If your from Wisconsin, you’ve almost certainly heard about Door County, Wisconsin. If you’re from the upper Midwest, chances are pretty good you’ve at least heard the name, but maybe you’ve never seen it on a map.

We felt it was best not to assume you know how to get here.

Where is Door County, Wis.?

If you’re from the peninsula and someone asks, the easiest way to describe it is to hold up your hand and point to your thumb.

“If Wisconsin is a hand, Door County is the thumb sticking out into lake Michigan,” they’ll probably say.

The peninsula is about five hours up the Lake Michigan shoreline from Chicago, about three hours from Milwaukee, and four hours from Madison. If you’re flying here, you’ll likely land in Green Bay at Austin Strabel Airport. From there you’ll have an hour drive along Lake Michigan ahead of you (we suggest landing an hour before sunset to experience an entire drive up the peninsula under an orange glow. You’ll take Hwy 172 east to I-43 North, which you’ll take until exit 185 to Hwy54/ 57 north, which takes you all the way to Sister Bay.

The peninsula is surrounded by Lake Michigan to the east and Green Bay to the west, with nearly 300 miles of shoreline in all. Once you get north of Sturgeon Bay, you won’t be more than 10 minutes from the water again during your visit (and yes, that includes all stop signs and traffic).

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