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Door County is one of my favorite vacation destinations. It is beautiful, full of state parks and lighthouses. The Door Peninsula juts out into Lake Michigan, creating Green Bay on the western side of the peninsula. On the Lake Michigan side, you can go to Cana Island lighthouse, where you have to cross the water by foot to get there. Sometimes you can just step along the rocks and stay dry, but sometimes the water level is higher and you can't stay dry. Or sometimes a goofy relative thinks it would be funny to push you into the water.
Ridges Sanctuary near Bailey's Harbor on the Lake Michigan side is a nice nature preserve through the swales (back beach berms from higher lake levels). It is somewhat hidden, so it is less touristy than other destinations in Door County, but it has wonderful walking trails.
Peninsula State Park on the Green Bay side has camp sites, walking/biking trails, beaches, boat rentals, and an ampitheater with hilarious plays in the summer.
Sister Bay on the Green Bay side has a unique restaurant - Al Johnson's, a Swedish restaurant that has grass on the roof. For the goats. My cousins (and sister) worked there during the summer (they lived nearby). The girls were waitresses in Swedish outfits with clogs and their brother was a bus boy. It was actually his job to carry the goats up to the roof everyday.
Another Door County tradition is the fish boil. A bunch of fish cook in a big pot and the stuff that floats off them while cooking drip into the fire and create the big flame.
You can take a ferry to Washington Island for a day of biking and fudge eating or shopping. From there you can take a ferry to Rock Island for some hiking and primitive camping (no motor vehicles).
The usual touristy things are there - the junk shops, t-shirt shops, ice cream shops, and golf courses. But if you want to enjoy nature, visit one of the 5 state parks, 18 county parks or 300 miles of coastline.