Actually there's only 4 places in Wisconsin where we stopped.
First and by far our best souvenir is MADISON, the state capital. Don't ask me why but we fell in love with this city. It's pleasant, green, safe, not too big and full of charm. Around the State Capitol when we were there, there was an attractive market, downtown is not 'desert' as many other US towns and we really loved it. The location of the city itself, surrounded by numerous lakes is great. Go to Madison, we just hope you'll feel the same feelings !!!
WISCONSIN DELLS (pictured) is a very very very very touristic place and area with hundreds of tourist attractions, parks, amusement rides, children playgrounds, accomodations..etc..etc.. Still the site itself is worth to go and a boat tour throughout the Dells of the Wisconsin River is very pleasant. You can spot funny rock formations, some wildlife (racoons, rodents, birds...) and the boat tour is very relaxing. Our guide who was as student was very professional. We took the 90 minutes tour which I think is enough. There are longer tours which includes various other attractions, some with food and drinks included.
NEW GLARUS is a small village approximately 30 miles south west of Madison. If you are a Swiss citizen and you would like to watch at a typical American piece of kitsch....go to this place....
Actually, Swiss emigrants founded the village a couple of hundred years ago (Glarus is a name of a county and city in Eastern Switzerland, and the people living there is definitively taking advantage of this history fact to celebrate fests, to decorate houses and to make tourist-business with this. You'll find typic Swiss food and souvenir shops. Funny if you have some free time ! Otherwise, keep going where you plan to go...
LAKE GENEVA is an small resort just north of Chicago and just at the limit of the Wisconsin-Illinois border. Here, wealthy Chicago people come to relax. Actually the place wasn't that great but since we live on the Lake Geneva shores, the original one, in Switzerland (yes we are Swiss...), we wanted to compare what Americans may call in regard to our lake.
Fondest memory: MADISON !!!!!!
Favorite thing: If you have never tailgated at a Badger football game, you haven't experienced Wisconsin. Fifty degrees and sunny outside in late October. The leaves are turning colors, perfect football weather in Madison, a grill full of bratwurst and a half barrel of beer. Everyone in a red sweatshirt is your best friend and even if we lose(not likely at Camp Randall) you know Bucky and the UW band will still be out there for the 5th quarter. You won't see anything like it anywhere else in the world.
Favorite thing: Devil's Lake park in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The lake is gorgeous, surrounded by breathtaking vistas (especially in the fall). There are great big cliffs to do some rock climbing, with or without equipment, and good mountain biking.
Experience the cheese of Monroe and the chocolate of Burlington.
Fondest memory: Working in Burlington, I was assailed by the most luscious aroma of chocolate I can ever imagine anyone having the good fortune to experience. The very air smells like warm, baking brownies. And I am not even a chocolate lover!
Take a walk by the water, all around the lake. There are so many beautiful houses and scenaries you just can't miss.
Fondest memory: My best friend lives in Lake Geneva, and so that is one of the reasons I will always return, but also it is a very beautiful place.
I am from Wisconsin originally but live in Arizona.
I don't have good memories of the state; that's why
I used the cheesehead log in..it's not complimentary. The people in WI are rude, narrow minded, and ignorant about other states. If you enter WI, turn around and go back to the state you came from...
Fondest memory: Leaving. It was the greatest day of my life. I don't miss the snow at all. Also, the great memories of Wisconsin drivers...tailgating, speeding morons who drive in the left lane for some reason.
Go sledding! Wisconsin has things to do all year round.
Fondest memory: Depending on the season you can pick your activity. We just came off a mild winter unfortunately and could not get as much sledding in as last year.
Green Bay and Door County. If one city exemplifies what Wisconsin is like, it has to be Green Bay. Sure Milwaukee has the big city stuff, and Madison is well, its own cool little world, but most people in WI are like those in Green Bay. Of course the most famous attraction is the Packers, but there is more to see as well. And just 35 mins away is Door County. Sandwiched between the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, it has some of the best scenery in the state, along with all sorts of great things to see and do.
