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Door County is humbled to be recognized on a regular basis by organizations and media outlets as a wonderful place to visit and live. We make best-of lists for vacation and getaway destinations as well as attractions that include fall colors, fishing, and our small-town vibe. Here are some of them!

Best Destination for Fall Foliage - Door County, Wisconsin!

Door County was named the Best Destination for Fall Foliage in the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. Selected by popular vote, Door County beat out 19 other destinations from around the country to claim the top spot.

Door County Named to Trips to Discover Best-Of List

Door County was named one of the 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage Without The Crowds by Trips to Discover in a story from September, 2019. Check out the story online here.


Door County was named the top trip in the Midwest in a list of "20 Best Weekend Getaways from Every US Region" by TripAdvisor.

Door County was named to a list of "16 Incredibly Romantic Getaways in the Midwest" by TripAdvisor.


BEST WISCONSIN ATTRACTION - Door County took home the top spot in USA TODAY's 10Best contest for Best Wisconsin Attraction. Winners were announced on September 1, 2017. Door County was one of twenty attractions nominated for the award, and online voting determined the winner. Check out the full list, here.

Door County was voted one of "America's Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers" by American Craft Week on April 20, 2017 . More than 17,000 votes were cast as craft lovers voted for their favorite craft town.

Trips to DiscoverDoor County was named the top spot in a story titled "17 of the Most Spectacular Places Across the U.S. for Fall Colors" by In the story that posted on Sept. 2, 2014, Door County's picturesque lighthouses and charming towns were mentioned along with the county's incredible fall foliage. Check out the full story here.

Door County's very own Skyway Drive-In Movie Theater was named the top drive-in movie theater in the country! On July 30, 2014, TripAdvisor announced the 10 top drive-in movie theaters in the U.S., ranked according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index™, which takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews on TripAdvisor. View the media release announcing the winners here.


BassmasterSturgeon Bay was named the top spot in Bassmaster's 2014 annual rankings of America's best bass fisheries. For this ranking, Sturgeon Bay was considered the bay of Green Bay from Little Sturgeon to Fish Creek, a good portion of Door County's western coast, and topped the list of the 100 best bass lakes. Read the story on here.

fodors Door County was named one of the 10 Best Small Towns in America by Fodor's, who said in releasing their 2013 list that editors pored over the possibilities, ultimately picking the winners with draws like great local eats, interesting museums and cultural points and noteworthy natural attractions or outdoor adventures. The Door County section starts out with "Five state parks, 300 miles of shoreline, hundreds of non-chain shops, galleries and restaurants, all amid the beauty of Lake Michigan – need we say more?" Read the complete press release at here.

Hot list WinnerDoor County was selected as the Favorite Gas Tank Getaway in Northeast Wisconsin by viewers of CW 14 and FOX 11 in the TV stations' 2012 Hot List contest. Viewers nominated Door County as one of three finalists in the travel category and then voted Door County as the winner in this first-year contest. Door County's Cave Point County Park was also selected as a runner-up in the Hottest Place To Propose category, losing out to Lambeau Field.

Golfing MagazineDoor County was named Best Weekend Getaway in Midwest Golfing Magazine's 6th Annual Editors Choice Awards. The magazine said "Wisconsin's distinctive finger is an open door to golfing excellence."

Trip advisorNamed one of America's Top Ten Fall Foliage Destinations by Trip Advisor. More Info.

Discover boatingNamed one of America's Top Spots to Enjoy Fall's Favorite Colors from a Boat by Discover Boating. More Info.

"One of the Top Six Places in America to View Fall Foliage from a Boat" National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), October 2005.

Today Travel & LeisureDoor County was featured on NBC's Today Show in October of 2009 as one of the best fall foliage getaway destinations in the United States as selected by the editors of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Voted "Best Wisconsin Romantic Getaway Destination" 3 consecutive years Corporate Report Wisconsin Magazine, June 2005, 2006 & 2007. Voted one of the top three "Best Family Vacation Destinations" in Wisconsin. Corporate Report Wisconsin Magazine, June 2006 & 2007.

midwest livingVoted "Best Small Town Getaway in the Midwest" Midwest Living Magazine, June 2007.

World Wide Web received the World Wide Web Awards – "Gold" Award 200. "A clean and organized design, user friendliness, quality content and informative information for visitors. Its content is something that will interest any and all visitors, who visit their site."

Explore The Door. The Door County Visitor Bureau's cutting edge use of video podcasting technology to help promote tourism in Wisconsin's popular peninsula earned the organization a prestigious Wisconsin Tourism Trailblazer Award in November 2006. Join host Jon Jarosh in this award winning video travel show to get all sorts of great Door County activity & attraction ideas for your next trip.

Door County named a "Beach Buddy" National Resources Defense Council, August 2005 & 2006.

Wisconsin Trails"Forget Cape Cod – The Door Peninsula is a classic and classy getaway, any time of year."
Wisconsin Trails Magazine Features Door County, April 2006.

midwest livingVoted "Best Weekend Getaway Destination"; "Best Place to Watch a Sunset"; "Best Place to Find a Unique Gift"; Midwest Living Magazine, April 2003.

"One of the Top Ten Vacation Destinations in North America" Money Magazine, April 2002.

midwest livingVoted "Best Romantic Getaway for Two"; "Place in the Midwest We’d Most Like to Visit"; "Best Undiscovered Vacation Spot"; Midwest Living Magazine, April 2002.

family funVoted "Best Beaches in the Midwest" Family Fun Magazine, April 2002 & 2001.