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Featuring Lake Michigan & Lake Winnebago, the East Central region of Wisconsin takes adventure to a whole new level. From freshwater surfing to ice fishing and golf courses to museums, this area truly has something for everyone.

Start your trip with a visit to the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area, a coastal destination with a deep maritime history. Known as Wisconsin’s “Maritime Capitol”, Manitowoc’s Wisconsin Maritime Museum captures the history of the city on Lake Michigan and the entire great lakes region. Learn about Manitowoc’s shipbuilding past and submarine efforts during WWII while exploring the museum. After a day of history, head over to Neshota Beach to enjoy the refreshing breezes off Lake Michigan or explore the State forest, 3,000 acres of campgrounds, trails, beaches, and the scenic Rawley Point Lighthouse. On your way to discover the rich history of East Central Wisconsin, be sure to journey through Sheboygan—nicknamed the “Malibu of the Midwest” due to its endless popularity for paddle boarding, surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking. Adventure doesn’t end on the water! After a day of hitting the waves, make your way over to the Whistling Straits golf course— future home of the Ryder Cup (to be hosted on Sept. 21-26, 2021). Prestigious courses such as Whistling Straits and The Bull at Pinehurst Farms have secured the Sheboygan area as one of the top golf destinations in the world.

After conquering the shoreline of Lake Michigan, head over to Elkhart Lake, a summer resort town turned into a year-round travel destination. While you’re there, enjoy a stay at The Osthoff Resort. Nestled along the shoreline of the pristine Elkhart Lake, this AAA Four Diamond property features spacious suite accommodations, lake view restaurants, and Aspira Spa. With 500 feet of private beachfront and seasonal live music events on the lakeside deck, no wonder the 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards for the Condé Nast Traveler Magazine ranked this resort as #5 in the “Top Resorts in the Midwest” category.

This pristine getaway is just what you need before venturing to the next destination you are sure to love—the Fox Cities-Greater Appleton area. This group of cities is comprised of nineteen distinct, vibrant communities known for original spaces, places, and experiences along the Fox River and Lake Winnebago. With scrumptious food, one-of-a-kind shopping, adventure-ready outdoor spots, and illuminating arts, culture, and events, you will be inspired to “find your original” while exploring the area. After visiting Appleton, head south along Lake Winnebago and savor the simple life. Indulge in the embrace of genuine hospitality in Oshkosh. Near the heart of Wisconsin and surrounded by inviting waters providing yearround opportunities to explore the outdoors, the downtown historic district offers lively entertainment, one-of-a-kind attractions, and scenic waterfront dining. Visit for the events and stay for everything else. Oshkosh is a fishing paradise, a pilot’s dream, a kid’s playground, a foodie’s delight, a shopping destination, and a family vacation all in one—check out the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau to plan your next adventure.

Begin your adventure now by planning a trip to East Central Wisconsin! WisconsinLodging.org