Beer and cheese – this is what most people think of when Wisconsin is mentioned. And whereas dairy farms do litter the countryside in many areas of Wisconsin, and the infamous Pabst Brewery is located in Milwaukee, there is far more to Wisconsin than its famous beer and cheese. This Great Lakes state may not come to mind when travel or vacations are being considered, and that’s a shame because the state has some incredible sights to behold. So much so that narrowing it down to five is going to be a dubious task indeed… But that’s exactly what we’re going to do here.
Since Milwaukee was already mentioned, let’s look a little further at this ever growing city. In a word – museums. Two to be exact. The art museum in Milwaukee is possibly one of the United States’ best art museums. Chinese artifacts, prints, photographs, objects de art, paintings and more make up this stunning example of imagination and talent. In fact the building itself is a work of art. If this sounds like a dreary museum experience possibly the relatively new Harley-Davidson Museum is more your style. Even if you don’t ride, you will be amazed and entertained by this display of the Hog’s history.
If you choose to visit Wisconsin during the summer months, missing a visit to Wisconsin Dells would be one of the biggest mistakes you could possibly make. From water rides and water parks housed within hotels to rock climbing and mini golf there never needs to be a dull moment… unless of course you want it that way. But it’s still a great place to bring the kids and it can be both fun and romantic for couples as well.
Blue Mounds – Cave of the Mounds
Stunning, breathtaking, amazing, exhilarating – none of these even begin to describe the feeling while standing amongst the gems, fossils, stalagmites, stalactites and numerous entertaining rock formations that you will see within the walls of these caves. And if it’s a hot day, you’ll be thankful for the cool atmosphere found within as well.
Baraboo – Circus World
The circus itself isn’t just for kids as can be witnessed at Baraboo’s Circus World. From 9 AM until 6 PM, this circus and its entertainers put smiles on the faces of everyone, young and old, between the middle of May until the beginning of September. There is of course a big top, elephants, lions, food, clowns, magic, music, gifts and so much more.
If you like seagulls, lake views, trolleys, candy and just generally beautiful sightseeing, Wisconsin’s Door County is a great place to start. If you like winter sports you can get some great deals here during the off-season as well. But summer is when Door County thrives and there are many attractions to keep families, couples, young and old busy. Tour wineries, ride a trolley, search for ghosts, see a lighthouse or just kick back and relax on the lakefront.
Wisconsin is the best of both worlds because not only is it full of lakes, providing fun and exciting water sports but its winters are perfect for the snow sports enthusiast. Just a word to the wise however – and if you are a winter sports enthusiast you should know this – windchill dips down well below zero so be prepared!