We share many of the natural amenities--lakes, rivers, dunes, hunting, water skiing, birding, fishing, paddling, forests, trails--with our neighbors MI and MN.....except a border with Canada....contrary to what many people think
Central and Northern WI (my favorite along with MI's U.P.) offers much for the "a-typical foodie". Good portions, value, stick to your ribs comfort food is easiest to find and traditional WI.
Drinks--Beer, beer and more beer. Tours and tasting. hand muddled old fashioneds. The bloody Mary's here made a convert out of me ---I hate tomato juice. Hot buttered rum and Tom & Jerry's are found around the holidays....and, yes, hand made (no premix bottle of blah). Finally, Moscow Mules served in copper mugs. Hmmm? I'm getting thirsty
We do Friday night fish fry here....often standing room only at the best kept secret spots. Ask a local where to go. It's often a supper club (yes, we still have them) or a bar/restaurant. Bar/restaurants are more restaurant than bar before 9 or 10 pm so no worries about dining with kids there.
Other foods: cheese curds. fresh (visit a dairy on your trip and you can get them squeaky fresh and still a little warm) or try them hand battered and deep fried at any number of the fairs, music festivals, food festivals and carnivals we have here. Camping is a popular part of the music festivals too! Oh yeah. We have cheese here too! Tons of it! So there are cows everywhere. Lol!
We have a lot of German in our blood here so brats n kraut are common. You'll occasionally find other German inspired foods too- Wiener schnitzel, German potato salad, beets, etc
We're the home of Frank Lloyd Wright (further south near our capital Madison). Madison is a typical foodie locale. House on the Rock is also in
Harley Davidson calls WI home (Milwaukee to the south and Tomahawk to the north). Organized rides are common.
Our roads are beautiful and in great condition and our water is clean and accessible to the public ....as a civil engineer I'm happy for the investment our state has made in these areas :-)
Bowling, curling, horseback riding, and horse camping are popular in my area. Wausau also hosts international national kayak races.
Door County (peninsula on Lake MI known for wine tasting and cherries) and the Apostle Islands come to mind for great natural beauty.
Skiing (not Colorado style but decent), x country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ATVing easily accessible.
Whew! I figured I'd leave a just few sentences tops! This was a good exercise in why I love the Midwest. Come visit us.