses, and 80 cultural venues, the natural scenery dominates here. The region hosts several museums, theaters, and art galleries. Art classes and workshops serve as big draws throughout the year, while live music and plays fill the entertainment schedule.