Welcome to Wisconsin
From the Great Lakes to the Mighty Mississippi and the land in-between, Wisconsin is home to a landscape of beauty that includes woods, waters, prairies and cityscapes. Camp in Midwest splendor.
From farm towns to industrial centers along the Wisconsin River, the heartland of Wisconsin is a treasure of rugged natural beauty. The Wisconsin Rapids Area is home to some of the largest cranberry marshes in the country. The Cranberry Highway winds through century-old cranberry beds from Wisconsin Rapids to Warrens and from Pittsville to Nekoosa.
Eight miles north of Wisconsin Rapids in Rudolph, Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Co. offers a look at another classic Wisconsin enterprise, cheese making. Other attractions include the World's Largest Round Barn and Jurustic Park.
The communities along Lake Michigan are vacation favorites with sandy beaches, lighthouses and charter fishing. Located on Lake Winnebago, Appleton is home to museums featuring Harry Houdini and the paper industry. Hearthstone Historic House offers guided tours of the past. Take a walking tour of the “paper baron” mansions lining Wisconsin Avenue in Neenah. A walk around Kimberly Point will take you to the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, a glass museum. Oshkosh offers a wide range of activities and events including EAA AirVenture, the world’s largest annual aviation event.
Shimmering lakes and waterways lure the boater, whitewater paddler, the angler and water-skier. RVers revel in this unique “up-north” atmosphere.
A sliver of land that juts into Lake Michigan, Door Peninsula is a storybook setting with scenic shoreline and quaint waterfront villages. The natural landscape draws crowds and entices them to try fish boils, a Scandinavian specialty.
Home of the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field is one of the most famous sports stadiums in the country. Its legendary past and present can be viewed at the Packers Hall of Fame. Visit Hazelwood, an authentically furnished, 1837 Greek-Revival home. Heritage Hill State Historical Park groups 25 historic buildings in four period “villages” dating from 1672-1905.
From the wild and beautiful St. Croix River to the deep waters of Lake Superior, this region is a prime destination for the family vacationer and outdoor enthusiast. As Wisconsin’s northern border meets Lake Superior, 12 miles of shoreline and a collection of 21 islands make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The islands host outdoor activities, with kayaking chief among them. Sandstone sea caves carved from the lake are a popular spot to explore year round as is Madeline Island, the only developed and inhabited of the Apostle Islands, reachable by ferry from Bayfield.
A top year-round destination, Wisconsin Dells boasts the largest concentration of waterparks in the world. Visitors take sightseeing tours on the Wisconsin River for up-close views of the sandstone bluffs that tower above the water. The Dells is home to the world’s largest fleet of “Ducks,” restored WWII amphibious vehicles popular for land-to-water tours. When not on, in or near the water, visitors may ride a roller coaster, get behind the wheel of a go-kart, or play mini-golf.
Baraboo is home to Circus World Museum, a family favorite with Big Top performances and side shows. Also in Baraboo the International Crane Foundation protects and displays a mating pair of each of the world’s fifteen crane species, including the endangered whooping crane.
Near Spring Green stands House on the Rock. Built as a private home atop a sandstone bluff overlooking the Wyoming Valley, it grew to become a complex of buildings with an eclectic assortment of exhibits.
The Madison city center is dominated by the State Capitol. Linking the Capitol and University of Wisconsin campus is the State Street pedestrian mall dotted with interesting shopping and dining opportunities.
The largest city in Wisconsin Milwaukee is synonymous with beer. This great brewing town welcomes visitors for tours and sampling. Lake cruises, museums, professional sports teams and a science and technology center provide diversions.
The Danes have left their mark on Racine, famous for a melt-in-your-mouth, oval-shaped coffee cake called kringle. Racine’s Lake Michigan waterfront features parkland, beaches, a performing arts complex and the 1,000-slip Reef-point Marina.
The West Bend Riverwalk provides views of the Milwaukee River. Known as the “Geocaching Capital of the Midwest,” more than 450 caches are offered within a 7-mile radius. The Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford displays a rare collection of Kissel, Nash and Pierce-Arrow automobiles. Germantown has preserved its “old world” heritage in the Dheinsville Historic Park. In Eagle, Old World Wisconsin is a 600-acre “living history museum” that showcases 65 historical buildings in five ethnically themed villages.
As you take in the startling natural beauty along the Great River Road, explore the chain of charming towns along the river that echo this rich heritage. Settled by the Swiss, New Glares reminds visitors of its heritage through it Swiss chalet-style architecture. The town hosts quaint shops and restaurants while nearby cheese factories entice visitors from the road. There are wineries and many Swiss-related festivals, including the Heidi Festival and the Wilhelm Tell Festival.