It’s no secret we love photography around here and documenting our favorite photo spots in Door County over on IG is one of our most favorite past times, so thought we’d share an insider’s take on the best places to stop for photos to show off your next Door County getaway and capture those memories in a beautiful way whether for social or your vacation memory books.
10 Most Instagrammable Photo Spots in Door County, WI
Let’s kick it off with some unique Door County scenes you just aren’t going to see anywhere else.
Unique Door County Must-See Stops:
Jens Jensens Famous Curvy Road
One of the most famous stretches of road in Wisconsin (maybe even the Midwest!) can be found in Door County is known as Jens Jensens windy road. This curvy road can be found where Hwy 42 heads towards the Washington Island Ferry dock and it’s the road that you take to get to the Porte Haven cabin.
On your way up the Peninsula (or way home) on Hwy 42 towards the curvey road, make a stop at Anderson’s Dock in Ephraim. It’s also one of my favorite places to view the sunset over the water and grab some ice cream at Wilson’s while you take in the view. Make sure to bring your paintbrush and leave your own mark on the famous graffiti building.
Goats on the roof at Al Johnson’s
You’ll have to time this one well to see the goats, but it’s so worth it! Other than a trip to Europe, where else will you be able to see goats grazing on a rooftop overlooking the water? Stop for brunch while you are there – the Swedish pancakes are something to write home about and the quaint shop is a perfect place to shop while you wait for your table (lines can be long unless you come in winter!).
The best Door County landscapes to photograph:
It doesn’t really matter the season, Cave Point is always worth a visit. Some days are windy with giant waves crashing and others are calm and peaceful. If the water is low you can climb down on the rocks by the water and if it’s summer and calm, you can jump off the rocks to swim. You’ll need to get there early to see the sunrise and don’t be surprised if there’s a crowd making winter one of our favorite times to visit because you can have the place to yourself.
Newport State Park
Known for being a dark sky park, this is the place to go to see the stars in Door County! There are also miles of trails and beautiful shoreline (winter is actually one of our favorite times to visit!
Where to take photos in springtime in Door County:
Door County is famous for cherries and it’s because it’s one of the largest producers of cherries in the entire nation. You’ll have many places to choose from and you’ll have your pick of cherry flavored, well – everything when visiting. The trees blossom in May and are a beautiful time to visit to see them bloom, and cherry picking season runs July – August. Our favorites: cherry vodka from Door County distillery and Bea’s cherry pie. Pick your own cherries at Lautenbach’s Orchard and order the cherry-stuffed french toast at White Gull Inn.
Where to take photos in the summertime in Door County:
Lavender fields on Washington Island
The best time to see the lavender fields on Washington island is July or August. You’ll need to take the ferry to Washington Island and head to Fragrant Isle. Another instagrammable stop on Washington Island is the famous Stavkirke building and School House Beach.
Sailboats in Sister bay Marina
Probably one of my favorite views in the county is of the Sister Bay Marina. Sailboats are a love of mine and seeing them all lined up in summer is such a beautiful spot to take photos. Or take it a step further and jump on one of the sailboats for a sunset ride with Sail Door County. The view of the shoreline and sunset from the water is one you’ll never forget.
The best place to take photos of Door County Sunsets
Door Bluff Headlands County Park
You can’t really go wrong finding a beautiful sunset in Door County but there are a few insider spots like hiking up to the top of the trail at Door Bluff Headlands County Park. You feel like you’re on top of the world and can see miles of a beautiful sunset. Bring a flashlight for the hike back though because you’ll likely want to stay there until the sun fully sets and still need to hike back to your car in the woods.
Another one of my favorite sunset views in all of Door County is at Waterfront restaurant in Sister Bay. One of the best places to grab dinner and every seat has a view of the sunset. You need to call for reservations and the menu can be limited in the slow season but it is top of our list when visiting!
Embrace the slow-living Door County natural surroundings
Our final recommendation for showing off your Door County vacation on social media is to share your natural surroundings. Going to Door County means going to the cabin for us, so we love to share slow mornings with coffee by the lake, a bonfire, or a ride in the kayak. Documenting these moments in your social media memory bank will bring you back in time to your getaway to Door County.
Looking for a place to stay for your next Door County adventure? Check out the three best Door County, WI cabin rentals for a magical up-north getaway and plan all of the photo-worthy memories from our list above. And tell us, have you visited any of our favorite spots? Any photo spots in Door County to add to our list that we need to check out? We’d love to hear from you!