The state of Wisconsin and its near neighbors have a lot to offer, and you can get to any number of destinations with just a few hours of drive time. Head south to savor the big city life of Chicago, or north to the peace and quiet of the lake country.
Listed below are the mileages and estimated driving times to many of the popular destinations close to Milwaukee. Keep in mind that drive times may vary, especially during rush hour traffic or during summer construction season. Mileage is a close approximation using downtown Milwaukee as the starting point.
- From Milwaukee to Madison, WI
Distance: 80 miles
Driving Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Wisconsin's capital city is a straight shot west of Milwaukee, and a relatively short drive. Visit the University of Wisconsin - Madison, check out a Badgers game and browse the shops of State Street.
- From Milwaukee to Chicago, IL
Distance: 100 miles
Driving Time: 2 hours
Head due south and you'll hit Chicago. Enjoy a day Millennium Park, shopping, or checking out one of the city's wonderful museums.
- From Milwaukee to Green Bay, WI
Distance: 115 miles
Driving Time: 2 hours
Travel north to see the home of the Green Bay Packers, the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay or to take a dive into this city's namesake waters.
- From Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells, WI
Distance: 122 miles
Driving Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Wisconsin Dells is indeed the year-round "water park capital of the world." A must-do for families, or those that love tourist oddities.
- From Milwaukee to Door County, WI
Distance: 175 miles
Driving Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Door County is the summertime hot-spot of the state. Picturesque towns dot the peninsula and fun in the sun reigns.
- From Milwaukee to Minocqua, WI
Distance: 254 miles
Driving Time: 4 hours 18 minutes
Minocqua is another staple for summer fun in Wisconsin, though wonderful lakes and cottage homes can really be found all throughout the northern portion of the state. During the winter months, snowmobiling, skiing and other active-winter sports draw visitors.
- From Milwaukee to Indianapolis, IN
Distance: 274 miles
Driving Time: 5 hours
A five-hour drive will get you to one of the most famous car races in the world. Those not into racing will find a fascinating city of trails, parks and museums at the end of this road.