Wisconsin Trails came up with their list of Wisconsin’s best towns through an online survey of readers. Do you agree with the list below? Have other suggestions? Please let us know in the comments. And please share this post with anyone you think might be interested.
1. Best Green Town: Madison
Madison has one of the best urban bicyle systems in the country. Its residents are environmentally conscious. Runner-up: Bayfield
2. Best Outdoor Activities Town: Wausau
Rib Mountain skiing, Wisconsin river boating, Ice Age Trail hiking are just a few of the outdoor activities that readers mentioned. Runner-up: Eagle River
3. Best Harbor Town: Bayfield
Set on Lake Superior, Bayfield offers historic lighthouses, sea caves and Apostle Island National Lakeshore. Runner-up: Manitowoc-Two Rivers
4. Best Arts & Entertainment Town: Milwaukee
Summerfest, the Milwaukee/Calatrava Art Museum, a theater district, professional baseball & basketball and so much more. Runner-up: Madison
5. Best Foodie Town: Madison
The diverse university population leads to a unique mix of restaurants. Their farmer’s market is said to be the nation’s largest producers-only market. Runner-up: Milwaukee
6. Best Picture-Taking Town: Fish Creek
Thanks to picturesque views of Peninsula State Park, sunsets over the waters of Green Bay and small town charm, Fish Creek comes out on top. Runner-up: Bayfield
7. Best History Town: Mineral Point
Mineral Point was the first Wisconsin town to be listed on the National Registry of Historic places. High Street offers a wonderful mix of old buildings now housing numerous art galleries and shops. Visit Shake Rag Alley and Pendarvis for a look at Mineral Point’s mining past. Runner-up Cedarburg
8. Best Shopping Town: Appleton
Appleton’s mega-mall, the For River Mall, has 180 retailers and more in the surrounding area. Appleton has the highest concentration of retail outlets in Wisconsin. Runner-up: Lake Geneva
9. Best Family Get-Away Town: Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells was the clear winner with something for everyone: Waterparks, natural sights on the Wisconsin River and the casino nearby. Runner-up: Green Bay
10. Best Small Town: Egg Harbor
Just 250 people live here, though the visitor population surges in summer in this popular shopping town with unique shops, excellent restaurants and a marina on Green Bay. Egg Harbor is easy to enjoy by foot. Runner-up: Spring Green
11. Best Weekend Away Town: Kohler
Different from the family get-away, Kohler is a place to enjoy world class golf, dining, arts and the luxurious American Club. Runner-up: Kenosha
12. Best Up-North Town: Eagle River
Wisconsin’s Northwoods offers lakes, lakes, lakes. Eagle River is surrounded by the largest chain of inland lakes in the world. Unique shops and restaurants add to the small town charm. Eagle River narrowly won over runner-up Minocqua.
So what do you think? Does that list make you want to do some Wisconsin traveling of your own? We hope you do get to enjoy the many wonderful towns in Wisconsin. If there’s a place you really enjoy, chances are First Weber sells real estate there. Let us know if you’d like to look at vacation homes in your favorite Wisconsin spot.
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