We explored Wisconsin as part of our Great Lakes Road Trip in May-June of 2021. Our explorations included Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Wisconsin is all about scenic Rt. 13, the charming town of Bayfield, the murals of Ashland, lakes, freshwater fishing, boating, sandstone formations, maritime history, dairy cows, cheese & cheese curds, beer, bratwurst and fish boils. It is about walks along the Mississippi and the Milwaukee Rivers and Lake Superior. It is about the University of Wisconsin in Madison, locks and dams, charming villages, grottoes and smoked fish.
We cruised through Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on a cold and blustery day, searched for waterfalls at Copper Falls State Park, climbed inside of a giant sturgeon at the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, stopped for a beer flight at Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls, and paid our respects to veterans at the High Ground on Memorial Day, topped off by an old-fashioned Chinese meal at Shaw Lee in Wisconsin Rapids. We strolled through Witches Gulch and watched a dog jump over an abyss at Stand Rock in Wisconsin Dells. We climbed the steep boulder-strewn trail at Devil’s Lake State Park to the Devil’s Doorway. We enjoyed a Bodega Bowl in the shadow of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, and wandered around the stunning University of Wisconsin campus. We meandered down State Street and enjoyed dumplings at Chen’s Noodles & Dumplings. We munched on cheese curds and beer at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. We wandered through the “Streets of Old Milwaukee” and the European Village and learned about Nelson Mandela at the Milwaukee Public Museum. We glimpsed all-things-beer including Miller Brewing and the Pabst Mansion, then met “the Fonz” on the Riverwalk. We explored the Public Market and the Historic Third Ward. We learned about maritime history in Sturgeon Bay and walked along limestone bedrock fronting Lake Michigan at Cave Point County Park. We witnessed a conflagration and ate whitefish at a fish boil at Pelletier’s in Fish Creek. We soaked up a stunning sunset at Sunset Beach at Fish Creek. And finally, we donned cheeseheads and did the “Lambeau Leap” at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Our top ten experiences in Wisconsin were:
10) Green Bay – Lambeau Field
9) Dickeyville Grotto
8) Hayward Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
7) Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls
6) Wisconsin Dells
5) Devil’s Lake State Park: The Balanced Rock Trail
4) Milwaukee : Milwaukee Public Museum, Riverwalk, the Historic Third Ward & the Milwaukee Public Market
3) Madison: University of Wisconsin, State Street, & the Wisconsin State Capitol
2) Apostle Island National Lakeshore: Apostle Islands Cruises (The Grand Tour)
1) Door County: Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek & Pelletier’s Nightly Fish Boil, & Cave Point County Park
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I like the National Parks better than the towns, Cathy. My attention focus soon wanders. I know it’s different when you’re recording memories. Glad you’re out and about enjoying life, hon.
The National Parks are always fabulous, Jo, and for sure the Wisconsin towns leave a lot to be desired. Except for Madison, the capital, which I adored. It’s the one place I’ve found that I would consider living in retirement. It is a great college town and very pretty; the only negative is the weather in winter. It is always fun to make the video and to relive our entire trip and encapsulate what an area is all about. 🙂
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So I had no idea what you meant by Cheesehead till the end! Lots of interesting shoreline and trails, I loved the murals, the surprise appearance of a London bus and a FLW building I’d never seen before. Fabulous! Obviously lots to do, but maybe not a State to focus a transatlantic trip on. Not quite spectacular enough for that.
I honestly didn’t know about the Cheeseheads either, Anabel; Mike knows because he’s into sports but I’m not. Wisconsin is definitely known for cheese and dairy products, so I guess the Cheesehead is appropriate. The shoreline in Wisconsin is beautiful but hard to get to. We were on a three hour boat ride to the Apostle Islands and it was windy and frigid. I was miserable the whole time. The proper way to do it is to take a kayak trip on a beautiful day (a large boat takes the kayaks out and leads them around through the tunnels). It was too cold for that when we were there.
The London bus was a surprise to us too! No, I certainly wouldn’t focus a transatlantic trip on Wisconsin. There are so many better destinations to focus on. Thank you for watching! (I’ve been in South Florida for 3 weeks, thus my late reply). 🙂
I did once have an ambition to visit every US state! I can’t see that happening now, so I’ll leave you to fill me in. Keep the videos coming!
Thanks! I also have a dream to visit every U.S. state before I die. Some I’ve now decided aren’t really worthwhile, especially some of the midwestern states. Though I have now been through almost every state, some I want to see more of. I’m having fun making the videos, so I hope to keep doing them. 🙂
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