Great River Road
The Wisconsin portion of the Great River Road runs from Dubuque, IA to Minneapolis on highway 35. It is lined with really small towns, wineries, great views and boutique shopping. You will see a few unusual points of interest like the Dikeyville Grotto, Elmer's Auto & Toy museum, Pririe Moon Gardens and probably many more I didn't see.Related to:
- Wine Tasting
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
It´s fun to ride on the Original Wisconsin DUCK!
WISCONSIN which is the 23rd State of USA is located on the central- Northern part of USA. The country is well-known for its leading Dairy production, that´s why it is called the Dairy land of America. Wisconsin is also known for its many kinds of indoors and outdoor events at the Wisconsin Dells. Whether rain or shine, the whole family can enjoy these amazing attractions all through the year round. A place where families with children can enjoy their summer holidays.
One of the enjoyable things to do in Wisconsin Dells is to ride on this famous Wisconsin DUCKS. It is the old Miltary Amphibian Boats used during the World War II which were remodeled into a useful entertaining Vehicle for many Families. This ride experience is very exciting and awesome because it travels on land, around the Dells, thru the Woods and swims into the Wisconsin River. During the ride the Driver who is also the narrator himself explains the history of the Dells also about the fascinating Rock Formations and the fate of the Amphibian Wisconsin Ducks. If you happened to be close to Wisconsin try to have a ride. You will have this coolest jungle feeling!Related to:
- National/State Park
- Adventure Travel
- Historical Travel
The Milwaukee City Hall
When completed in 1895, the 15-story, 353-foot (108-meter) Milwaukee City Hall was the tallest habitable building in the United States, and was the second-tallest structure in the country, surpassed only by the Washington Monument. It had been a municipal icon until the Calatrava wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum was completed in 2001 and became an unofficial symbol of Milwaukee. However, the city hall's image is still displayed on such city properties as street signs, city vehicles, stationery, and official documents.
The Milwaukee City Hall was designed by architect Henry Koch in the German Renaissance Revival style of architecture. His design, in a nod to the large German population in Milwaukee, was inspired by the Hamburg Rathaus (city hall) in Germany. The base is made of black granite topped with 20 feet (six meters) of Berea sandstone. Saint Louis pressed brick makes up the rest of the building. The upper part of the bell tower was rebuilt after a fire in 1929.
The 11-ton (9,979-kilogram) bell in the bell tower used to be rung frequently. However, because it was believed that its vibrations weakened the tower, the bell was silent from 1925 to 2000. Nowadays, it is rung at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.
The Milwaukee City Hall has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.
The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory opened in 1955 to replace the former Milwaukee Conservatory which had been established in 1898. Its most distinctive feature is the three large glass domes that protect tropical plants and plants from arid regions that could not survive outdoors in Milwaukee's harsh winter climate.
The domes were designed by the architectural firm of Donald L. Grieb and Associates. They were the world's first conoidal domes, and they were constructed in stages between 1959 and 1967. Each dome is 85 feet (26 meters) high and 140 feet (43 meters) in diameter at the base. All together, they cover 45,000 square feet (4,181 square meters) of display area.
The Arid Dome, completed in 1967, has one of the world's finest collections of cacti, succulents, shrubs, euphorbias, aloes, and bulbs from the Americas and Africa. One section features the odd plants from Madagascar's arid regions.
The Tropical Dome, completed in 1966, features plants from the rain forests of five continents, including palm trees, showy flowers, orchids, and bromeliads. Its center is dominated by a 60-foot (18-meter) kapok tree, which is one of the world's tallest trees under glass. Colorful birds and iguanas are also featured in the Tropical Dome.
The Show Dome, completed in 1964, hosts four seasonal shows and one holiday exhibit in December. Each show has a theme based on cultural, literary, or historical interest.
Nice views of downtown Milwaukee can be seen from Veterans Park, named for the War Memorial Center, a monument dedicated in 1957 to honor war veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. The 103-acre (42-hectare) park is located on Milwaukee's lakefront. It was built on land reclaimed from Lake Michigan using rubble composed of rock and soil.
