FITNESS FAVORITES: Sailing, Jet Skiing, cycling, kayaking, golfing, mountain biking, hiking
Just a two-hour drive from Chicago, this gem of a brew town is the perfect base for fitness vacationers. Golfers can try their swings at Brown Deer Golf Course, where Tiger Woods started his PGA Tour career. Just an hour outside of the city, Kettle Moraine State Forest is a sweet spot for hiking, trail running, and mountain and off-road biking. Glacier-formed valleys and trails make for great single and double tracks, where you can charge up hills and splash through water obstacles. (One favorite is the Emma Carlin Trail, near the town of Palmyra and a perfect place for a pit stop.) The popular John Muir trail runs right through the Milwaukee area and is ideal for virtually private mountain biking runs. Or spend the day on Lake Michigan, where you can kayak, sail, or Jet Ski.
RESOURCES: For golf courses, check out milwaukeecountygolfcourses.com. Milwaukee Community Sailing (sailingcenter.org); Milwaukee Kayak Company (milwaukeekayak.com) for kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals; and Hands-on Science (call 414-803-3515) for Jet Skis.