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WISCONSIN TRAVEL GUIDE

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Welcome to the bigroads.com travel guide to Wisconsin! Hopefully this page helps provide some inspiration and tips to help you plan your next trip to Wisconsin.

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Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons


OVERVIEW



Wisconsin is most famous for beer and cheese, but there's much more to the state. It has dozens of water parks (there are more than 20 in Wisconsin Dells alone) and some of the best long-distance rail trails in the country. Wisconsin also features Door County on Lake Michigan, which is packed with attractive towns and parks and is billed as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest". The city of Madison, Wisconsin is great too, and is usually on the list of America's top 10 best mid-sized cities.

5-STAR ATTRACTIONS IN WISCONSIN



Here is my opinionated list of 5-star attractions in Wisconsin. I believe each of these attractions should be on your Wisconsin bucket list since they are all noteworthy from a national perspective:

Northern Wisconsin
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - beautiful Lake Superior shoreline; a great place to go boating or kayaking
Apostle Islands Sea Caves, La Pointe - some of the most impressive scenery on the Great Lakes; kayaking tours are highly recommended
Copper Falls State Park, Mellen - one of Wisconsin's best waterfalls
Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park, Phillips - a famous roadside attraction of various sculptures made of concrete, stained glass, and more
Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward - good fishing museum that also has several giant fish statues, including an enormous Muskie
Northwoods Zip Line Adventure Tours, Minocqua - awesome zip-lining and aerial adventure park
Timm's Hill, Hill - short walk to obtain great views from the highpoint of Wisconsin
World's Heaviest Ball of Twine, Lake Nebagamon - a massive ball of twine that weights more than 20,000 pounds

Central Wisconsin (including Baraboo, Eau Claire, Sheboygan, and Wisconsin Dells)
Bigfoot Zipline, Wisconsin Dells - one of the best zip-lining parks in the U.S.
Boat tours in Wisconsin Dells - many companies offer scenic boat rides from this town
Bookworm Gardens, Sheboygan - a relatively small but "vibrant, playful outdoor children's garden"
Circus World, Baraboo - "America's favorite circus attraction"
Crystal Cave, Spring Valley - guided tours of the longest cave in Wisconsin
Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo - 2 beaches, plus excellent hiking, biking and rock climbing; offers some of the best hiking in the state
EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh - more than 250 historic airplanes are on display; one of the best aircraft museums in the U.S.
Elroy-Sparta State Trail - the best rail trail in Wisconsin; 33.8 mile unpaved route with three hand-dug railroad tunnels (bring headlamps)
Grandad Bluff, La Crosse - drive a road up 600-foot tall bluffs for elevated views of the Mississippi River
Great River Road - a scenic drive along the Mississippi River on the western border of the state
International Crane Foundation, Baraboo - wildlife/nature center featuring all 15 known species of cranes
Lost Canyon Tours, Wisconsin Dells - guided horse-drawn carriage tours of cliff-walled gorges
Noah's Ark Water Park, Wisconsin Dells - the largest water park in the U.S.; this is the best of Wisconsin Dells' 20+ water parks
Road America, Plymouth - one of the world's fastest permanent motorsport racing tracks
Rick Wilcox Magic Theater, Wisconsin Dells - famous magic show
Water parks of Wisconsin Dells - there are more than 20+ indoor & outdoor water parks in this tourist town; Noah's Ark is the best one
Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells - largest water park resort in the U.S.
Wisconsin Deer Park, Wisconsin Dells - see and feed over 100 deer
Witches Gulch, Wisconsin Dells - walk through a narrow, moss-filled canyon that is reached via a guided boat tour

