Wilson's in Ephraim, Wisconsin, Door County Shore Report photo by Dan Plutchak
Wisconsin Highway 42 in Ephraim, part of the Door County Coastal Byway

DOOR COUNTY — The Door County Coastal Byway has been named a National Scenic Byway, a success for Door County tourism.

The designation was announced last month by the The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways program.

The Door County Coastal Byway stretches across 66 miles of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula from north of the city of Sturgeon Bay on Wisconsin Highway 57 to the tip of the peninsula and down Wisconsin Highway 42 back to the starting point.

The popular Door County circle tour route offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the Niagara Escarpment bluffs along with dense forests, agricultural lands, and travels through several of the peninsula’s quaint shore-side towns and villages, according to a news release.

DCCB’s council chairwoman, Annie Miller is thrilled with the new national title. “In 2009 we pursued the Wisconsin Scenic Byway designation in Door County and 10 years later our council believed we had what it took to pursue the national designation,” Miller said. “I felt the designation gave the communities the opportunity to preserve and protect the land and provided something for visitors no matter the season.”

Miller credits the cooperative efforts of many individuals and agencies that made this designation possible.

To learn more, visit DoorCountyCoastalByway.org.

By Carly Rengeutte - Door County Shore Report

Digital and Social Media producer