The park features open grassy areas, woodlands, and a lagoon which attracts flocks of ducks and geese. It is popular with Milwaukeeans for its numerous recreational opportunities, including biking, rollerblading, kite flying, jogging, fishing, and cross-country skiing. There are walking and cycling trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a kite shop. There is a marina where many sailboats are moored during the warmer months, and where paddle boats can be rented. Bicycles, roller skates, and rollerblades can also be rented from facilities in the park.
Veterans Park also hosts many events during the summer months, such as concerts, sporting events, Independence Day fireworks, and kite festivals.
The Milwaukee River
This picture shows a view of the Milwaukee River as if flows through downtown Milwaukee toward Lake Michigan. The river begins in Fond du lac County and flows south for 104 miles (167 kilometers) before emptying into Lake Michigan near downtown Milwaukee. Its watershed drains about 882 square miles (2,284 square kilometers) of east-central Wisconsin, and its three main tributaries are Cedar Creek and the Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers.
French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet traveled up the Milwaukee River from Lake Michigan as they made their way to the Fox River and eventually the Mississippi River.
In the early nineteenth century, the three settlements of Juneau's Side, Kilbourntown, and Walker's Point were established along the banks of the river. They eventually merged to form the city of Milwaukee, but not before engaging in the little-known Bridge War. In the early days of Milwaukee, three of the city's first settlers grabbed up former American Indian lands and established separate communities along the river. Each man was stubborn and refused to cooperate with the others. Consequently, they failed to follow construction guidelines that would complement the street plans, but especially the bridges, of the other communities. The situation got out of hand, and there were several minor skirmishes in which no one was killed. One of the settlements even went so far as to plant a cannon and aim it at the town across the river. There are still traces of the Bridge War on some of the downtown streets and bridges to this day.
Miller Valley is the portion of Milwaukee's West State Street which passes between the tall buildings of the Miller Brewing Company. The brewery is located on land originally purchased by Frederick Miller in 1855. He chose this particular valley because it provided easy access to raw materials produced on nearby farms.
Historical buildings in Miller Valley include a replica of Miller's first brewery (the small gray building on the left) and the Miller Inn (the large beige building on the right). These buildings are part of the brewery tours, which begin and end in Miller Valley. The replica of Miller's first brewery gives visitors a sense of what the first brewery was like and how it grew and changed over the decades, and the Miller Inn is where tour participants can taste samples of various Miller beers.
Tours start with an introductory film about the history of the brewery and how the beer is made. After the film, visitors are taken on a one-hour indoor-outdoor tour through the brewery to watch the brewing, bottling, and packaging processes. Finally, after the tour visitors can sample some of the different types of Miller beer in the Bavarian-style Miller Inn or in its outdoor beer garden. Soft drinks are available for those under 21 years of age. There is also a small museum with Miller memorabilia, and the Girl in the Moon Brewery Shop where Miller products and souvenirs can be purchased. Some of the more popular souvenirs include custom Miller Valley glassware, custom gift packs, T-shirts, key rings, and neon signs.
The Miller Brewing Company
Almost synonymous with Milwaukee, the Miller Brewing Company is the second-largest brewer of beer in the United States, producing 40,000,000 barrels of beer per year. The company owns six breweries, five can-manufacturing plants, four distributorships, a glass-bottle production facility, and a label and fiberboard factory. These facilities are located across the United States, but the largest and most famous of the Miller facilities is the brewery located in Milwaukee.
The Miller Brewing Company was founded in 1855 by German immigrant Frederick Miller. In Germany he had extensive experience in the brewing business, and when he moved to the United States he was determined to use his experience to establish a successful brewery in this country. He chose Milwaukee as the site for his brewery because of the large population of beer-drinking German immigrants who lived in the city. He purchased the Plank-Road Brewery and almost immediately improved on that company's production and storage techniques. Between 1855 and 1888, the year Frederick Miller died, the brewery's production had increased from 300 barrels of beer per year to 80,000 barrels per year.
Milwaukee Art Museum: Art Lives Here
The Milwaukee Art Museum, around since 1957, became a place of note in 2001 when it added a new addition designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Looking out over Lake Michigan, the museum has works by WI native Georgia O’Keeffe as well as Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. The museum cafe is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat during your visit.
