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Old 07-13-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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I have never been to Wisconsin and I am planning a two week trip in late Sept/early Oct to visit Wisconsin hoping to view some lovely fall foliage.

Areas I want to visit:
Wisconsin Dells
Door County
Maybe Marinette County to see waterfalls

How long do you think it takes to visit each location and what do you think are things you should not miss?

I will be traveling solo and I like to sightsee, shop and photograph. I enjoy boat tours, city tours, factory tours, beaches, waterfront areas, botanical gardens and parks with flowers.

I enjoy staying in state parks if they are near where I want to visit but I am also fine with commercial campgrounds as well.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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If you're coming from the South, hit the dells first, then Door County, then swing West and get ham and bacon at Neuske's smokehouse, then head over to hwy 35 and follow the St. Croix River Valley South all the way to Prescott, head East for 11 miles to Ellsworth and get some Cheese Curds at the creamery and then head back West to 35 and follow South along the river. Beautiful views along Lake Pepin
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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Peninsula State Park is a nice place to ride a bike around the trails, or walk the trails. They have a bike rental shop just outside the park entrance. See the lighthouse, also drive up to the top of the bluff.

I haven't been to the Dells, but I've heard it's pretty touristy and costs money to do stuff... which is probably why I haven't been there.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:07 PM   #4
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Thanks Ron & Mike for the advice.

I want to go to the Dells mostly for curiosity. I have been to Branson, MO many, many times and I have heard the Dells compared to Branson and I would just like to see it.
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Gayle, the Dells is a family friendly tourist destination. Many waterparks, resorts, water shows, etc. I go there annually for the sturgeon fishing with some friends.

If you've never been there, I would take one of the duck tours. Someone bought up quite a few of the military landing craft after WWII and converted them for touring the Dells. They're quite popular with the tourists. It's a good way to see the river and all the amazing rock formations.

The other attraction I would not miss is the Paul Bunyan's Restaurant. It's an all you can eat breakfast place. The food is great, so go hungry. Not for those on a diet! There is also a built-in gift shop for the shopper in you. Ask anyone in town for directions.

Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty - Wisconsin's Favorite Restaurant

Have fun in WI. It's a beautiful state, full of nice people.

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The premier state parks in WI are Devils Lake, near the Dells. Peninsula near Fish Creek out in Door County, Gov Dodge near Dodgeville and Wyalusing near Prairie du Chien.

Personally, I prefer what we here in Wisconsin call the "North Woods". A pretty vague description of any area in the northern 1/3 of the state. My favorite is Northern Highland State Forest just north of Minocqua.

If you come across any of the state historical sites, take the opportunity to visit. They are spread across the state and are well presented for those so inclined. Their web site will give better details.

Dells - 1 day
Door County 2-3 days
"North Woods" 2 days
Mississippi River 2 days
Stopping at a place you like - 2 days
Travel - 2 days
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Gayle, one more tourist trap that claims to be one of the most popular places to visit is the "House on the Rock". It's located in the south central part of the state, west of Madison, and a little south of the Dells. It's almost impossible to describe. It started as a home built by an eccentric cab driver and as it grew, kept filling it with collections of weird things. It's an all day trip. Not a "Woodsy" experience as described by Paul, but a destination you won't soon forget.

I spent a couple years at Ft McCoy, WI, west of the Dells, and often cruised back roads enjoying the scenery. I was amazed how easy it was to find interesting things to see or do. Stay off the interstates, and you can't go wrong. The dairy farms in the southern half of the state look like postcards.

House On The Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin
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If you're going to be in Wisconsin, you might as well take a swing through Michigan's U.P. MI has more lighthouses and golf courses than any other state. Then cross the straits and make a stop at the EggCamper factory in Grandville.
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Fun Facts: Between the Upper and Lower Peninsula's of MI, there is more coastline than the entire Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida.

The longest straight line you could draw in MI without crossing a body of water, i.e.. lake, pond, river or stream is only 7 miles.

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Hello Gayle,
I would suggest the Moon handbook on Wisconsin. It will give you a wide ranging, relatively unbiased tour of the state. He is a"sconnie" (Wisconsinite), so you have to take that into consideration.
Should be available from your library system. We like Devil's Lake, Copper Falls, Northern Highlands/ American Legion state forest, and the whole of Door county. Tony
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Devils Lake SP, Brunet Island SP , Copper Falls SP ,Pattison SP ,Wyalusing SP
Peninsula SP are all good places to camp in Wisconsin . The UP of Michigan is a great place to visit and camp and the U.P. SP's are often less crowded then the Wisconsin SP's
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