Planning A Visit to the Fox Valley, Wisconsin

Welcome to the Fox Valley of Wisconsin! Be prepared to be embraced by “Midwestern nice” – where people you’ve never met smile, hold the door and say “Hi!”

The Fox Valley, also known as the Fox Cities, is one of the “best affordable places to live.” Forbes magazine named us one of the “best places for business and careers,” and we ranked as the second-best place in America in a well-being survey by Gallup-Health Ways.

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To find the Fox Valley, start first with our state. Wisconsin is well-known as America’s Dairyland—home to world championship and artisan cheeses. But Wisconsin is also noted for great jobs in state-of-the-art manufacturing, information technology, insurance, and tourism. We boast two coasts: Lake Michigan to the east and Lake Superior to the north, along with more than 10,000 inland lakes.

The Fox Valley is in Northeast Wisconsin, a stretch of 20 communities that follow the Fox River. Our low cost of living, abundant cultural and recreational activities and safe communities make it a place we love to live, and we hope that you, your family and friends will enjoy exploring its wonders, small and large:

  • An outdoor paradise with lakes, rivers, fields and forests

  • The experience of all four seasons

  • Thousands of cultural events

  • Door County, two hours north, the “Martha’s Vineyard of Wisconsin”

  • Wisconsin Dells, two hours southwest, the “Waterpark Capital of the World” named for its stunning geologic dells formations

  • The Green Bay Packers®, thirty minutes north, with visiting teams often staying in Appleton, or the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks, a quick two-hour drive to the south

For more on what Wisconsin and the Fox Cities have to offer, visit our Resources page or Travel Wisconsin


Fly: Appleton International (ATW) is in the heart of the Fox Valley and has eight gates and a rental car facility. The airport recently was upgraded to international status with U.S. customs service. Delta, United and Allegiant airlines provide service, with additional airlines coming soon. Parking is close, inexpensive and security lines typically are short.
Drive: Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, is two hours south on Interstate Highway 41. Madison, the state capital, is two hours southwest, and home to the University of Wisconsin. Chicago is three to four hours south and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul are approximately five hours west.
Bike: Once you’re here, biking around town or on trails is a favorite pastime. Here’s our regional bike and pedestrian plan.


When you arrive in the Fox Valley, here’s what you can expect from Relocate Fox Cities:

  • A personal call to ensure you’ve arrived, or a pick-up at the airport if needed

  • A review of your customized itinerary, with updates if needed

  • A guided personalized tour (what we call community orientation services)

  • Ongoing contact and support, while you’re here or after you leave

The rest of what happens in the Fox Valley is up to you! We have a wide array of attractions, restaurants, and communities that we like to recommend with every visit, but the details are all based on your personal needs, interests and priorities. Take a look at sample itineraries to get a sense of what you can expect.

To find out more about the communities that make up the Fox Valley, visit our featured list of communities.


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“The couple of days my wife & I spent with you touring the Fox Cities was extremely helpful.  We were presented with a job opportunity, and appreciated the fact that JM asked you to show us the area.  We were able to visit some of the schools, businesses & different sections within the FC region with someone that wasn’t trying to sell us any specific property or school system, making the experience less stressful.  Your Fox Cities tour allowed us to see the amenities and benefits of living here, which helped us reach a decision to relocate.  Thanks again for your help with our transition.”

Bryan Howard
Director - Product Management & Personal Lines Underwriting
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group