By Christina VanGinkel
Wisconsin is a state that has a bit of something for every type of traveler. If you are in search of a day spent shopping, dining, visiting museums, and a stay in a luxurious hotel to be pampered, then head south to Milwaukee for all the finest of each of these activities. Milwaukee will woo you with a visit to their world-renowned Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Follow up your visit to one of these attractions with a stopover to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, where you can dine at your choice of three restaurants, then spend the night at the historic Hilton, renowned for its flawless service and 1920’s grandeur style. Jump from the 20’s to modern day with a romp in their new urban Waterpark, Paradise Landing. Milwaukee really does have something to please everyone!
If the outdoors and natural wonders are more to your liking, then head north to the county of Marinette, known as the Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin. With its thirteen waterfalls located across the county, and one just across the border in the county of Dickinson in beautiful Upper Michigan, you will need at least two days to tour the waterfalls along the scenic route they have mapped out. So popular have they become for visitors in recent years, that bus tours from other countries come specifically to see these natural wonders. Many of the falls are located in county parks that have picnic areas, so come prepared with a packed basket, or stop at one of the many small town eateries along the way for a down-home meal. All of the parks and waterways offer plenty opportunities for photographs, so come prepared with lots of film or an extra memory card.
If a trip that includes kids is in your future, then pick Wisconsin Dells as your destination of choice. Known to many as the Waterpark Capital of the World, they have quite an amazing array of water parks, plus so much more. Home to attractions such as the famous Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, the Dells Boat Tours, Lost Canyon Tours, Tommy Bartlett Shoe, Storybook Gardens, Mid-Continent Railway Museum, and the Timbavati Wildlife Park at Storybook Gardens. After visiting one of these or the many other attractions, top off your stay at one of their famous water parks, such as the Great Wolf Lodge, Noah’s Ark Family Waterpark, Mt. Olympus Water, and Theme Park, or the Kalahari Indoor Waterpark.
Fall brings out visitors en masse to Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County, known for their colorful fall foliage, art and gift shops on nearly every corner and in between, lighthouses, and cherry and apple orchards. Find the true spirit of Wisconsin by including this vacation getaway on your next visit.
Wisconsin truly has something to offer every visitor to the state. With winter activities such as snowmobiling and skiing, and summer activities that include festivals and outdoor concerts, art and craft shows year round, fine dining, shopping, even a pro football team and casinos, Wisconsin is a tourist lover’s must do stop.