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WISCONSIN
The Stately state capital for 6-8 weeks. There are 10
of Madison
major scenic driving routes,
including Door County; the
‘Cranberry Highway’ (www.
WISCONSIN
cranberryhighway.com);
St Croix National Scenic
Riverway; and the Great River
Road along the Mississippi (www.
wigreatriverroad.org).
Arriving in La Crosse
affords spectacular views
from Granddad Bluff over
Wisconsin and neighbouring
Minnesota and Iowa; lunch cruises
on the Mississippi; and tours of
the Victorian Hixon House. Then
head east, via Spring Green –
home to renowned architect Frank
Lloyd Wright and his visionary
Bayfi eld’s Applefest
Taliesin house, and the amazing
House on the Rock of rival Alex
County, with 300 miles of
● Fans of TV series Happy Days should seek out
Jordan – to state capital Madison.
coastline and fi ve state parks
the new bronze statue of The Fonz (aka actor STATE
The downtown area features
Henry Winkler) which graces the Milwaukee
for a journey into the totally
SECRETS
Riverwalk scene and celebrates the show’s city
the majestic Capitol building
picturesque. Explore superb links. and University campus, plus
golf courses, scenic hikes, State Street Mall, full of eclectic
● Wisconsin’s Marathon County is America’s ginseng
surprisingly rich performing arts
capital, producing some 95% of the highly-valued
shops, restaurants and cultural
scene (especially for jazz and
medicinal root. Visit Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises in Wausau for the
opportunities like the Overture
touring theatre groups) and
full insight into this unusual business.
Center for the Arts.
charming harbourside towns,
● The small city of Hayward is home to the annual Lumberjack
Madison is also the ideal
like Norwegian-tinged Ephraim,
World Championships every July, which makes for an eye-
point from which to tour the
Fish Creek, at the entrance catching spectacle for casual visitors and draws competitors from neighbouring European-
to Peninsula State Park, and
as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
infl uenced towns like New
the birding and hiking centre of Glarus, ‘America’s Little
Baileys Harbour. Sturgeon and Heritage Hill history centre This is also a prime area for Switzerland,’ Mount Horeb (and
Bay boasts the Door County offers a hands-on look at the Fall Foliage tours, when much its Norwegian ‘Trollway’) and
Maritime Museum, the Miller Art region’s past), then head west to of Wisconsin bursts into vivid Stoughton, with the colourful
Center and Potawatomi State Park Wausau, a regional hub on the autumn colour to rival anywhere Syttende Mai festival every May.
for contrasting views of local arts Wisconsin River. The downtown in America from late-September Return to Milwaukee.
and nature. district features the 1920s-era
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Retrace your steps slightly via Grand Theater and Marathon
Bayfield CIRCLE TOUR
Lake Superior
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Green Bay (where Lambeau County Historical Museum, plus ROUTE: Round–trip
Field is one of the premier Whitewater Park, which stages
from Milwaukee
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2 DISTANCE: 1,190 miles
venues for American football, world-rated kayak competitions
ALLOW: 12 days
each summer. Outside town,
GETTING THERE
witness Wisconsin’s largest dairy,
Van Der Geest’s, which boasts
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Flights from the UK to
Milwaukee include –
more than 3,000 cows with
milking three times a day!
Fish Creek
Ephraim
From London Baileys Harbour
Lake
Heathrow: United
Going north to Bayfi eld
Chippewa Falls
Wausau
Sturgeon
Huron
Eau Claire
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Airlines provide
brings you to the south shore of
fl ights via Chicago, as
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Lake Superior, and the delightful 93
Green Bay
Lake
do British Airways/
Apostle Islands, where lighthouse
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Michigan
American Airlines;
Northwest fl y via tours and beautiful sailing are the
Minneapolis/St Paul
order of the day. Then go south
La Crosse
and Detroit. From
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Sheboygan
through the Chippewa Valley to
London Gatwick:
Eau Claire. Beer fans should
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Northwest fl y via Detroit.
From Dublin: Aer Lingus and stop at Chippewa Falls for the
Spring Green
Madison
Milwaukee
Northwest/KLM via London or
free Leinenkugel’s Brewery tour
Mt. Horeb Stoughton
Lake Erie
Amsterdam.
and gift-shop.
New Glarus
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