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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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Ranked #66 of 719 Attractions in Wisconsin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Forests, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping
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Owner description: A cluster of 21 islands dotting the waters of Lake Superior; great for hiking, boating and camping.
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Leland, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

There weren't enough shops on the island to make the trip worth a second visit. There used to be more.

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Germantown, Wisconsin
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Hiked the Lakeshore trail in early September after a very rainy week with my husband and 2 dogs. Thank you so much to the people who built the new boardwalk over the first .9 miles. From what I could see the mud would have made the trail nearly impossible to hike or at least pretty miserable without it. The section... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Spent a long weekend at Sand Bay Campground. It is run by the Town of Russell Wi. It has pay showers and shares a restroom with the National Park facility. Lots of Kayaks and boats in the marina and campground. The campground offers wood at the host station. We had an enjoyable time. Lots to do in the area. Fish... More

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Vermillion, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was our second summer vacation to the Apostle Islands. It's just so gorgeous there! We aren't the hiking/kayaking type, but still found plenty to keep us busy. Bayfield is a friendly little town that is just so fun to stroll around. Last year we kept pretty much only to Bayfield -- boat rides, ferry to Madeline Island, eating, and... More

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Carlsbad, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Best way to see the park in the summer would be to hike some of the islands or to kayak. Can be a bit buggy so pack plenty of bug spray. Islands have many black bears and bald eagles as well. Definitely worth it if you are in northern Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

There is a separate entry for the ice caves at the Lakeshore http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60721-d6478204-Reviews-Apostle_Islands_National_Lakeshore_Ice_Caves-Bayfield_Wisconsin.html This review is about the islands, the wet Lake Superior and historic lighthouses. Perhaps each lighthouse or island needs its own TA entry, but lets start here. It is a National Park, so there is a wonderful website with all the official info about visits (and rules).... More

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

During a recent trip to Wisconsin, my husband and I decided to drive up to the Bayfield Peninsula and take the drive around Hyw 13. It certainly looked, on the map, like it would be a pretty drive, and Bayfield had been reviewed pretty well. I wouldn't say it was necessarily a waste of time, but for our age group,... More

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I have skippered sailboats here twice over Labor Day Weekends. Very easy and peaceful sailing around forest covered islands hosting 150 year old lighthouses in a National Park with NPS rangers and all. the absolute perfect weather for sailing in Aug-Sept. many great lifelong memories on these islands.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This was the first year since 2009 that the ice caves were accessible to visitors and we were dying to go. After several failed attempts at seeing the ice caves this winter (due to snowstorms, bad roads conditions, etc.), we were finally able to make the 4 hour drive to the caves on the last day the park was open.... More

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I rounded my friend-girl up and went up and we made the 3.5 hr journey towards Lake Superior. The drive is quite boring because almost everything in every town that you pass through is “Closed for the Season.” Lame. A word of advice if I may, I would not attempt this trip during bad road conditions. The area is full... More

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