Green Bay and the Door County Peninsula (eastern side of central Wisconsin)
Al Johnson's - Swedish breakfast and lunch spot with goats on its roof
Baileys Harbor - one of several beloved small towns in Door County
Bay Beach Amusement Park, Green Bay - old-fashioned/nostalgic amusement park
Boat tours in Door County - go boating, sailing, etc. in the "Cape Cod of the Midwest"
Cana Island Lighthouse, Baileys Harbor - one of Wisconsin's most beloved lighthouses, and the most famous in Door County
Cave Point County Park / Cave Point Park, Sturgeon Bay - wonderful limestone bluffs and caves; great hiking, biking, and kayaking
Chartered fishing tours - several companies offer excellent charted fishing tours in Door County
Door County - a 70-mile peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin that is loaded with beaches, lighthouses, cute towns, and nature parks
Door County Trolley, Egg Harbor - famous trolley company offering a variety of guided tours (e.g. scenic, ghost, lighthouse, wine, etc.)
Egg Harbor - one of several beloved small towns in Door County
Fish Creek - one of several beloved small towns in Door County
Farm, The, Sturgeon Bay - a great living history museum; see and feed baby farm animals
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay - one of the best botanical gardens in Wisconsin
Lakeshore Adventures Zip Line - awesome zip-lining tours
National Railroad Museum, Green Bay - over 70 rail cars and locomotives are on display
Northern Sky Theatre - one of several excellent outdoor theaters in Door County
Peninsula Players Theatre - one of several excellent outdoor theaters in Door County
Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek - one of Wisconsin's best state parks; beaches; hiking and mountain biking trails; scenic views; camping
Renard's Cheese Store, Sturgeon Bay - one of the best of Wisconsin's big cheese shops; try the cheese curds!
Ridges Sanctuary, Baileys Harbor - lovely nature preserve with hiking trails and a nature center
Schoolhouse Beach Park, Washington - attractive smooth-rock strewn beach
Sister Bay - one of several beloved small towns in Door County
Washington Island - take the Washington Island Ferry to visit this island off the tip of the Door County Peninsula
Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc - tour a WWII submarine

Southwestern / Southcentral Wisconsin (including Janesville and Madison)
American Players Theatre, Spring Green - highly-rated classical theater
Camp Randall Stadium, University of Wisconsin, Madison - famous college football stadium
Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds - guided tours of an underground limestone cave
Great River Road - a scenic drive along the Mississippi River on the western border of the state
Guided food tours in Madison - several companies offer guided food tours that sample some of Madison's best food offerings
Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison - one of the finest medium-sized zoos in the U.S.
House on the Rock, The, Spring Green - an eccentric museum complex with quirky historical collections; you'll either love or hate this place
Memorial Union Terrace, Madison - a classic lakefront hangout spot with some live music events
National Mustard Museum, Middleton - quirky museum with more than 5,000 mustards from around the world
Natural Bridge State Park, Leland - short hike to a small but interesting natural bridge
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison - arguably the finest gardens in Wisconsin
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville - one of the best botanical gardens in the state
State Street / Downtown Madison - the lively center of the great city of Madison
Taliesin, Spring Green - various guided tours of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright's home, studio, and school
Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison - one of the most breathtaking U.S. state capitol buildings

Southeastern Wisconsin (including Lake Geneva & Milwaukee)
Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Elkhorn - one of the most famous outdoor music/concert venues in the U.S.
American Family Field, Milwaukee - one of the most beloved MLB ballparks in the country; home of the Milwaukee Brewers
Breweries / brewery tours in Milwaukee - there are more than 20 breweries in this city, some of which offer tours (e.g. Miller, Lakefront)
Geneva Lake - Wisconsin's most beloved lake; known for its shoreline mansions and estates; a walking path encircles the lake
Geneva Lake Shore Path, Lake Geneva - a lovely 22-mile path that encircles Geneva Lake
Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee - hundreds of Harley-Davidson motorcycles are on display here
Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures, Lake Geneva - awesome aerial adventure park / zip-lining
Mars Cheese Castle, Kenosha - one of the best of Wisconsin's giant cheese shops
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee - Wisconsin's best art museum
Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee - one of the finest medium-sized zoos in the U.S.
Milwaukee Public Market / Historic Third World, Milwaukee - most popular shopping area in Milwaukee
Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee - indoor botanical gardens under giant domes
Oak Leaf Trail - 125 miles of paved cycling and walking trails in Milwaukee County
Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee - guided and self-guided tours of a historic museum and architectural landmark
Tristan Crist Magic Theatre, Lake Geneva - small but highly rated magic theater
Wind Point Lighthouse, Racine - one of Wisconsin's most beloved lighthouses on Lake Michigan

Are you aware of any other 5-star attractions in Wisconsin? If so, please email me at gparsons66@hotmail.com.

TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS IN WISCONSIN



Are you short on time or struggling to choose something to do or see in Wisconsin? Here are my selections for the top 10 attractions or experiences in Wisconsin, in no particular order:

Enjoy one (or several) of the indoor and outdoor water parks in Wisconsin Dells, the water park capital of the world (there are more than 20!)
Explore the city of Madison on foot; it's a foodie heaven and one of the best and most walkable mid-sized cities in the U.S.
Spend time enjoying the towns, parks, shorelines, and other attractions of the Door County peninsula, known as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest"
Be amazed by the quirky collections at House on the Rock, one of the largest private collection museums in the U.S.
Go for a hike in Devil's Lake State Park
Drink tons of beer and eat lots of cheese! There are literally hundreds of breweries in Wisconsin along with many large and small cheese shops
Catch a Green Bay Packers football game at legendary Lambeau Field
Cycle the excellent Elroy-Sparta State Trail (bring a headlamp for its 3 tunnels)
Take a guided tour of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright's home, studio, and school at Taliesin in Spring Green
Go boating or kayaking in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

If I could pick only one place to visit in Wisconsin, I would choose the Madison area. There are many attractions in the city itself, and you can also take day trips to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Devil's Lake State Park, and/or Lake Geneva. There's a reason why Madison is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in America.

BEST TOWNS & CITIES TO VISIT IN WISCONSIN



These towns and cities in Wisconsin are generally regarded as the most interesting to travelers:

Bailey’s Harbor - an attractive small town on Lake Michigan (part of the famed Door County); 3 lighthouses; boating & water sports
Baraboo - the "Circus City"; Circus World; great hiking in Devil's Lake State Park; geologic formations; wineries
Eau Claire - the "indie music capital of the Midwest"; art galleries; outdoor activities; several breweries
Egg Harbor - an attractive small town on Lake Michigan (part of famous Door County); boutique shops; fine dining
Fish Creek - an attractive small town on Lake Michigan (part of famous Door County); close to Peninsula State Park; theaters; wineries
Sisters Bay - an attractive small town on Lake Michigan (part of famous Door County); boutique shops; art galleries
Wisconsin Dells - the "water park capital of the world"; many family-fun attractions and museums; several quirky roadside attractions

My favorite city in Wisconsin is Madison - I recommend that first-time visitors spend at least 4-5 nights there. The city itself is great and there are many day trip opportunities you can take from there.

If you want to visit Door County (the "Cape Cod of the Midwest"), stay in Bailey's Harbor, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, or Sisters Bay. Sturgeon Bay is another option, but it is a little outside of the prime tourist areas of Door County. I would spend 4-5 nights in this area if you've never been. You can combine a trip with the attractions of Green Bay as well.

If you like theme parks and tourist attractions, I would spend at least 3-4 days in Wisconsin Dells at some point. There are more than 20 water parks there, plus tons of other tourist attractions and a few theatre/performance shows. It's one of the premier "tourist traps" of the United States, and folks tend to either love or hate the area.

Green Bay is also a notable place if you love football. Lambeau Field is one of the very best places to see an NFL game.

Click here if you'd like to see a complete list of towns and cities that I find interesting across the entire U.S.

WHAT IS WISCONSIN FAMOUS FOR?



Here are some things that Wisconsin is famous or well-known for:

ATV/ORV-ing
beer / breweries - there are more than 200 breweries in the state!
brat / bratwurst
cheese - there are many huge cheese shops to be found across the state
cranberries
dairy farms / cows
fish fry
ginseng
Native American culture and history
quirky museums - e.g. House on the Rock, National Mustard Museum
rail trails - Wisconsin has many long and excellent rail trails (it's one of the leaders in rail trail development in the U.S.)
roadside attractions
snowmobiling
water parks - Wisconsin Dells is the "water park capital of the world" and has more than 20 water parks!

Click here if you'd like to explore what other U.S. states are famous for.

NATIONAL PARKS IN WISCONSIN



There are currently no national parks or national monuments in Wisconsin. However, there are a few other federal parks and properties, including:

National Forests
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

National Historical Parks / Other National Parks & Properties
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - features some of the most beautiful scenery on the Great Lakes; outstanding kayaking
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
North Country National Scenic Trail
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

For more information on Wisconsin's national parks, visit the Wisconsin page of the National Park Service. For an overview of all U.S. national parks, click here.

