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Get ready for a twisty-curvy ride that is a must if you are in the area. There will be no hurrying on this trip. Take Wisconsin 57 North out of Green Bay, heading toward the Sturgeon Bay area. The scenery along the waterway is incredible and never-ending. You’ll pass through scenic Chapel Ridge, Edgewater Beach, and Brussels (no not the one in Belgium!). Follow the signs to Idlewild, through Sawyer Harbor.
You will have to backtrack a bit to get cross over Sturgeon Bay after taking a break to admire the majestic views at Idlewild. As you head back to Interstate 57 N/Wisconsin 42 North, your next stop will be Egg Harbor, a small resort community between the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Continue east to Bailey’s Harbor, and then directly north on I-57 through Sister and Ellison Bay, over to Interstate 42 to the tip of the thumb at Gills Rock, where you will definitely need to get off your bike to enjoy this breathtaking view.
DISTANCE: 102 Miles | START: Green Bay, Wisconsin | END: Gills Rock, Wisconsin
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Calling all water lovers – This trip is full of one marina, one bay, one spectacular view after another. With Green Bay on one side and Lake Michigan on the other, you will be amazed that each view is better than the last as you zigzag from the west coast to the east coast.
Starting north out of Green Bay, you immediately see awesome views and know this trip, although only roughly 100 miles, will take some time. Stopping along the way at Benderville, or a bit farther north at Bayshore County Park is a good idea for your first stop. This is a perfect place for a picnic and offers scenic hiking trails that follow the ledge of the escarpment - a geologic formation created years ago.
Continuing north up to Idlewild, and on over Sturgeon Bay, water activities abound. Fishing, boating, kayaking and even rock skipping await you here. Your ride up to the tip of this gorgeous piece of land is a nice ride, but be prepared for some twisting, windy roads.
You will pass through Egg Harbor where you can tour cheese factories, do some hiking and snowmobiling, if you are a winter visitor. Out of Egg Harbor and farther north is Sister Bay and Ellison Bay, offering more of the same yet each a unique setting. Ellison Bay even offers a wooden walkway/observation deck that leads safely to the edge of sheer, 100-foot limestone bluffs.
As you finish up this journey at Gills Rock, the tip of the thumb, find your inner explorer and do some scuba diving, searching for some lost treasures in all those shipwrecks nearby.