The town dubbed 'Best in the Midwest' is now among the 16 best small towns in America. Discover which Wisconsin lake town provides the best outdoor escapes and some of the finest golf courses in the country.

Most Popular Destinations in the Midwest

Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and other big cities usualy get all the attention, and they make great getaways, but I like the way it feels to get lost amongst the outdoor scenery not amongst a million people.

If you like something a bit quieter and slower, a town where you have space to relax and enjoy relaxing walks, hikes, or a breezy bike ride, I've found a great place on Lake Michigan that more than checks all the boxes.

My wife and I love to take overnight road trips to different golf courses and this is next up on our list.

A town with several good dining spots doesn't hurt, and this town even has a AAA Five-Diamond restaurant.

16 Best Small Towns in America

Kohler, Wisconsin

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According to Travel & Leisure, one of those 16 towns is Kohler, Wisconsin


A road trip to Kohler will take you only 2 hours and 25 minutes from the Rockford, Illinois area.

Beautiful Natural Scenery

Kohler is surrounded by picturesque landscapes, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. From the rolling hills of the golf courses to the serene lakefront views, you'll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature. The nearby Kohler-Andrae State Park offers trails for hiking, bird-watching, and beachcombing along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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World-Class Golf Courses

Kohler is home to some of the best golf courses in the world, particularly at the Destination Kohler Resort. The Whistling Straits course, which has hosted multiple PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup, offers a challenging and scenic golfing experience along the shores of Lake Michigan. Another gem is the Blackwolf Run, known for its stunning layout and design.

Luxury Accommodations and Amenities

The American Club, a historic and luxurious resort, provides a perfect place to stay during your visit. With world-class spa services at the Kohler Waters Spa, fine dining options, and elegant rooms, you'll have a relaxing and indulgent experience off the golf course as well.

Outdoor Activities Beyond Golf

While golf might be the main attraction, Kohler offers various other outdoor activities. You can explore the nearby River Wildlife, a 500-acre wilderness preserve with opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and fishing.

Overall, the village of Kohler, Wisconsin, offers a perfect blend of world-class golf, luxurious amenities, beautiful natural surroundings, and a rich cultural experience, making it an ideal destination for golf lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Outrageous Burgers & Bloody Marys at This Wisconsin Pub and Grill

If a tasty burger and a giant Bloody Mary sound like a perfect meal, this popular Wisconsin pub and grill is a bit of Heaven on Earth. You better bring friends!

Gallery Credit: Steve Shannon

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