STATE PARKS IN WISCONSIN



Wisconsin has more than 60 state parks. Many would agree that these represent Wisconsin's finest state parks:

Flagship / Premier State Parks:
Copper Falls State Park - gorges and waterfalls; miles of good hiking trails
Devil's Lake State Park - beaches plus excellent hiking and rock climbing; views from scenic bluffs; the most popular state park in Wisconsin
Pattison State Park - several impressive waterfalls, including the largest waterfall in Wisconsin (Big Manitou Falls)
Peninsula State Park - beaches; hiking and mountain biking trails; scenic views
Wyalusing State Park - interesting geology and views of the Mississippi River

Other Notable State Parks:
Amnicon Falls State Park - several waterfalls on the Amnicon River
Harrington Beach State Park - mile-long beach and a white cedar and hardwood swamp
High Cliff State Park - scenic views from limestone cliffs
Kohler-Andrae State Park - beaches and hiking trails
Willow River State Park - scenic waterfalls

My favorite state park in Wisconsin is Devil's Lake State Park. I love hiking up to the scenic views on the rocky bluffs there. The state park makes for a nice day trip from either Madison or Wisconsin Dells.

To see my list of the top 100 state parks in the country, click here.

BEST WATERFALLS IN WISCONSIN



Wisconsin has more than 100 natural waterfalls, the vast majority of which are found in northern Wisconsin. Here are many of the best waterfalls in the state:

Northern Wisconsin
Amnicon Falls, Amnicon Falls State Park
Big Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park - 165-foot drop; the largest waterfall in Wisconsin
Brownstone Falls, Copper Falls State Park - 30-foot drop
Cascade Falls, Osceola
Copper Falls, Copper Falls State Park - 30-foot drop
Little Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park - 30-foot drop
Long Slide Falls, Long Slide Falls County Park, Pembine
Lost Creek Falls, Cornucopia
Lower Potato Falls, Iron County Forest - 50-foot drop
Morgan Falls - 70-foot drop; combine with hike up St. Peter's Dome for great reviews

Central Wisconsin (including Baraboo, Eau Claire, Sheboygan, and Wisconsin Dells)
Willow Falls, Willow River State Park - tiered waterfall that drops a total of 45 feet and is up to 100 feet wide

For a listing of all known waterfalls in Wisconsin, visit the World Waterfall Database.

BEST SCENIC DRIVES IN WISCONSIN



This section coming soon!

BEST RAIL TRAILS IN WISCONSIN



Wisconsin has long been a leader in rail trail development. You'll find many awesome and long rides in the state. Here is a list of some of the best rail trails (or similar cycling paths) in Wisconsin:

Northern Wisconsin
Gandy Dancer State Trail - 98 miles if you include the northern and southern sections

Central Wisconsin (including Baraboo, Eau Claire, Sheboygan, and Wisconsin Dells)
400 State Trail - 22 miles
Chippewa River State Trail - 38 miles; 100% paved
Elroy-Sparta State Trail - 34 miles; arguably the best rail trail in Wisconsin; widely considered one of the best rail trails in the U.S.
Old Abe State Trail - 28 miles
Omaha Trail - 13 miles
Tomorrow River State Trail - 29 miles
Wild Goose State Trail - 34 miles
Wiouwash State Trail - 41 miles

Green Bay and the Door County Peninsula (eastern side of central Wisconsin)
Ahnapee State Trail - 45 miles
Devil's River State Trail - 14 miles

Southern Wisconsin (including Madison and Milwaukee)
Bugline Trail - 16 miles; 100% paved
Eisenbahn State Trail - 25 miles
Glacial Drumlin State Trail - 52 miles
Oak Leaf Trail - 125 mile trail network in Milwaukee County
Ozaukee Interurban Trail - 30 miles

For detailed information on all known rail trails in Wisconsin, visit the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website.

