Location: Wisconsin, USA
Length: 88,5 miles (142 km)
Width: 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 10): 9
Operating times: open all year
via WI-57 N
Route: from Sturgeon Bay to Gills Rock and back to Sturgeon Bay
Door County Coastal Byway Description
Door County Coastal Byway is an excellent choice for both a scenic and exciting drive. This byway is located in Door County, in the U.S. state of Wisconsin and will show you the beautiful landscape around the peninsula.
By taking this drive, you will have the opportunity to explore all the shores of this peninsula, while driving on an entertaining winding road. The route begins in Sturgeon Bay and continues following State Highway 57 until reaching Gills Rock. After this, it heads back to the starting point, showing you the other side of the peninsula, following State Highway 42.
Since the Door County Coastal Byway is a popular route, there’s also a high amount of traffic. Many people come here to drive on this iconic curvy road. Try to go here during the low season to have the chance to exercise your hot shoe on the pedal. But keep in mind that there is a speed limit, so be careful no to overcome it.
A smooth drive
The asphalted road makes the drive even better. There’s nothing better than sliding on twists and turns on a smooth surface, surrounded by some amazing views. This byway will take you north of Northport, then south through the Baileys Harbour and to Jacksonport. Then you can head over to Juddvile and back to the starting point, in Sturgeon Bay. During all the way, the road will twist and turn like a snake.
Moreover, you will have the chance also to see some spectacular panoramic views. This is both a scenic and historic route, and it features many activities and places you can do and visit during your trip here. You will find here three state parks, ten county parks, as well as numerous lighthouses. Also, there are many picturesque towns worth a visit around the Door County Coastal Byway. And not forget to mention the scenic views of Lake Michigan, the Bay of Green Bay and the Niagara Escarpment bluffs, and the dense forest. Surrounding the road, you will get to see abundant leaves from trees such as sumac, maple, birch and oak.
The Door County Coastal Byway’s winding design makes this route a fun one, perfect for a leisurely ride. It’s a great opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape in the State of Wisconsin, so it pays to take it slow and enjoy the views.