Driving the scenic Door County Coastal Byway in Wisconsin
Door County Coastal Byway is a very scenic drive with stunning views across the beautiful Door Peninsula, in Door County, in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.
How long is the drive around Door County?
The scenic Door County Coastal Byway (DCCB) is totally paved. It’s 106km (66 miles) long and comprises highways 42 and 57 around the peninsula. The road is open all year round. It’s one of three Scenic Byways in the State of Wisconsin. The road begins north of Sturgeon Bay, following State Highway 57 north along one side of the Peninsula to Northport and Gills Rock at the very tip, and then heads south on State Highway 42 back to the starting point. It twists and turns like a snake, offering views of winding road and brilliant fall leaves.
Is Door County Coastal Byway scenic?
The drive is definitely worth it running along the Green Bay bluffs and through the dunes and bays of Lake Michigan. Don’t forget your camera! The route offers a range of resources and activities with scenic vistas of Lake Michigan, the Bay of Green Bay and the Niagara Escarpment bluffs, as well as dense forest, agricultural lands, and quaint shore-side towns and villages. Expect deep and abundant leaf color – sumac, maple, birch and oak – especially from Egg Harbor to Fish Creek, Ellison Bay to Northport, and in and near Baileys Harbor. Photographers love this spot, especially in the fall because the road is dripping with a mixture of northern hardwood, aspen and oak trees, with a few pine trees sprinkled in for a touch of green. Featuring three state parks, ten county parks and several lighthouses, the winding design of the road makes this route a fun one, perfect for a leisurely ride.