Destination guide

Nature and culture near Wisconsin vacation home rentals

Enjoying a spot between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Wisconsin is full of relaxing vacation spots for hiking, boating or swimming. Stay in a Wisconsin vacation rental close to the lakes, and discover peaceful beaches with clear, shallow waters. Wisconsin is famous for cheese production, with cheese tours that let you sample some of the state's 600 varieties in small, artisanal shops. Milwaukee is the lively capital, with big modern museums, family attractions and a popular sports scene, with stadiums packed with fans on game day, whether it's football or basketball.

Things to do

Attractions near Wisconsin vacation homes

Milwaukee has a number of unique museums. The Harley-Davidson Museum is fun for bikers, or anyone who appreciates a cool machine, with motorbikes from across the different eras. This modern museum has interactive exhibits, and shiny bikes where you can sit and take a selfie. Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear is housed in a historic home, with every inch taken up by collectibles and historic artifacts. Make your way through the house and discover rooms that have been turned into an old-fashioned pharmacy, doctor's surgery and grocery store, letting you step back in time.

Activities

Things to do near Wisconsin vacation rentals

Wisconsin is set on a long stretch of the Lake Michigan shore. The Door County peninsula is covered in dense forest, with a rocky coastline where you'll find hidden sandy beaches. It's a popular spot for Wisconsin vacation rentals, with state parks where deer roam freely, and clear waters for swimming and boating. Kohler-Andrae State Park is a peaceful place to hike through forests and wetlands, spotting rare birds, before enjoying the sandy beach, surrounded by soft dunes and colorful wildflowers.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Wisconsin vacation homes

Wisconsin has 4 distinct seasons, with warm summers and freezing winters. In the summer, temperatures can hit the high-70s, but there are often short showers and thunderstorms. Spring and fall see mild temperatures, although the weather can be unpredictable and drop suddenly. Winters soon fall below freezing, especially close to Lake Michigan, so there's a threat of snow between November and March. This is good news for skiers, with plenty of snow on the slopes during the spring.

Natural features

Lakefront views and ski areas in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is known for its long lakefront areas, and, to the north, it borders on Lake Superior. You'll find waterside Wisconsin vacation rentals, ideal for a family break. You can take a boat to explore the uninhabited Apostle Islands, which have sea caves formed in volcanic rocks, and islands full of rare nesting birds. Wisconsin has dozens of ski areas, and Wilmot Mountain is a favorite with locals. With 23 runs and 2 terrain parks, this busy ski area has views across the Wisconsin mountains and forest and runs along the Fox River which is popular for boating.

Food and drink

Culinary culture in Wisconsin

Known as “America’s Dairyland,” Wisconsin is home to many artisan cheesemakers, dairy farms, and frozen custard producers. Colby cheese was first created in Wisconsin, and the state also played a role in Blue Marble Jack cheese, Limburger cheese, and Brick cheese. Friday Night Fish Fry traditions are popular in Wisconsin, particularly beer-battered walleye or perch. Whether you choose to try out artisan cheese or enjoy hearty Midwestern cuisine, you’ll find a range of culinary options near your vacation rental.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly fun near Wisconsin vacation homes

Wisconsin is filled with unique attractions for children of all ages. Vacation rentals are available near places like Kalahari Resorts Dells, a safari-themed resort with a water park, theme park, cinema, and bowling alley, and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a recreational park with islands, sandstone caves, and historic lighthouses. Kids will also enjoy the Milwaukee County Zoo, a wildlife park with animal exhibits, pony rides, a carousel, and a sea lion show.

Can I find a vacation rental around Wisconsin?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,540 vacation rentals near Wisconsin. From 1,484 Cabins to 2,599 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Wisconsin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Wisconsin?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wisconsin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Door County: 629 vacation rentals
  • Wisconsin Dells: 580 vacation rentals
  • Lake Geneva: 301 vacation rentals
  • Milw: 279 vacation rentals
  • Hayward: 341 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Wisconsin! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Wisconsin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin Dells: 580 rentals
  • Lake Geneva: 301 rentals
  • Milw: 279 rentals
  • Hayward: 341 rentals
  • Madison: 102 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Wisconsin?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Wisconsin are:

  • Hayward, WI (HYR-Sawyer County): 271 vacation rentals
  • Manitowoc, WI (MTW-Manitowoc County): 34 vacation rentals
  • Duluth, MN (SUW-Richard I. Bong): 77 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Wisconsin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Wisconsin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Devil's Lake State Park: 535 rentals
  • Lake of the Torches Casino: 334 rentals
  • Christmas Mountain: 520 rentals
  • Lambeau Field: 126 rentals
  • Mirror Lake State Park: 555 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Wisconsin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dells
580 vacation rentals
Lake Geneva
301 vacation rentals
Milw
279 vacation rentals
Hayward
341 vacation rentals
Madison
102 vacation rentals
Eagle River
568 vacation rentals
Minocqua
257 vacation rentals
Fish Creek
437 vacation rentals
Sturgeon Bay
138 vacation rentals
Green Bay
132 vacation rentals
Bayfield
143 vacation rentals
Egg Harbor
441 vacation rentals
Green Lake
92 vacation rentals
St. Germain
385 vacation rentals
Sister Bay
453 vacation rentals
La Crosse
68 vacation rentals
Sheboygan
162 vacation rentals
Delavan Lake
230 vacation rentals
Oshkosh
280 vacation rentals
Lake Delton
511 vacation rentals