Fondest memory: Believe it or not, maybe what I like best about Wisconsin is the winter. Yes it gets cold, sometimes really cold, but I love it. As long as you bundle up, there is so much to do. My other favorite is attending University of Wisconsin football games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Badger fans are like no others in the country, and there is nothing like sitting with 80,000 of them screaming and yelling and cheering Bucky on.
When I went to Wisconsin it was free! That was one advantage. I was chosen to attend the Leadership Insitute at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was a wonderful experience.
Fondest memory: The people were wonderful! There were a few Arkansas jokes though, that I didn't personally like. You have those people everywhere though. I miss the weather and the people the most.
Lovely place to spend your weeknd or long holiday with a family, we always found what to do - you can go around visitng small beach towns, ride a bike, to see lighthouses, play mini golf and more...
Fondest memory: We were surprised to find Scandinavian people comunity, in some towns we felt like we are in Scandinavia not in America. Most we remember - the small restaurant on the roof of the house where around you are running goats! Even if you take a small road - on the end of it you will find some fantastic places.
Having grown up in Wisconsin, I have so many memories. You defintely need to see Milwaukee and Madison, because they are great cities with so much to do. There are great recreational activities available: sailing, biking, trails, beaches--you name it. Not to mention GREAT BARS and AWESOME PEOPLE--everyone loves people from Wisconsin--I think it's b/c of the funny way we talk! :)
Fondest memory: I miss Lake Michigan most of all--so many trails and the beach w/sand volleyball--it's like being at the ocean, minus the smell of saltwater.
ENJOY THE NATURE AND THE PARK SYSTEMS! A little history for you: Milwaukee actually used to have a socialist mayor that created extensive park systems throughout Milwaukee County for the people to enjoy. There are so many great wild life preserves and hiking trails, not to mention camp grounds, bike paths and TONS of lakes!! No matter what the season, Wisconsin is always someplace you will find something going on.
Fondest memory: Whenever I am away, I always miss the resources available in Wisconsin--especially the park systems. I never realized how much I took it all for granted until I went away to college. There is so much readily available--tons of trails and golf courses and Lake Michigan is amazing! Plus the drivers there are so much more considerate of bikers!
SEE THE CAPITAL! A progressive, cosmopolitan city of 200,000, Madison is home to the world-class University of Wisconsin, the seat of state government, and an eclectic, electric atmosphere that energizes any visitor's stay. Madison offers both small town charm and a range of cultural and recreational opportunities usually found in much larger cities. And, with four lakes and over 200 parks, it is one of the nation's most scenic cities. A host of picturesque communities, many retaining their strong ethnic heritage, surrounds the city.
And if you are looking for shopping nite life, head to STATE STREET--the place never sleeps and is right in the middle of UW-Madison's campus.
Fondest memory: I will always remember swimming State at UW-Madison in high school, as well as completing my first marathon (damn those hills!)
The most important activity for me would have to be in Somerset, Wisconsin. Not far off from the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. There is quite a few things to do there. This is a place where they also have alot of big concerts like Ozzfest. One of the best things is to go tubing on the Apple River. They have campsites. This is a great area to take a big group of people and just party.
Fondest memory: The best memories would have to be all the summers that lots of my relatives would go to Apple River and do some tubing. Everyone would bring out their own food that they would want to grill. We would take a couple times down the short part of the river and go down the rapids. Then we would take the one that is about over 2 hours long. The one thing that everyone would have to watch out is to not take things that are valuable. It is easy to lose it. My aunts would usually take goggles and go through the water. They would always find things. One time, even found quite a bit of money. The thing I remember the most is just this place being where most of my relatives would actually be together...and have fun with no arguements. I loved going there every year.
You must visit door county and rock island.... very beautiful cherry farms and michigan lake. Madison is also a very beautifl campus city and has many nice restaurants, especially on state street. the northern part of the state is full of the state forests and is very pretty.
Fondest memory: the campus in Madison, and the lakes in Madison as well
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