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Wisconsin

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Introduction

Wisconsin ©Yinan Chen

The varied terrain of Wisconsin, which borders Great Lakes Superior and Michigan, offers visitors some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Midwest. The rolling hills and fertile land of the east have made it a prime agricultural area, though it is also home to many of the state's bustling urban centres, including Milwaukee and Green Bay.


In the north, heavily forested hills hide hundreds of small glacial lakes. In central Wisconsin, the scene shifts again to sharp buttes and mesas usually associated with the Southwest, while the western area along the St. Croix River gives way to limestone and sandstone bluffs. The diverse geography does have one common feature: pristine beauty. Wisconsin residents have a reputation for being energetic and outgoing, and once visitors have gone trout fishing on the Kinnickinnic River, explored the historic lighthouses and stunning waterways of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, gone mountain biking across the Kettle Moraine or tapped trees for maple sap in the Northwoods, they will understand why.


Wisconsin's invigorating setting and crisp, pine-scented air are complemented by its rich culture, thrilling pro sports scene and decades-long brewing tradition. While German immigrants are credited with introducing the famous bratwursts and brews, Scandinavian immigrants have also had an impact on Wisconsin heritage, particularly in the north, which boasts some of the best Nordic ski trails in the country. Each year, international athletes travel to Wisconsin for the American Birkebeiner ski marathon, part of the elite Worldloppet circuit and the most significant cross-country skiing event in America. The state also has a large Amish community, which is welcoming of visitors and an unrivalled source for quilts and crafts, antique furniture and delicious homemade food. Wisconsin's 11 Native American tribes also offer unique cultural experiences, including historic villages and cultural festivals. As for the arts, Wisconsin was the home state of visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the founder of the Prairie School of Design. In Spring Green, visitors can tour Taliesin, his home and architectural magnum opus.


The features for which Wisconsin is best known among Americans often go hand in hand: beer and football. Milwaukee is the brew city, home to Miller, the quintessential American thirst-quencher, as well as countless microbreweries and local brewpubs, any of which is the perfect accompaniment to watching Wisconsin's beloved Green Bay Packers take the field. The Packers are NFL legends, and adventurous visitors might join Wisconsin fans, or 'cheeseheads', in braving snow and freezing temperatures to cheer them on at their home stadium. The odd nickname of Packers fans is a testament to another of Wisconsin's claims to fame: dairy products. Often called America's Dairyland, Wisconsin produces more cheese than any other state in the country, and its beer, wine and cheese tours are an indulgent way to spend a weekend.


Climate Info

Wisconsin's climate is typically continental, with four distinct seasons. Its relatively short summers are warm, with pleasantly cool evenings. Winters are often harsh, with very low temperatures and heavy snowfalls. In the north, lakes and streams may be covered with ice from November to April. These conditions, however, are precisely why Wisconsin is so popular among winter sports enthusiasts.


Getting Around

Many tourist attractions in downtown Milwaukee can be explored on foot and the skywalk network in the city centre conveniently protects pedestrians from the elements. However, if visitors wish to travel a bit farther, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) operates buses on more than 50 routes in the city and surrounding region. Single tickets can be bought on board, but exact change is required. Multiple-ride tickets and weekly or monthly passes can be bought at outlets such as supermarkets throughout the city. The Milwaukee Trolley Loop in the city centre is aimed at tourists and stops at major attractions. The Milwaukee Intermodal Station is the city's transport hub, with Amtrak trains connecting to Chicago as well as long distance buses. Cycle rickshaws also operate in the city, and a ferry service runs across Lake Michigan to Muskegon. Taxis often queue at hotels and other attractions, though visitors should not assume it will be easy to hail one on the street. In recent years, Milwaukee has worked hard to make the city bicycle-friendly.


Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA)

LocationThe airport is located five miles (8km) southeast of the central business district of Mosinee.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

There is no public transportation to the airport. Many local hotels offer free shuttle transfers, and taxis and rental cars are available.

Car Rental

Car rental companies at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi companies operating from the airport include Courtesy Cabs and All American Taxi. It is recommended to book a taxi in advance.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a cafe, a gift shop, a first aid station, information points, a post office drop box and public phones.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is free for the first 45 minutes, then charged at $1 per hour up to a daily rate of $7. Cash and credit card payments are accepted.

Websitewww.fly-cwa.org


Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)

LocationThe airport is located five miles (8km) northeast of Madison.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

+1 (608) 246-3380

Getting to city

The Madison Metro Transit System Route 20 bus runs to the airport every 30 minutes on weekdays, and every 60 minutes in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. Travellers going to downtown Madison should take the westbound bus marked 'Route 20 - North Transfer Point', while those heading east can take the bus marked 'Route 20 - East Towne Mall'. Many hotels in Madison offer complimentary shuttle transfers from the airport as well.

Car Rental

Car hire companies operating from the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Car rental desks are located in the baggage claim area.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are located at Door 7, at the north end of the baggage claim area.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a business centre and conference rooms, massage services, a first aid station, information desks, pet relief areas, baby-changing and breast-feeding facilities, a family lounge, newsstands, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars, and public phones. Disabled services are available.

Car Parking

Short and long-term parking is located directly across from the terminal, while the economy lot is roughly a ten-minute walk away. The first 15 minutes are free in the Hourly (Ramp) Lot, then $1 for 30 minutes, $2 for 60 minutes, $3 for 90 minutes and $4 for two hours. Thereafter parking is $2 per hour, with a $16 daily limit. Daily rates are $10 in the Long Term (Ramp) Lot, $8 per day in the Surface Lot, and $6 per day in the Economy Lot.

