Small waves lap against the sandy shoreline of Wisconsin's Rock Island State Park.

Rock Island State Park in Door County

Getting to Rock Island State Park, the most isolated state park in Wisconsin’s system, necessitates two ferry rides. When you get here, it’s a magnificent retreat: a small island, yes, but with delicious solitude, icy but gorgeous beaches, and the loveliest starry skies and sunrises in Wisconsin.

Atop the seventy-five foot high viewing platform overlooking the water.

Peninsula State Park in Door County

Deeded to the state in 1909, Peninsula is the second-oldest park in the state system and the most visited—it draws more visitors per year than Yellowstone National Park.

Split Rock Lighthouse is a Minnesota icon.

The Best of Minnesota in One Week

Since Minnesota is a big state, this seven-day tour is necessarily limited (even with all the driving involved), but it combines history, culture, technology, nature, arts, and world-class kitsch and highlights the variety that makes Minnesota such a wonderful place.

View along the shore of Whitefish Dunes State Park.

Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door County

Some say Whitefish Dunes State Park, eight miles northeast of Sturgeon Bay, is the most pleasant park in the state system. Decide for yourself with this overview of the park and its facilities.