BEST AMUSEMENT PARKS / THEME PARKS IN WISCONSIN



Wisconsin goes absolutely overboard with amusement parks, especially indoor and outdoor water parks. The town of Wisconsin Dells is actually known as the "water park capital of the world" and it has more than 20 water parks. Here are some of the best amusement parks in Wisconsin:

Bay Beach Amusement Park, Green Bay - outdoor amusement park
Kalahari Indoor Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells - indoor and outdoor water park (it's mostly indoors)
Little Amerricka, Marshall - outdoor amusement park
Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park - outdoor amusement park and water park
Noah's Ark Water Park, Wisconsin Dells - outdoor water park; believed to be the largest water park in the U.S.
Quarry Beach Amusement Park, Sheboygan - outdoor inflatable aqua park
Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells - indoor and outdoor water park; you must stay at the resort in order to use the water park

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells also offers overnight accommodations. Before you book reservations for that resort though, I highly recommend reading recent traveler reviews on sites like TripAdvisor and Hotels.com.

BEST MUSEUMS IN WISCONSIN



Wisconsin has many fine museums. The best museums in Wisconsin include:

Northern Wisconsin
Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward

Central Wisconsin (including Baraboo, Eau Claire, Sheboygan, and Wisconsin Dells)
Circus World, Baraboo - "America's favorite circus attraction"
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau

Green Bay and the Door County Peninsula (eastern side of central Wisconsin)
Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh - more than 250 historic airplanes on display; one of the U.S.'s best aircraft museums
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Green Bay
National Railroad Museum, Green Bay - over 70 rail cars and locomotives are on display
Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc - tour a WWII submarine

Southern Wisconsin (including Madison and Milwaukee)
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison
Civil War Museum, Kenosha
Discovery World, Milwaukee
Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee - hundreds of motorcycles on display
House on the Rock, Spring Green
Madison Children's Museum, Madison
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee - Wisconsin's best art museum
Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee
National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum, Milwaukee
National Mustard Museum, Middleton - quirky museum with more than 5,000 mustards from around the world

BEST DAY HIKES IN WISCONSIN



Wisconsin offers many good hiking trails. Here are some of the best day hikes in Wisconsin:

Northern Wisconsin
Copper Falls State Park trails (e.g. North Country Trail / Doughboys Trail)
Lakeshore Trail, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Lost Creek Falls in Cornucopia
St. Peter's Dome Trail, Marengo

Central Wisconsin (including Baraboo, Eau Claire, Sheboygan, and Wisconsin Dells)
Brady Bluff Trail, Perrot State Park
Devil's Lake State Park trails (e.g. East Bluff, West Bluff)
Gibraltar Rock, Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, Merrimac
Ice Age Trail-Eau Claire Dells section
Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge State Park
Parfrey's Glen Trail, Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area
Willow River State Park trails

Green Bay and the Door County Peninsula (eastern side of central Wisconsin)
Cave Point County Park trails
Dunes Cordwalk, Kohler Andrae State Park
Eagle Trail, Peninsula State Park
Point Beach State Forest trails

Southern Wisconsin (including Madison and Milwaukee)
Lake Geneva Shore Path - a 22-mile loop if you hike the entire thing (which is a popular and fun challenge!)
Lapham Peak, Kettle Moraine State Forest-Lapham Peak Unit

The highpoint of Wisconsin is Timm's Hill (1,951') within Timm's Hill County Park in northern Wisconsin. A short walk is required to reach the top, which offers good views from a firetower.

BEST BACKPACKING TRIPS IN WISCONSIN



Wisconsin offers a few backpacking opportunities. Some of premier backpacking routes and areas in Wisconsin include:

Black River State Forest
Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Jones Spring Trail, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Newport State Park
North Country Trail
Rock Island State Park

Both the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the North County Trail offer some backcountry shelters. At least some of these shelters must be reserved in advance.

The Porcupine Mountains of Michigan are not far from the northern border of Wisconsin, and they offer more excellent backpacking opportunities.

CLASSIC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN WISCONSIN



Wisconsin offers many outdoor adventures, including:

