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Help me "Discover" Wisconsin this summer!!
Posted June 18th, 2012 - 6:24 pm by from Wabeno, United States (Permalink)
Hello everyone, I just created a group that will hopefully help me explore this amazing state one week/roadtrip at a time. I plan to head out every week someplace different anywhere in the state for a day or two.

Please check out the group and offer any recs you may have on something I should do this summer!

Thanks and happy travels everyone!



Posted June 18th, 2012 - 7:02 pm by from Milwaukee, United States (Permalink)
Great idea! Here are a few suggestions:

1. Weekend trip camping/hiking/swimming at Devil's Lake
2. Weekend trip to Door County (you can camp here too)
3. Whitewater rafting at Wolf River (another camping opportunity, you can tell I'm in summer mode)

If I think of anymore I'll post them here. How long are you in WI for?

Posted June 18th, 2012 - 7:27 pm by from Wabeno, United States (Permalink)
Thanks for the suggestions! I live in Wisconsin so I figure I'll try someplace every week through mid-September before I start traveling elsewhere stateside and abroad.

Posted June 19th, 2012 - 1:12 am by from Menomonee Falls, United States (Permalink)
I also reccomend the wolf river expecially shotgun eddy's up in the menomonee indian reservation. Also that is right next to the nicolet national forest, where some of my favorite campgrounds are. Boot lake, and boulder lake are great.

Dells of the Eau Claire, is one of the best swimming holes you will ever find imho, it's just past a small town called hatley north of hwy 29 and about 45 min east of wausau, they have camping but...just go there for the swimming and waterfall, it's awesome.

The Driftless region is awesome and has some of our best artisianl cheesemakers in the state, crave brothers, upland farms, phantome farms, hooks, carr valley. All great places to check out if you like cheese.

If you really want to get crazy you can canoe and camp on the wisconsin river. I use to do this for weeks at a time. Just camp on all the sand barges and islands whilst canoeing down the river. You can head out from sauk city and arrange any kinda of or length of trip from there.
You can even go crazier than that and head up to the boundry waters in the northern part of the state, but that takes a bit more planning

There are alot of water falls in the UP that I would also reccomend, but techinically thats not wisconsin. Also I reccomend strawberry picking just about anywhere, and we also have raspberry and blue berry picking in many parts of the state. There are websites dedicated to listing the various farms for doing such.

Amish country, Milwaukee is nice to party and hit the beach, but personally the best unexplored beach area of lake michigan, where you can have a whole stretch of beach all to yourself is right in my old home town of caledonia in racine county. Probably some of the best untouched sand on lake michigan if you ask me.

Farmers markets in madison on saturday around the capital are nice too, I second devils lake, you can even learn how to scuba dive out there if it interest you. Camping out at eagle cave is cool too. Hudson / still water on the minnesota border is kinda neet. Going up and down along the mississippi is also pretty fun. Either by car or boat or who knows what. There is also good skydiving out in east troy, summerfest, Alpine valley is kicking into gear.

Old world wisconsin is kinda cool, lapham peak aint bad, kettle morraine forest is ok, cathedral of the pines is ok...I use to know more but that's all I can recall off the top of my head.

Posted June 19th, 2012 - 1:13 am by from Menomonee Falls, United States (Permalink)
by amish country I don't mean milwaukee, but just the section of the state like black earth or richland center around in there.

Posted June 27th, 2012 - 1:25 pm by from Wabeno, United States (Permalink)
Thanks a ton for all the ideas. So far I've done Minocqua and House on the Rock the past couple weeks. This week I stray a bit on the touristy path with Summerfest on Thursday and a Brewer game the following Monday with friends.

Possibly next up will be a trip back to the SW part of the state and do Cave of the Mounds and the New Glarus Brewery. I'll also try to do High Cliff State Park in the next couple weeks for some hiking and maybe the EAA Museum in Oshkosh. In August I'll arrange my work schedule to have consecutive days off so I can do the Apostle Islands, Door County and maybe some camping at Devil's Lake, which I haven't done since college.

Keep the ideas coming guys!

Posted June 19th, 2012 - 9:41 pm from Green Bay, United States
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Posted July 30th, 2012 - 7:34 pm by from Waukesha, United States (Permalink)
We drive by Taliesin every time we go to American Players Theatre, a must see for any theatre enthusiast. Their plays are all outdoors and they encourage you to have a picnic lunch on their grounds before hiking Up the Hill for the performance! Seriously, incredible theatre with an emphasis on classical plays-- like Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and others like Shaw or Tennessee Williams.

Posted June 19th, 2012 - 9:56 pm by from Madison, United States (Permalink)
Also, there are quite a few awesome Meetup groups around that do trips, hikes etc. You should check out meetup.com.

Posted July 2nd, 2012 - 4:21 am from Viroqua, United States
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Posted July 15th, 2012 - 5:48 am by from Wabeno, United States (Permalink)
Thanks Noel! Hitting up the Driftless Region is definitely on my list. Hoping that the first couple weeks in August, I can have a couple days in a row off and will head west.

I would love to Couchsurf for a night this summer while I'm doing my discovering!

Thanks again!