Websitewww.msnairport.com


General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)

LocationThe airport is located five miles (8km) south of Milwaukee.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

The Milwaukee Country Transit System operates several lines to the airport: Route 80 connects to downtown Milwaukee from around 5am and after midnight, while the GreenLine runs to Bayshore Town Center between around 4am and 2am. Adult cash fare is $2.25.

Car Rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Airpor Taxis

Metered taxi service is available from the taxi pick-up station located outside of Baggage Claim 3.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a lost and found, various dining and shopping options, conference and banquet rooms, UPS mail drops, ATMs, public phones, a children's play area and an aviation history museum.

Car Parking

All parking lots cost $2 per hour, however daily rates vary from $23 in the hourly lot to $7 in the SuperSaver lot. All parking is within walking distance of the terminal, with the exception of the SuperSaver lot, which is served by a free shuttle. Passengers arriving via Amtrak can park in a special lot for $7 per day.

Websitewww.mitchellairport.com


Appleton International Airport (ATW)

LocationThe airport is located six miles (10km) from downtown Appleton.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

There is no public transport servicing Appleton Airport; however, taxis and rental cars are available. Some local hotels provide free shuttle service for guests with advance bookings.

Car Rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Enterprise and can be located at their registration counters inside the terminal.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi companies available at the airport include Able Taxi, Apple Velley Taxi and Fox Valley Cab.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a gift shop, a one-day dry cleaning and laundry service, restaurant, a dog daycare facility, family restroom, business lounge, ATM and vending machine.

Car Parking

Short and long-term parking is right in front of the terminal and offers 30 minutes free parking. Short-term parking costs $1 per half an hour, $2 per hour and $13 per day. Long-term parking costs $2 for the first hour, $1 for every additional hour, $7 per day and $38 per week.

Websitewww.atwairport.com


La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE)

LocationThe airport is located five miles (8km) northwest of La Crosse.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

There is no public transport servicing the airport, however local shuttle companies offer door-to-door service.

Car Rental

Rental cars are available from Hertz, Avis, National and Enterprise.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis do not wait at the airport, however they can be contacted via the courtesy phone next to the baggage claim area.

Airport Facilities

Terminal facilities include a lost and found, a conference room, a pet relief area, a children's room and a gift shop. The newly refurbished airport restaurant offers food and a bar, serving locally brewed products.

Car Parking

There is a 20-minute grace period in all lots. The short-term lot charges $2 for the first hour and $1 per half-hour thereafter up to a maximum of $10 per day. Long-term parking is free for the first 20 minutes, $2 for the first hour (or portion thereof) and $1 per hour thereafter up to $7 per day.

Websitewww.lseairport.com


Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB)

LocationThe airport is located eight miles (13km) southwest of Green Bay.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

There is no public transport directly serving the airport; however, a number of shuttle companies offer door-to-door service and taxis and rental cars are available.

Car Rental

Rental cars are available from Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and Alamo.

Airpor Taxis

Numerous taxi companies, including Able Taxi, Astro Taxi, Diamond Taxi, and 1 Awesome Cab, service Green Bay Airport. It is advisable to book a taxi ahead of time to ensure prompt service.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include vending machines, family areas, business centres, VIP lounges, ATMs and a number of shopping and dining options.

Car Parking

Parking in the short-term lot is $1 per half hour up to $16 per day. The long-term lot charges $1 per hour up to $8 per day and $40 per week. There is a cell phone lot for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Websitewww.flygrb.com


Miller Park


Miller Park is the home of major league baseball's Milwaukee Brewers. Opened in 2001, the ballpark combines state-of-the-art features, including a unique fan-shaped convertible roof, with the 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' nostalgia of America's pastime.


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Miller Park ©Spaluch1



Miller Brewing Company


The Miller Brewery, established in 1855, is a landmark in Milwaukee, and visitors can participate in a free, entertaining, one-hour guided tour of the brewhouse, packaging centre and historic caves on the premises. Tours conclude with samples either at the old Miller Inn or in the beer g
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Entrance to Miller Brewery ©Coemgenus



Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory


The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is commonly referred to as 'the Domes', due to its memorable architecture. Its three giant glass vault-like structures are bursting with diverse plant life. Visitors can explore a different habitat - arid, tropical or floral - in each dome.

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Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory ©Sulfur



Lambeau Field


Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers football team, is a landmark among America's football stadiums. When it underwent extensive renovations a few years ago, fans pleaded for the preservation of its trademark features.


Today, its retro style and original seating bowl
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Lambeau Field ©JL1Row



The House on the Rock


Sticking up out of nowhere in the flat Wisconsin landscape, the House on the Rock is a truly unique tourist attraction. The house itself was built by eccentric millionaire Alex Jordan Sr., both in homage and retaliation to renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who had dismissed his arch
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Infinity Room of the House on the Rock ©Richie Diesterheft



Wisconsin Dells


About two hours' drive from Milwaukee is Wisconsin Dells, which takes its name from the distinctive sandstone formations in the glacial gorges of the Wisconsin River.


The city bills itself as the 'Waterpark Capital of the World', and with more than 20 indoor and outdoor parks
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Street in Wisconsin Dells ©Runner1928



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