$12 Students (w/ID), Seniors (65+), Active Military
Free the first Thursday of every monthRelated to:
- Museum Visits
Hooray for BEER! Tour Minhas Brewery
Minhas Brewery is located in Monroe, in the SW part of the state. For $10 you can tour the brewery and hear about its history, its current processes, the state of the industry and of course, enjoy the sampling room. The beers on tap are all served very very fresh, delicious. The tour also sends you home with a sampler pack. Minhas brews are sold in an eight pack, and that is what they give you, but one slot is for root beer and one for a souvenier glass. I liekd the Swiss Amber (made for the local Swiss heritage), but my friends liked the Lazy Mutt. A lot of the beer produced goes to Canada and isn't as good, but we liked the craft selection, which is what they treat you to.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
Decatur Dairy for excellent fresh cheese
It doesn't look like much from the outside, but that's OK, it doesn't look like much from the inside either. Still, the cheese here is quite good, and not very expensive. I simply love their Havarti and make sure to stop at Decatur's every time I'm in the area. Their front counteris really small but the girls wh work there are really friendly. The dairyman comes in and talks to the counter girl, telling which cows from whom are good and which ones are bad. Even if done in a yokel accent, that's called quality control. They specialize in Havarti and Muenster cheese here, and also have Muenster curds.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Food and Dining
Exotic/farm animals, see and touch, Villa Loretto
Villa Loretto is a combination farm, convent and retirement home. It is church owned and operated by the Loretto Sisters, but the animalsare generally open to the public. Warning, there was no staff around when I was there, you just kind of wander from enclosure to enclosure. You don't actually go inide the cages with the animals, but you can reach through the fence and touch. They had quite a variety of animals, from the mundane pigs, sheep and cows to more exotic emus and llamas, but also some interesting if familiar donkeys and goats. On certain days they have hay rides, pony rides etc. Part of their philosophy on ministry is the use of animals in therapy.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Religious Travel
The Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum was founded in 1957 with the merger of the Layton Art Gallery and the Milwaukee Art Institute. At that time, the museum was moved to its present lakeside location into a building designed by Eero Saarinen, best known for designing the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis.
The museum's new Quadracci Pavilion opened in 2001. This unique building was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and is the first Calatrava-designed building to be built in the United States. Its most noteworthy feature is a moveable, wing-like brise soleil which opens 217 feet (66 meters) during the day. At night, and during inclement weather, it is folded over the arched structure of the building. The Quadracci Pavilion contains exhibition galleries, a museum store, and an auditorium. However, the main galleries are still contained in the original Eero Saarinen building.
The museum's collection includes over 20,000 pieces of art, only a small portion of which is on display at any one time. The collection includes important pieces by the Old Masters, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art, one of the world's best collections of German Expressionism, folk art, American decorative arts, modern and contemporary art, and artworks from Africa, Asia, and Haiti. The museum also has one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O'Keeffe.
The Milwaukee County Courthouse
The columned building in the distance is the Milwaukee County Courthouse. It sits on the crown of a hill overlooking downtown Milwaukee. Completed in 1931, it is Milwaukee's third courthouse. The previous two were located on Cathedral Square Park on the east side of the Milwaukee River.
The Classical Revival-style building was designed by New York City architect Albert Randolph Ross, who entered his design in a nationwide competition. His design was chosen from 32 other designs that were entered in the competition.
The 11-story building is 176 feet (54 Meters) tall, and was constructed of Indiana limestone. The building has Beaux-Arts details and decorations, including a flat roof and stone owls and lion heads. Although it is considered one of the grandest old courthouses in the United States, famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright called it a "million dollar pile of rocks."
The Milwaukee County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visit Little Norway
Little Norway is a preserved farm originally founded by Norwegian immigrants who spent their first winter living in a dugout, then emerged to build traditional Norwegian farm buildings on the land. Today you can see a combination of how that family lived along with the improvements made by a wealthy Chicago industrialist who took pride in his Norwegian heritage. The largest buildings house exhibits of farm and Norwegian immigrant life, like kitchen utensils, drinking bowls, clothing and farm implements. The buildings alone make for an interesting tour and you can buy Norwegian books and knick-knacks in the gift shop. The grounds also house the original but transplanted Norwegian building from the 1920s Chicago World's Fair, it's third location. I cover this building in a separate tip.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
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