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.

A woman walks down a trail in a grassy field at the Point Reyes Seashore.

Visiting the Point Reyes National Seashore

The Point Reyes area boasts acres of unspoiled forest and beach country. Get info on the park’s visitor centers, its historic lighthouse, as well as how to get there for those seeking a day trip from San Francisco.

Two chestnut colored ponies walk along the sand by the rolling waves.

Visiting Assateague Island

While Assateague is perhaps best known for its resident herd of wild ponies, the island is also home to a beautiful 37-mile beach, dunes, wetlands, and marsh. Read about camping, birding, and more on Assateague Island.

A view of Toronto from the Ward's Island Ferry.

Visiting the Toronto Islands

Just a short ferry ride across the harbor from downtown, the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario are the city’s backyard. Learn about the different islands and plan to escape the urban bustle by lounging at the beach, cruising around by bike or kayak, or having a picnic.