Backpacking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Backpacking the North Country Trail
Canoeing/kayaking on the Kickapoo River
Canoeing/kayaking on the Lower Wisconsin River
Canoeing/kayaking on the Namekagon River
Canoeing/kayaking on the St. Croix River
Cycling the Elroy-Sparta State Trail - the best rail trail in Wisconsin; 33.8 mile unpaved route with three tunnels (bring headlamps)
Cycling the Oak Leaf - 125 miles of paved cycling and walking trails in Milwaukee County
Day hiking around Geneva Lake on the Geneva Lake Shore Path - a 22-mile loop around the lake
Day hiking in Devil's Lake State Park
Diving to shipwrecks in Door County
Ice climbing in Devil's Lake State Park
Ice climbing in Governor Dodge State Park
Ice climbing in Wyalusing State Park
Kayaking the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, including the famed Madeline Island Sea Caves
Kayaking in various areas of Door County
Mountain biking the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) trail system
Mountain biking the John Muir trail system
Mountain biking the Levis-Trow Mound Recreation Area
Mountain biking the Whittail Ridge Mountain Bike Trail
Para-sailing in Door County
Rock climbing in Devil's Lake State Park
Sailing in Door County
Skydiving in Baldwin, East Troy, Jefferson, Marshall, or Sturtevant
Snowmobiling the Hodag Sno Trail
Snowmobiling the Nicolet State Trail
Snowmobiling the Tri-County Corridor Trail
Snowmobiling the Tuscobia State Trail
Tubing the Apple River
Tubing the Sugar River
Tubing the Wolf River
Whitewater rafting the Menominee River
Whitewater rafting the Peshtigo River

SKI RESORTS IN WISCONSIN



There are more than 15 ski/snowboard resorts in Wisconsin. On a national scale, they are generally on the smaller side with only a limited vertical drop. These ski/snowboard resorts are generally considered the best in Wisconsin:

Premier Ski/Snowboard Resorts:
Granite Peak - 58 trails; 700ft vertical drop; 1,942ft summit

Other Notable Ski/Snowboard Resorts:
Cascade Mountain - 36 trails; 450ft vertical drop; 1,280ft summit
Devils Head - 30 trails; 500ft vertical drop; 995ft summit
Whitecap Mountains - 43 trails; 400ft vertical drop; 1,750ft summit

WISCONSIN TRAVEL TIPS



For offbeat and unique Wisconsin attractions, visit one or both of these amazing websites: Atlas Obscura and Roadside America

UNIQUE / SPECIALTY FOODS TO TRY IN WISCONSIN



Here are some unique / specialty foods to try while you are in Wisconsin:

booyah
brat / bratwurst
butter burgers
cheese curds
colby cheese
corned beef sandwich
fish fry / fish boil
fried cheese curds
kringle
sour cream raisin pie

Wisconsin is very serious about its cheese, and you'll find several large cheese shops across the state. I highly recommend stopping in at least one of them.

For a list of unique foods and mom-and-pop type eateries and restaurants in Wisconsin (or any other U.S. state), visit the Roadfood.com website.
For a list of unique foods to try in each of the 50 U.S. states, click here.
For a list of the top-rated beers to try in Wisconsin (or any other U.S. state), visit the Beer Advocate website.

OTHER KEY WISCONSIN INFORMATION



Capital: = Madison
Major airports = Madison and Milwaukee
Largest cities = Milwaukee (573,700), Madison (277,166), Green Bay (108,063), Kenosha (100,140), Racine (77,608)
Primary U.S. interstates = I-39, I-41, I-43, I-90, I-94
State highpoint = Timm's Hill (1,951'); a short walk is required to reach the top (which offers good views from a firetower)
Professional sports teams = Green Bay Packers (NFL), Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)

Take note that in general this travel guide intentionally excluded restaurants, lodging/hotels, breweries, wineries/vineyards, and certain other types of attractions (like arcades, ax-throwing, bowling alleys, and escape rooms). These types of places tend to come and go, and keeping up with that would be too challenging. I encourage you to use Google Maps, Tripadvisor, Yelp, and other travel sites that have reader reviews to find the latest and greatest places that I haven't covered here.


Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo, Wisconsin
Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
one of several huge roadside attractions in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Hamburger Charlie in Seymour, Wisconsin
Hamburger Charlie in Seymour, Wisconsin

carousel within the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin
carousel within the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin

cheese shop in Wisconsin
one of several giant cheese shops in Wisconsin

Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin
Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Giant Dinosaur at the Sinclair Gas Station in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

World's Largest Barber Pole in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
World's Largest Barber Pole in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

giant Vince Lombardi Trophy at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
giant Vince Lombardi Trophy at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin

state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin
state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin

the Hodag statue in Rhinelander, Wisconsin
the Hodag statue in Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin

World's Heaviest Ball of Twine in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin
World's Heaviest Ball of Twine in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin

World's Largest Soup Kettle in Laona, Wisconsin
World's Largest Soup Kettle in Laona, Wisconsin

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