Like many people who enjoy camping, we often find places to drive our RV that are close to home, maybe within a few hours. That way we can go for a weekend and not spend a lot of time driving. However, about once a year we decide to load up the motorhome and make the trek to a highly recommended location. This year, that place was Door County, WI.
Not everyone enjoys camping and it often seems that those who love it also have a desire for great scenery. That is exactly what we got when we went to Door County. From rolling hills, to tall bluffs, picturesque sunsets, and miles of trees, Door County has just about every type of landscape you could imagine. Since it sits on a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan it also has some fantastic views of the water along with tons of opportunities for recreational activities.
In addition to the scenery, another reason everyone should visit Door County is the atmosphere. While it is a tourist destination it never felt as if we were surrounded by the hustle and bustle of hundreds of people trying to be in the same place at the same time. Yes, there were times we had to wait for a table or had to go around several blocks to find a place to park, but it still always felt peaceful and relaxing. Everyone visiting was there to unwind and even the tour guides and shop owners seemed to take life at a slower pace.
While it is possible to visit Door County and not be on a camping trip as there are numerous resorts and bed and breakfast locations to choose from, our RV trip was the only way to go for us. Not only was the drive beautiful but we were able to travel in one vehicle with our entire family of 6 and we could all stay in one place for a minimal price.
We spent most of our stay in Peninsula State Park located in Fish Creek, WI. It was a very reasonable price of $22 a night for an electrical site along with the $35 entrance fee for out of state vehicles. Since we pull the car with us for day trips we also had to get a park entrance sticker so we could come and go as we wanted. With the beautiful scenery, numerous activities available right within the park, and the serene setting, we will definitely be visiting Peninsula Park for another family camping excursion.
Another reason we would recommend Door County for a camping trip is the weather. Since it is surrounded by two large bodies of water, the temperature there was extremely mild. Even in the middle of August we never had temps above 90, in fact most days barely reached 80, and at night it cooled down to about 50. We were able to sit outside all day and night and even needed to have a campfire on several occasions to stay warm. The cool climate was perfect for sleeping with the windows open letting in the fresh air and outdoor sounds. And during the day we could enjoy all kinds of recreational and physical activities without ever being too hot.
Whether you enjoy camping or not, Door County is a great place to visit for lots of other reasons too. The small towns along the shore are filled with quaint shops and delicious restaurants to pick and choose from. There are tons of outdoor activities to do including kayaking, zip-lining, bike riding, or parasailing. Door County is also filled with interesting history and landmarks to enjoy.
If you are looking for a great place to take your motorhome, travel trailer, or just pitch a tent, Door County should be on the top of your list.