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Lake Mendota, Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Summer Sunset Tour

If you’re looking for a theme for your summer vacation, why not end each day in a new city or town? While you’re at it, catch the sunset each night along these stunning shorelines and vistas. Wisconsin has lakes and rivers that brighten the evening skyline with reflected oranges, reds, and yellows that help you finish the day against a gorgeous backdrop. Here are a few places to watch nature at its finest:

Peninsula State Park

Famous for incredible views, not just for sunsets, but for enjoying the park’s natural beauty too. The park has an eight-mile shoreline to explore with kayaks, motorboats, and sailboats. Launch from the ramp at Nicolet Bay, paddle, sail or drift away the afternoon. Then catch the rays of the setting sun. By land, take a leisurely drive on Skyline Road and make a pit stop at one of the bluffs. Whether it’s a romantic view for two, or a moment on the water, this is a peaceful place to be.

Lake Mendota in Madison

Grab a cold beer on Memorial Union Terrace and put your feet up on one of the colorful chairs to wind down the day. The view is equally compelling from Tenney Park, where you’ll find others spending a quiet evening. The colors that bounce off the lake really brighten the evening sky. At the very end, a deep red often appears as the sun slips beneath the horizon.

Waterfront Park in Sister Bay

Enjoy the view in Door County’s largest public waterfront park, plenty of places to watch the gorgeous colors of the sun fade into the waterfront. The park features picnic tables, a large grassy area, a public pier, and a sandy beach. Bring the whole family for a picnic dinner!

Madeline Island’s Sunset

Sitting near the harbor, guests and locals alike enjoy the view of Bayfield and Wisconsin’s mainland off in the distance. It’s especially spectacular when the water is calm. Enjoy the sunset with fishing or sailboats as a backdrop. With much to offer on this island, take the ferry and spend the day. One of Wisconsin’s hidden gems, Madeline Island is the largest of the Apostle Islands.

Mississippi River

Grandad Bluff located in La Crosse, it has a panoramic picture of La Crosse and the Mississippi River from high on the bluffs. This 600-foot bluff makes for some spectacular photos of the sunset and landscape.

Sunset Park in Fish Creek

True to its name, Sunset Park is a perfect place to watch sunsets, located in downtown Fish Creek, grab a drink, dinner or some ice cream and then stroll down to see the sun go down at water’s edge. Take a seat along the stone wall, this place is a must see on your list for sunsets.

Catch the sunset each night along Wisconsin’s stunning shorelines. Wherever your travels take you, stop to enjoy the beauty of nature found in a Wisconsin sunset, and in the beautiful natural resources of the Badger State.

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