Wisconsin, the “badger State” borders two of the five Great Lakes and four US states. The capital is Madison and its largest city is Milwaukee. The name Wisconsin originated from the river Meskousing in the state which supposedly was haphazardly anglicized into Wisconsin. Almost forty-six percent of the land in Wisconsin is covered by forest and this results in a large choice of outdoor activities including skiing, ice fishing and snowmobile races.
The General Mitchell International Airport is the major entryway for tourists who visit Wisconsin. Taxis, rental cars and shuttles are available to whisk the traveler away to their destinations.
The summer weather in Wisconsin is interesting; tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, droughts, and rains are common. Winter weather is good for snowmobiling, skiing and other snow activities. April through September is a good time to visit this state.
In the capital city of Madison, one of the attractions not to be missed is the Chazen Museum of Art (800 University Ave – WI 53706). This is a University collection dating thousands of years and included furniture, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, photos, currency and paintings. In contrast to the typical boring colonial collections, this collection was gathered from Asia, Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East.
The Geology museum in Madison is a fascinating adventure through mammal fossils such as Mastodons and giant beavers. Smaller, ocean dwelling creatures, information about rocks and minerals and many other interesting pieces of information can be found here.
Other places to visit in Madison include Henry Vilas Zoo, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, State Street Walking Tours, Taliesin Estates, The Arboretum, Unitarian Meeting House and Wisconsin Historical Museum.
Kettle Moraine State Forest (at N1765 Highway G, WI 53010) is about 45 minutes from Milwaukee. Covering over 30,000 acres of land including lakes, hills, glacial formations, etc., this park thrills all outdoor enthusiasts. Learn about geology, topography of the park, its history and other important and interesting details at the Henry S Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center. Activities you can enjoy to the maximum include hiking, cycling over 130 miles of trails, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.
The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory displays a variety of desert plants, cacti, palms and other features of a tropical rainforest environment. Also shown are birds, iguanas and other exotic species of animals. Other places to visit in Milwaukee are Captain Frederick Pabst Museum, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, Milwaukee Art Museum, Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.
Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland. It is common to see people wearing wedges of cheese at festivals, earning them the name of cheese-heads. Wisconsin is also known for its pristine golf courses and for outdoors activities in its 15,000 lakes and 33.000 miles of rivers.
In the city or Eau Claire, visit the Chippewa River Valley Trail System to follow the course of the Chippewa River and hike or jog to the Chippewa falls. Or check out the seventh oldest working brewery in the USA, Leinenkugel. Join a guided tour to find out whey the original Lager has been a favorite for five generations.