Door County, Wisconsin
Why? You can explore over 300 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Green Bay in Door County, all speckled with lovely communities and the friendliness the midwest is known for that will make you feel like you stepped into a Hallmark movie.
And while you’re here, don’t forget to peek through the periscope at Door County Maritime Museum to see fantastic views of Sturgeon Bay. You can also enjoy biking, hiking, and kayaking along the Mink River Estuary.
You’ll love the classic Skyway Drive-In if you have the time. And be sure to stop in at Wilson Ice Cream Parlor to taste the creamy treats served at the old-fashioned soda fountain. Overall, it’s a perfect midwest spot for a quick vacation.
Budget Hack: To gain a new appreciation for nature at Wisconsin’s oldest private nature preserve, guided hikes are free for kids under 18 and only $5 for adults at Ridges Sanctuary.
Where To Stay: Julie’s Park Cafe & Motel has several options for budget-friendly lodging, including condos and cottages for under $125 during peak season with multiple bedrooms in Fish Creek.