One scenic driving trip is going up around the Bayfield Peninsula
to Point Detour which is the northernmost point on mainland Wisconsin.
Point Detour is on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation
which belongs to the Red Cliff band of Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indians
One of the really great trips around the Bayfield Peninsula in Bayfield County
is the 2 hour ferry trip around the Apostle Islands National Park
which technically part of Ashland County.
The ferry leaves from the charming victorian town of Bayfield
and depending on good weather conditions takes you out to Devils Island
where Lake Superior has eroded under the island creating the sea caves
other islands have sea caves as well but Devils Island has the largest ones.
Kind of a fun place...We went here after I graduated boot camp. (Hey, what can i say...Jelly Belly may not sound like much, but after being holed up in moldy barracks for 9 weeks, anything will do!! (you other military guys know what I am talking about!!)).
There is a 35-minute train tour that takes you through the center. Throughout the tour, you will see artwork of Elvis, the Statue of Liberty, and many others made out of jelly beans. At the end of the tour, you get a free sample of jelly beans. Admission is free.
People, animals, everything in the park - concrete! Bejeweled with old tail lights made of real glass. Very unusual if you like strange things. Then if you want to get real serious visit the Lidice Memorial in the same town (located in Phillips on Fifield Street, one block off of Hwy 13, behind the Timber Inn Motel).
The Kettle Moraine forest is gorgeous anytime of year, but very nice with the fall foliage. Mountain biking is very popular here as well as hiking/walking, photography, camping,two beaches and all your outdoorsman stuff. There is also a train ride which is scenic. Drive around and sightsee-there are beautiful homes in this area as well.
There are two entrances to the park Northern and Southern (the directions here are for the southern)
If in this area be sure to check out Old World Wisconsin, which is located in the forest (see my other WI tips for this)
Miller Park is a GREAT got to see the Cubs beat the Brewers :)
$36.00 third base line seats, row 11 section 17. With .300 Club tickets (Resturant in the stadium)
$12 for premium parking, closer to the field when you get there, sit intraffic for 1/2 hour trying to get out
$6.50 for a beer, i paid $6.50 to drink cold water. Coming from Europe my friends would call me a fool! But what the heck it was hot and I drank 3.
$4.00 Bratwurst (more like a breakfast sausage)
$3.50 Cracker Jack
$30.00 for baseball shirt
Laughed at all the fat a** trying to get into the little plastic seats
Friends in the city pay extra on tax because of this stadium
Overall ALOT of Fun in a very nice enviornment!!!!
Lake Winnebago is a very very large lake. As you can see from Miyuki's picture, you can't see all the way across. Several towns and resorts lie on its shores, and the lake is a major tourist draw. Appleton, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh are just three of the large towns flanking the lake. The lake itself is relatively shallow and I understand you can wade out a fairly long way before you would be in over your head.
Lakeside Park is a ery nice park on the shores of Lake Winnebago, which is almost big enough to warrant being called a Great Lake. The park is very pleasant, witha lighthouse ot climb for a good view of the city, swimming and wading in the lake, and more. They have a petting zoo available, and miniature train rides, plus at various times of the year, festivals. This is your one 'must do' in Fond du Lac.
You can buy guidebooks and maps for this. An inexpensive way to see a lot of nice small towns and a lot of great scenery is to follow this tour around Lake Michigan. The tour is a series of roads and highways that hug the lakeshore as closely as possible. Since a lot of the lakeshore is privately owned they can't keep you right on the edge the whole way, but they come close. Its a nice, relaxing drive that, in theory, you could follow the whole circumference of the lake. I chose to see only a part of it. The picture shows a sample of the sign.
This page deals only with the Lake Michigan Circle Tour. There is, however, a tour for each of the Great Lakes, perhaps excluding Lake Champlain. Illinois has the River Road Tour, which parallels the Mississippi.
Madison is not really a government city like you might expect from a state capitol. When you enter Madison it has the look and feel of an overgrown college campus with a civic component.
Because there are so many students in the city, you find many shops and stores and restaurants that are keen to cater to the curious mind. Brass from India, cheese from Wisconsin, dress shops fromn central Asia, all these things have found their way to the streets of Madison, including a very large cluster near the capitol dome. It is very possible to kill entire days snacking on British meat pies, sipping Italian cappucino, and loafing through musty used book stores.
If you have some time in Wisconsin and you want to pass it in a pleasant, very non-hostile environment surrounded by nice things and people, you could do very well to drop in to Madison.
The picture shows one of the primary streets of downtown, along with a view of the capitol dome itself.
New Glarus is apparently a town whose land was originally purchased by the town of Glarus in Switzerland, which then went on to send settlers to the new "colony". The town boasts that the original Swiss dialect is still spoken there.
You can buy Swiss-German souveniers, enjoy a fondue at what I think is a high price, and wander the Swiss style streets and chalets. The whole town is set up for tourism, with above average per capita restaurants and charming stores. For all they try, you really don't get the feeling you are in a transported piece of Switzerland, but it is a nice town, with a unique flavor designed to let people have fun.
For some reason, the town likes painting plastic cows. They do this very well, and the cows are pretty, but like Wisconsin itself, a bit odd.
Looking for a nice place to cool off in the summertime? Visit Lake Mills-a small historic community is on the shores of Rock Lake. While driving through downtown stop and enjoy the large park in the middle of downtown.The Downtown Commons Park.' large grassy area with Gazebos. Very pretty. Cool off at Rock Lake they have nice beaches for swimming, boating,etc in Lake Mills
Circus world is a fun place- Visit Circus world museum and see all the old circus trains, ride the carasoul, see the elephants. I have fond memories of this place as a kid and it was fun taking my kids here as well. Often you can get discount coupons online.
Peshtigo is not really that much of a touristy town, but if you are in the area visit the Peshtigo Fire Museum
On the same fateful night as Chicago's Great Fire, October 8, 1871, Peshtigo, WI had the worst recorded forest fire in North American history.. The fire destroyed millions of dollars worth of property,timberland, and killed between 1,200 and 2,400 people.
Ironically, even though this fire was more devasting (in cost of lives) than Chicago's Great Fire, most people don't even know it happened. Unless of course you went to school in WI and studied WI history.
Most of the people who survived this great fire did so by making it to the Peshtigo River. It is very sad piece of history. This museum commemorate the Great Peshtigo Fire-there is a cemetary next to it as well.
Open daily from May 19th to October 8th from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
If you're in WI visit the capitol city Madison. Located on an Isthmus Madison is surrounded by beautiful lakes, parks, and a fun downtown area. Check out my page on Madison-I will be adding stuff there shortly.
Madison, in my opinion, is one of the best cities in Wisconsin.
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Cave of the Mounds is a National Natural Landmark. Tour takes aprox an hour.
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