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W i s c o n s i n ’ s D o o r Pe n i n s u l a The Enduring Charm of a ‘Kingdom so Delicious’ Article & Photography by Jennifer Merrick

The most wonderful thing about Door County is the perfect combination of wilderness and civilization,” reads a quote from the 1969 March issue of National Geographic. It is an article that would forever change this corner of Wisconsin, located on a 70-mile peninsula with Lake Michigan to the east and Green Bay to the west. Its 190 miles of shoreline, and the glacially-sculpted forested landscape is a vacationer’s dream, but before March 1969, the majority of Americans had never heard of it. That changed.

“Cape Cod on an inland sea,” the magazine wrote, and then described the blooms and bounties of the county’s cherry orchards, bountiful fish, high limestone cliffs, shipwrecks and scuba dives, as well as the enduring traditions of the Scandinavian and Icelandic descendants who make this region their home. When the article came out, visitors flocked here and some even stayed; and it’s remained a popular tourist destination to this day, especially for city escapees from Milwaukee and Chicago.

Discovering the Parks The peninsula is part of the Niagara Escarpment, a geological wonder known for its limestone cliffs, sculpture-like rock formations and waterfalls (the most famous one being Niagara Falls). The best places to appreciate this natural art in Door County are in its many parks, and a good place to start is Cave Point County Park. Here we listened to the hypnotic sound of Lake Michigan's waves crashing the bluffs while walking along the ledges and pebble beaches. The power of the water could be clearly

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Now in our 14th year of publishing, Canadian World Traveller explores the culture and history of worldwide destinations, sharing the advent...

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